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    We are proud to offer Steven Crowell's college level 4 part course for jazz guitar chord melody soloing, single note improvisation, comping, and speed learning. Finally, a systematic approach to complete and total mastery of the jazz guitar as a solo instrument! Here is a truly unique series of courses with CDs that you can do at your own pace - in your own home! 

    Steven Crowell began teaching and playing guitar professionally in 1964 and received his degree as Professor Of Music in 1972. He has performed with some of the top people in show business, including George Burn's and Bob Newhart's Las Vegas shows. Steve's numerous books and lesson courses have been used by colleges and thousands of serious guitarists throughout the world!

*The SDM Lesson Program - Part 1* features 12 separate removable sections plus 1 audio CD!
*The SDM Lesson Program - Part 2* features 12 separate removable sections plus 1 audio CD!
*The Master Class Guitar Seminar*   features 12 separate removable sections plus 6 audio CDs!
*The Action Workshop Symposium* features 6 separate removable sections plus 3 audio CDs!

 Steven Crowell Plays "Penthouse Serenade"

"Many guitar methods might make similar claims, but if I could take only one jazz guitar method to a desert island it would be this one by Steven Crowell. It is by far the most logical, elegant, thorough, and useful of any that I've encountered."

David Alzofon - Former Editor "Guitar Player Magazine"

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The SDM Lesson Program - Part 1
Twelve sections plus 1 CD............................Price - $49.95
Section 1 - Includes instructions for good practice habits as well as Steve Crowell's book "Major and Minor Scales In Chords". Instructions are given for playing in all 24 major and minor keys.

Section 2 - Includes an in-depth chord melody solo arrangement of the famous standard "Tenderly" harmonized with numerous superb chord voicings! Also includes an arpeggio warm-up study.

Section 3 - Includes a 32 bar single note solo based on "I've Got Rhythm". Shows diagrams of related chords and substitutions and how to connect solo lines to generate melodic flow.

Section 4 - Includes an absorbing chord melody solo study of the standard "Isn't It Romantic". Diagrams show how to use contrary motion, substitutions, re-harmonizations and moving bass lines!

Section 5 - Includes more improvisational techniques in single note soloing over the 32 bar progression based on "I've Got Rhythm". More of Andres Segovia's exercises for developing flawless technique.

Section 6 - Includes a review of the scale-chord functions and a study of the flat-five chord types with unique exercises for incorporating and applying them to your own playing!

Section 7 - Includes a discussion of chord progression theory and possibilities for performing in group situation. Also, "Country Style" rhythm changes and more flat-five chord inversions.

Section 8 - Includes interchanging major and relative minor and harmonizing melody lines with flat-five chords. More single note soloing over the 32 bar progression "I've Got Rhythm".

Section 9 - Includes how to combine all the chord technology from previous lessons to construct a beautiful chord melody solo of the standard "The Days Of Wine And Roses"!

Section 10 - Includes rhythm patterns and stretch chords for left hand development. Another outstanding chord melody solo of "The Days Of Wine And Roses" is presented and explained.

Section 11 - Includes how to superimpose advanced chord substitutions over a 12 bar blues progression. Walking bass lines, chords voiced in tenths, and rhythmic concepts are also taught!

Section 12 - Includes beautiful chord melody solo arrangements of "My Foolish Heart" and "Darn That Dream"! Also, more advanced chord progressions are taught and analyzed.
Notation, tab and chord diagrams

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The SDM Lesson Program - Part 2
Twelve sections plus 1 CD............................Price - $49.95
Section 13 - Includes inversions of dominant, altered dominant, and diminished chords.  Explores the paradox of dominant and non-dominant diminished chords in great detail.

Section 14 - Includes special exercises for synchronizing the right and left hands. The various chord inversions taught so far are applied to a blues chord melody solo arrangement.

Section 15 - Includes a unique chord melody solo of "Body And Soul" utilizing many different chord examples! Choice chord voicings for accompanying "Body And Soul" are also taught.

Section 16 - Includes how to use great sounding replacement chords over the basic ones utilizing dominant substitutions. Other topics include improvising intros to jazz standards.

Section 17 - Includes a masterful chord melody solo rendition of "September Song".  Many different chord melody solo techniques are explored and demonstrated in this arrangement!

