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Larry Coryell

    As one of the pioneers of jazz rock -- perhaps "the" pioneer in the ears of some -- Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences.

    Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, Coryell is comfortable in almost every style, covering every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, a lot of his most crucial electric work from the '60s and '70s is missing on CD, tied up by the erratic reissue schemes of Vanguard, RCA and other labels, and by jazz-rock's myopically low level of status in the CD era - although that mindset is slowly changing.

    Larry Coryell grew up in the Seattle, Washington area where his mother introduced him to the piano at the tender age of 4. He switched to guitar and played rock music while in his teens. He didn't consider himself good enough to pursue a music career and studied journalism at The University of Washington while at the same time taking private guitar lessons.

    By 1965 he had relocated to New York City and began taking classical guitar lessons which would figure prominently in later stages of his career. Although citing Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry as early influences he also took cues from jazzmen such as John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. He was also inspired by pop music of the day by The Beatles, The Byrds and Bob Dylan and worked diligently to meld both rock and jazz stylings into his technique.

Larry Coryell - Jazz Guitar - Vol 1 - DVD
This 3 part video series presents an intense and challenging study of jazz guitar ideas. In this first volume the following subjects are discussed: major scales and playing these in different positions and variations, minor, diminished, whole tone-augmented scales, chromatic scales, accents within picking patterns, arpeggios, modes and intervals, building an intellectual understanding between scales and chords, movements between harmony and bass lines, going beyond diatonic chord/scale usage, single-note line improvising over changes, substitute chords and soloing!
(85 min) Booklet included........................................................Price - $29.95

Larry Coryell - Jazz Guitar - Vol 2 - DVD
Presents the following subjects: creating the improvised line, substitute chord, importance of the minor-major 7th sound, the jazz (ascending melodic) minor scale and related chords, how to apply the jazz minor scale to standards, repositioning altered chords to fit single-note fingering options within the jazz minor spectrum, vocabulary of the improvised line, blues phrasing to a more sophisticated bebop-type of line, guitaristic devices that advance the music (i.e string-bending, octaves and fingerings), how to play and improvise on "Autumn Leaves" as a solo guitar arrangement, more involved chords and improvisations with John Coltrane's "A Moment's Notice".
(70 min) Booklet included........................................................Price - $29.95

Larry Coryell - Jazz Guitar - Vol 3 - DVD
Presents the following subjects: sweep picking, back-picking, playing triplets with pick and fingers, rhythm guitar playing, (ie with plectrum, Brazilian-oriented fingerstyle), chords and bass lines in four-beat jazz using just the fingers, comping on John Coltrane's "Giant Steps", how to solo over "Giant Steps' using harmonic "shortcuts' and unorthodox chord changes, re-harmonization of both the melody and the so-called "blowing" changes when they differ from the melody changes, complete transcription of both melody and re-harmonized "blowing" changes for Charles Mingus's "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", and defining characteristics of advanced improvisation!
(85 min) Booklet included........................................................Price - $29.95

Larry Coryell - Blues Guitar - DVD
In this unique DVD, jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell begins by teaching the blues guitar techniques of  T-Bone Walker and then moves on to the highly stylistic techniques of the two "Kings" - B.B. King and Albert King! This is then followed by the more sophisticated blues-jazz realm of the legendary Wes Montgomery. This DVD lesson finishes with some rarely taught but very important blues influences from the legendary horn player Miles Davis. Specifics covered are: the pentatonic scale and intervals, a transcription of a blues tribute to T-Bone Walker, bending notes in the styles of B.B. King & Albert King, Wes Montgomery's  D Natural Blues", and Miles Davis's "All Blues" with relevant "jazz minor" scales clearly explained. Don't miss this chance to learn some of the things that have made Larry's playing so famous!
(66 min) Booklet included........................................................Price - $29.95

Larry Coryell - Advanced Jazz Guitar - DVD
It's hard to imagine a more in-depth and advanced lesson on jazz guitar than this masterpiece by Larry Coryell. All of his years of experience and knowledge come into focus as he works on how to play over changes, substitute chords and licks, turnarounds, breaking down complex single-note melodies, blues/jazz styles, swing comping, combining Django Reinhardt style with modern "walking" bass lines, Coltrane phrases, Lenny Breau style "waterfall" harmonics, "outside" playing, Gabor Szabo octaves, special stretch exercises, working with dissonance and even more! Larry shows through-out the tape how he's just as incredible a teacher as he is a player, and we can assure you, there's enough information here to keep any guitarist busy for a long time. Larry Coryell is one of jazz/rock fusion's true pioneering greats and, along with his solo recordings, has recorded with numerous legendary musicians such as John McLaughlin, Sonny Rollins, Stephane Grappelli, and Wayne Shorter. Always an educator as well as a player, he's been a popular columnist for Guitar Player Magazine for many years.
(60 min) Booklet included........................................................Price - $24.95
 Larry Coryell Plays "Feel Like Making Love"