Section 18 - Includes new and innovative ways of applying whole tone scales to your single note improvised soloing. Augmented chords are also explained, demonstrated, and applied to progressions.

Section 19 - Includes a consummate chord melody solo of "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" with some incredibly cool intros and endings! The finer points of arranging for solo guitar are discussed.

Section 20 - Includes a block chord study based on the style of the great Wes Montgomery! More harmonizations for the bridge section of "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" are taught.

Section 21 - Includes a discussion of how to improvise with chords. Multiple chord inversions and substitutions are given for creating a 24 bar jazz waltz ala jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery!

Section 22 - Includes using arpeggio studies of the four chord types to refine your playing technique. Steve shows you clever ways of eliminating unnecessary motion in the right hand when picking!

Section 23 - Includes a scale study in shifting tonal centers and mode applications! The arpeggio studies from lesson 22 are applied to chord progressions for further technique refinement.

Section 24 - Includes a big band style blues chord melody solo using rootless chord inversions! Examples of melodic soloing show how to approach an arpeggio from any string or position.
Notation, tab and chord diagrams.

Click "Play" to hear "As Time Goes By" from The Master Class Guitar Seminar
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Click "Play" to hear "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from The Master Class Seminar
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The Master Class Guitar Seminar
Twelve sections plus 6 CDs.........................Price - $99.95
Section 1 - Includes a chord melody solo of "The Lady Is A Tramp" featuring numerous chord substitution devices! Also split-octave principles of chord substitution and augmented arpeggios.

Section 2 - Includes a magnificent chord melody solo arrangement of "As Time Goes By"! More in-depth arpeggio applications are thoroughly explained, taught and demonstrated.

Section 3 - Includes an ultra hip chord melody solo of "Here's That Rainy Day" using contrasting harmonic devices! Principles of diminished substitutions with transposition chart and arpeggio studies.

Section 4 - Includes a chord melody solo of "I Can't Get Started With You" featuring substitutions and 2 part polyphonic playing! Also, a single note solo arpeggio study on the standard "Satin Doll".

Section 5 - Includes blues in several keys used as a vehicle for improvisation. A solo is featured for analysis. Also, dominant cycle solo studies and how to write out and notate your own music!

Section 6 - Includes a masterful chord melody solo rendition of "Indian Summer" utilizing augmented harmonies and other chordal devices! Elements of improvisation are also discussed and taught.

Section 7 - Includes a single note solo section and tag ending to the chord melody solo of "Indian Summer". Exploring relative keys shows new ways of finding chord substitutions and extensions!

Section 8 - Includes a challenging chord melody solo of "Penthouse Serenade" providing a valuable study of chords borrowed from other keys! Also, how to put a band together and advertise effectively.

Section 9 - Includes a stunning chord melody solo arrangement of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"! Other topics discussed are how to write a contract and how to negotiate with clients.

Section 10 - Includes a lovely chord melody solo of "Our Love Is Here To Stay" featuring many unique compositional devices such as contrary motion, oblique motion, and parallel motion! Also, cultivating a positive mental attitude.

Section 11 - Includes a very cool chord melody solo of "Shiny Stockings" arranged in big band style plus a rhythm comping study of "Our Love Is Here To Stay" using Freddy Green style moving chords!

Section 12 - Includes a rhythm comping study of "Shiny Stockings" as well as new elements of music featuring devices and alternative chordal harmonies for coming up with unique sounds!
Notation, tab and chord diagrams.

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The Action Workshop Guitar Symposium
Six sections plus 3 CDs..............................Price - $79.95
Section 1 - Includes a chord melody solo, single note solo, and rhythm comping chords to "The Birth Of The Blues" showing how to structure an arrangement using diatonic and chromatic chords!

Section 2 - Includes an in-depth study of Jimmy Rivers' guitar style featuring his harmonized arrangement of "Little Rock Getaway". A spectacular display piece that will definitely help build your chops!

Section 3 - Includes a beautiful chord melody solo of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and 5 choice standards in stereo separation that let you play along simulating a live "jam".

Section 4 - Includes a lovely chord melody solo arrangement of "Deep Purple" plus chord solos, rhythm charts and play along tracks to "Caravan" in the style of the great Wes Montgomery!

Section 5 - Includes a challenging chord melody solo of "Sweet Lorraine". Also a big band rhythm chord study featuring the Freddy Green style on Count Basie's arrangement of "Easy Street".

Section 6 - Includes an advanced chord melody solo arrangement of "I've Got Rhythm" plus an in-depth single note improvised solo using whole tone scales to make your soloing sound more exciting!
Notation, tab and chord diagrams.

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The Master Series: Chord Melody Solo Arrangements
Includes 6 master level chord melody solos in standard notation with
block chord diagrams on deluxe parchment paper. Includes audio CD.
These are exceptional arrangements!..................................Price - $29.95
1.  "Nuages" - Django Reinhardt's classic composition played with full, lush jazz chords!

2.  "All The Things You Are" - Many unique chord substitutions and re-harmonizations!

3.  "Stella By Starlight" - In depth study featuring advanced use of diminished 7th chords!

4.  "A String Of Pearls" - A complete big band adaptation fully arranged for solo guitar!

5.  "Comin' Around The Mountain" - Majestic jazz chords applied to a classic folk song!

6.  "Always" - A beautiful & unique chord melody solo version of the Irving Berlin classic!

Steven Crowell - Mastering The Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Solo - Book, DVD & CD
This is the ultimate chord melody solo book - loaded with the lush, beautiful chords that will make you a superior chord melody guitarist! All chords are shown in diagram form for easy speed learning as well as standard notation and tab. Using contrary motion, oblique motion, multi-textured chord substitutions and re-harmonization techniques, Steven has created some of the most stunning solo guitar arrangements you'll ever hear! Songs include: "Polka Dots and Moonbeams, In a Sentimental Mood, The Days of Wine and Roses, Strollin', Danny Boy, 'Round Midnight, But Beautiful, Come Rain or Come Shine, My Foolish Heart, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The DVD takes you in detail through all 10 chord melody solos with the harmony and theory explained!! The CD contains all of the solos played exactly as written in the book!
Notation, tab and chord diagrams..........................................Price - $39.95
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Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 1 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "Bluesette, Here's That Rainy Day, Cute, Girl Talk, Misty, Satin Doll, Moonlight In Vermont, Moonlight Serenade, Have You Met Miss Jones".
Standard notation with chord diagrams.................................Price - $19.95

Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 2 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "On Green Dolphin Street, The Girl From Ipanema, How High The Moon, One Note Samba, Look For The Silver Lining, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Wave, Witchcraft".
Standard notation with chord diagrams.................................Price - $19.95

Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 3 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "Autumn Leaves, Meditation, Once In A While, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder), Sophisticated Lady, A Prelude To A Kiss, Lil' Darlin', How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees), We're All Alone (Anne Murray)".
Standard notation with chord diagrams.................................Price - $19.95

Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 4 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "Sweet And Lovely, The Way You Look Tonight, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Dancing On The Ceiling, Too Marvelous For Words, Ain't Misbehavin', Delta Blues, Ferris Wheel Rag, Fly Me To The Moon". 
Standard notation with chord diagrams.................................Price - $19.95
Set Of All 4 Books/CDs (Jazz Standards Vol 1 - 4) On Sale Now! - $64.95

"These 8 volumes of "The Jazz Science Series" constitute a Rosetta Stone for jazz guitar. They make the fretboard completely comprehensible in a new way and lead the conscientious student from fear and bumbling into confidence and creativity.

There is nothing like this anywhere else in the guitar world! If you're lucky enough to start your guitar career with "The 84 Jazz Guitar Equations" you will not have to struggle with the confounding weirdness and lack of symmetry in other systems."