Larry Coryell - Creative Comping, Soloing & Improvising - Book and CD
A new workbook that will help you improve your ability to play over changes, understand jazz harmony, new approaches to comping, and elements of improvisation.. Coryell provides dozens of exercises plus original compositions that challenge you to exercise flexibility and creative thinking.
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $19.95
 Larry Coryell Plays "Ravel's Bolero"

Larry Coryell - Exercises, Scales, Modes & Techniques - Book and 3 CDs
This book contains three CDs (three full hours of instruction) featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction covering these topics in depth: C scale and variations, discussions of modes and intervals, artificial harmonics, Lenny Breau's ripple effects, 2-4-1-4 exercises, Japanese gratitude exercises, 7/4 diminished exercises, minor thirds, 1+2 scales, 1+2 blues and much more!
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $24.95
  Larry Coryell Plays "School Days"

Larry Coryell - Power Jazz Guitar - Book and CD
This challenging book/CD set highlights musical ways to understand complex jazz concepts. Revealing his unique approach to improvisation, Larry teaches you inventive techniques for playing intervals, arpeggios, scales, melody, chords and more. He offers decades of insights that help you play sizzling solos plus powerful ensemble work, rendering tasteful music that balances the jazz art form with your own creative voice. It builds logically from basic musical ideas to advanced jazz techniques and provides dozens of musical examples and exercises, plus transcriptions of Larry Coryell solos. The accompanying CD lets you "play along with Larry".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - 24.95
  Larry Coryell Plays "Right On Y'All"

Larry Coryell / Paco De Lucia / John McLaughlin - Meeting Of The Spirits - DVD
Live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, February 14, 1979. World renowned guitarists John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell and Paco De Lucia perform a memorable live concert in front of a standing-room-only audience at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. All three guitarist are recognized as the finest exponents of their individual styles and the quality of music they created as an ensemble on this occasion has never been surpassed! Pieces include: Entres Dos Aguas, Lotus Feet, Morning of the Carnival, A Meeting of the Spirits, Guardian Angels".
(55 min)....................................................................................Price - $19.95
  Larry Coryell Plays "Giant Steps"

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    Larry Coryell was born in Galveston, Texas on April 2, 1943. He is the child of two excellent pianists and started studying the piano at the age of 4. When he was 12 years old he began to play the ukulele and then the guitar. In 1950 his entire family moved from Texas to Richmond, Washington and there at the age of 15 he became a member of a rock and roll band.

    Coryell had originally been attracted to the guitar albums of Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry. He started taking lessons from a teacher who introduced him to the recordings of jazz guitarists Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, and Tal Farlow. While Larry was studying journalism at the University Of Washington in Seattle, he decided that he wanted to establish a career as a full-time jazz guitarist. Initially he gigged around Seattle but then in 1965 transferred to New York City.

    Larry Coryell's very first major gig in New York was in 1966 with drummer Chico Hamilton's Quintet. In 1967 he joined a group led by vibraphonist Gary Burton. Through his live performances and recordings with this group Larry's capability quickly received world wide recognition. In 1968 he left Burton and decided to put together his own band. This he did in 1969 calling the group "Foreplay".

    In 1970 Coryell recorded the now popular "Spaces" album with John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous, and Billy Cobham. In 1973 he formed his highly successful jazz rock group "Eleventh House". This featured Mike Mandel, Randy Brecker, and Alphonse Mouzon. In 1975, after this group separated, Larry decided to focus on playing solo acoustic guitar. He toured Europe that year playing solo guitar concerts. In 1976 he formed a guitar duo with Philip Catherin. They performed and recorded together until 1977.

    In 1978 Larry Coryell toured worldwide with guitar players John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia. In 1979 he recorded with bassist Charlie Mingus and likewise with guitarist John Scofield. By the mid 1980s he was playing amplified electric guitar again with a trio comprised of drummer Alphonse Mouzon and bass guitar player Bunny Brunel. Around this time he transcribed for guitar and recorded some Igor Stravinsky ballets for the Japanese record label Nipon Phonogram. This recording ended up being a huge seller in Japan!

    Larry Coryell's current recordings show that he is among the most vital and most creative jazz fusion guitar players of the past thirty years. Looking forward since his fusion days, his career has actually alternated back and forth between numerous different directions. He has continued his acoustic work on solo sets, with symphonic music performances, and in additional encounters with his fellow guitar players. He has periodically returned to jazz fusion, frequently in all-star settings, and has often played jazz and pop standards in traditional hard bop settings. His children Julian and Murali Coryell are turning into outstanding up and coming guitarists themselves! Larry died of heart failure on February 19, 2017.

Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library.  Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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