David Alzofon - Former Editor "Guitar Player Magazine"

Steven Crowell - The 84 Jazz Guitar Equations - Book, CD & DVD
*A New Way Of Thinking* This unique book - the 1st of "The Jazz Science Series" - shows the correlation of arpeggios and scales on the fingerboard and how they work together as a harmonic family unit. The "84 Equations" system was developed by Warren Nunes and Steven Crowell and gives complete linear coverage of the guitar neck crucial for superior jazz soloing! If you've ever wondered what to play over a III-VI-II-V chord progression, for instance, you can "equate it" with this marvelous, comprehensive book. With "The 84 Jazz Guitar Equation's" inclusive fingering system, you'll never wonder again about what fingering to use. For concentrated practice, it's one of the best chop-building methods ever devised. Music notation, tab and chord diagrams are used to show every diatonic scale pattern in all keys. Three studies - beginning, intermediate, and advanced  - are given for each of the 84 equations and a "Play Along" CD is included with this 90 page book!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95
 Interview With Steven Crowell & Book Overview

Steven Crowell - Formulas For Jazz Guitar Improvisation - Book, CD & DVD
This outstanding 156 page book - the 2nd of "The Jazz Science Series" - is probably the most complete jazz guitar improvisation method ever written! Steve's most comprehensive book to date is full of new lessons, tools, techniques and harmonic devices that expand and exploit the concepts unveiled in "The 84 Jazz Guitar Equations". No system available today presents such a logical and easy to apply approach to jazz guitar improvisation. Finally, here is an intermediate to advanced level jazz guitar improvisation course that will truly present you with an easy to learn "system" for becoming a creative, professional sounding soloist! The "Play-Along" CD includes professionally recorded solos and backing tracks to: "The Girl From Ipanema, Green Dolphin Street, There Will Never Be Another You, It's Wonderful, How Insensitive, All The Things You Are, Giant Steps".
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95
 Improvised Solo & Book Overview By Steven Crowell

Steven Crowell - Jazz Guitar Power Soloing - Book, CD & DVD
This is the 3rd book in "The Jazz Science Series" and is truly an advanced system for building powerful technique! It is all about building chops and instilling far-reaching musical concepts. While most players learn from a "lick-based" disconnected approach, this book gives a cohesive understanding of the jazz language and its unique application to the guitar. It contains all new material that brings together and expands on the elements shown in "The 84 Jazz Guitar Equations" and "Formulas For Jazz Guitar Improvisation". This book is especially valuable for those without a lot of practice time. Just 20 minutes a day spent on the 28 high-endurance performance exercises will keep your chops razor sharp and incredibly accurate! These exercises can easily be implemented into your playing as classy sounding intros, endings, and turnarounds. Steven also teaches his entire fingering system for the "jazz minor scale" as well as a complete overview of chromatics and how to apply them to your soloing! The "Play-Along" CD includes professionally recorded solos and backing tracks to: "How High The Moon, A Foggy Day, Autumn Leaves, Stella By Starlight, Sweet Georgia Brown, I've Got Rhythm, Summertime, Rhythm Changes, Solar, Blues In D, Blues In Bb".
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95
 Steven Crowell Improvises To "How High The Moon"

Steven Crowell - The Jazz Guitarist's Soloing Source Book - Book, CD & DVD
This 4th book in "The Jazz Science Series" contains 9 newly developed single line improvised jazz guitar solos designed to supercharge your soloing! This companion to the "Mastering The Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Solo" book gives added depth to the chord melody solos. "The 84 Jazz Guitar Equations" makes it easy to play over difficult changes. These "chop builders" develop the intuitive nature needed to be able to fill in and improvise single note solos over difficult chord progressions. Songs include: "Polka Dots and Moonbeams, In a Sentimental Mood, The Days of Wine and Roses, Strollin', 'Round Midnight, One Note Samba, In a Mellow Tone, But Beautiful, Sweet Georgia Brown". The DVD takes you through each guitar solo in detail with theory and harmony explained. The CD contains all of the solos played as written plus play-along rhythm practice tracks!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95
 Steven Crowell Improvises To "How Insensitive"

Steven Crowell - Designated Speed Lines For Jazz Guitar - Book, CD & DVD
This 5th book in "The Jazz Science Series" focuses on double-time target phrases that you "hone till you own," perfecting them as you take your chops to a new level of proficiency! More than just licks, this exciting book contains articulation studies that can be applied to countless soloing situations. Moreover, they are designed to fix any "meter problems," helping to develop a strong, accurate sense of time. Part 1 begins with 23 powerful exercises. Dominant sequences are shown in one and two bar phrases throughout all 12 keys. You'll learn how changing just one note alters the tonal axis and changes chord functions which are important insights for a jazz guitarist. Then follows a series of “two-five-one” speed studies utilizing all 7 scale patterns in three variations of each. Part 2 applies the double-time figures to the Blues format in four different keys. If you've ever felt limited in your knowledge of what to play in jazz blues, this chapter is full of fresh ideas and far-reaching possibilities. Part 3 develops the material further, where pentatonic, whole-tones, harmonic minor, and jazz minor as well as various substitutions are brought into play. Chord progressions based on famous standards are used to demonstrate the speed lines techniques. These include: “Bluesette, Cherokee, Joy Spring, I Love You, and Autumn Leaves.” The DVD contains 18 chapters with Steve taking you through the entire book, playing all of the examples and explaining all of the theory. The CD contains all of the solos played as written plus play-along rhythm practice tracks. The book concludes with a concentrated study encompassing the ENTIRE fretboard!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95
 Steven Crowell Improvises To "Joy Spring"

Steven Crowell - Candy Bars For Jazz Guitar - Book, CD & DVD
The Art And Application Of Melodic Jazz Components. This 6th book in "The Jazz Science Series" is all about "utility". It uses small amounts or “modules” that once learned actuate the big picture of playing creatively and securely. As the book progresses, the puzzle takes shape and soon you are playing cohesive, full-blown solos that sound so cool they’ll knock the socks off any discerning listener! But don't let the playful title fool you - there is nothing like this book anywhere in the jazz guitar world! Intermediate and advanced players will be thrilled with its unique, far reaching content and easy to understand presentation. If you have any gaps in your melodic soloing, Candy Bars For Jazz Guitars will be a revelation! Songs include: "The Shadow Of Your Smile, Satin Doll, and Take The "A" Train". The CD contains all of the solos played as written plus play-along rhythm practice tracks!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95

Steven Crowell - The Jazz Guitar ExpressWay: Vol 1 - Book, CD & DVD
Solutions For Creative Soloing. This is the 7th book in "The Jazz Science Series" and as its' name suggests "The Jazz Guitar ExpressWay” merges power of expression with high-performance technique to get you to your destination fast! As most readers know, the 84 Equations system is based on seven interlocking scale patterns that cover the entire fretboard in all 12 keys. Learning to use them effectively is therefore the key to greater improvisational freedom. In a series of eleven in-depth lessons, this book focuses on just Pattern 4 in the key of C in order to reveal the full wealth of solo opportunities hidden within. But what about the rest? Behind all seven scale patterns is a master fingering pattern that is the same for all. Learn the master plan and you will never lose your way as you change patterns while improvising! A chapter on the “Master-Plan Fingering Chart” gives a helicopter view of the pattern. Then Steve continues to explore it in great detail on the DVD, revealing new insights that appear here for the very first time! The CD contains all of the solos played as written plus play-along rhythm practice tracks!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95

Steven Crowell - The Jazz Guitar ExpressWay: Vol 2 - Book, CD & DVD
A Roadmap To Improvisational Freedom. Here in the 8th and last book of "The Jazz Science Series" you’ll find the final mysteries revealed as we take the seven scale patterns from a technical concept to a virtually unlimited “toy box” of creative components! If the first 7 books are the building blocks of the system, "The Jazz Guitar ExpressWay: Vol 2" is the “mortar” that holds everything together. We begin with seven lessons that show how to extend Pattern 4 into Pattern 5. The lessons build on one another, leading to seamless knowledge of all seven scale patterns. Part of this comes through the “Fretboard Freedom Maps,” a unique series of concentrated studies for gaining prodigious chops and hard-wiring the dynamic concepts of dominant-tonic, tension-release into your improvised lines. The “Solos” section brings everything to an exciting conclusion by applying ExpressWay concepts to popular jazz standards like: "Cherokee, There Will Never Be Another You, and Sweet Georgia Brown". The CD contains all of the solos played as written plus play-along rhythm practice tracks!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $39.95

Set Of All 8 Books/DVDs/CDs (Jazz Science Series) On Sale Now! - $255.95

Steven Crowell - Jazz Guitar Soloing: In Concept & Practice - Book and CD
A Guidebook For Fingerboard Mastery. Shows the visual process of playing great sounding licks and solo lines utilizing 25 powerful studies that unlock the mysteries of improvising over jazz chord changes. A wealth of creative soloing ideas!
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $19.95

Steven Crowell - Advanced Concepts For Rhythm Guitar - Book and CD
A Comprehensive Guide To Modern Rhythm Chord laying. Advanced chord concepts are easily grasped with this 52 page book. Chord diagrams map out virtually every practical progression while at the same time explaining how chords work! This book clearly organizes the important chord sounds: major, minor, dominant, diminished and half-diminished while showing how to assemble chords to play cool sounding accompaniment progressions!
Standard notation with chord diagrams..............................Price - $19.95

Steven Crowell - Guitar & Bass Duets - Book and CD
Offers intermediate to advanced players of both instruments material that will assist them in practice and performance situations. Everything from Bach fugues and 20th century improvisational music to full length Jazz arrangements can be found in this unique book.
Standard notation with chord diagrams..............................Price - $19.95

Steven Crowell - Major & Minor Scales In Chords - Book
This book presents concentrated chord studies that will aide in developing hand strength and a sense of chord logic and harmonic unity. 7th chords are used to harmonize the 24 major and minor scales.
Standard notation with chord diagrams..............................Price - $9.95

Steven Crowell - Essential Arpeggios For The Guitar - Book
This book shows the fingering relationships that soon enable control over the 4 basic chord types and their application to soloing. No more confusion over too many fingerings. If you're having trouble using augmented and diminished runs in your playing, then this book is your answer. Tips for practice and improvisation are also given.
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $9.95

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Steven Crowell - Living Legend Of The Jazz Guitar
Compiled & Edited By Steven Herron

   Jazz guitarist Steven Crowell began accordion lessons at the age of 9. Even at that youthful of an age Steven was "hearing" songs and jazz chords in his head. He explains that if his accordion teacher had actually shown him the rich chords he was "hearing in his head" - rather than polkas and waltzes - he would probably be a jazz accordion player today! At the age of 15 Steven started to get into the jazz guitar and within 2 months was playing in neighborhood bands!

   It was after hearing and talking to famous jazz guitar players Eddie Duran and Barney Kessel that Steven's interest in jazz guitar improvisation and chord melody jazz guitar soloing was awoken. He started playing the jazz guitar and upright bass in the senior high school jazz stage band while tutoring with a variety of area educators. Just out of senior high school, Steven Crowell put together a band along with Sylvester Stewart (Sly of "Sly & The Family Stone") which released a number of record albums and played live at Lake Tahoe for the entire summer season.

   At the age of 19 Steven Crowell began studying with the late jazz guitar virtuoso Warren Nunes and later shared a home with Warren for 2 years where they taught private students. In 1964 Steven went to Diablo Valley College while at the same time offering private lessons in jazz guitar playing full-time and raising a family. He studied classical harmony as well as  20th Century harmony and theory with Dr. Coleen Bicknell and the now deceased Gordon Keddington while acquiring his California state teaching credentials. He also published his first collection book of jazz guitar chord melody solos.

    In 1969 Steven Crowell left his teaching position to go on the road along with a stage jazz band and for the following 10 years improved his abilities as a jazz guitar player by playing live 5 and 6 nights a week. In 1979 Steven published the first section of his college level jazz guitar course that was based primarily upon his unique harmonic concepts and academic experiences. His program was met with lots of praise and enthusiasm and a little later the program was broadened into a 4 year college level jazz guitar course!

   More recently Steven Crowell founded The Jazz Science Guitar Institute and has released a series of impressive jazz guitar technique publications based upon his revelation of "The 84 Jazz Guitar Equations" - a methodology that teaches soloing over the entire fretboard by blending scales and arpeggios into one thought. For many years Steven has played in upscale restaurants, clubs, and jazz festivals. He has also collaborated with many of the leading performers in the entertainment business including George Burns, Bob Newhart, The Coasters, The Diamonds, Big Tiny Little, and in Hollywood films with actor Tommy Lee Jones ("Cobb") and actress Whoopie Goldberg ("Sister Act").

    Steven not too long ago played jazz guitar with The Ted Herman Orchestra in the soon to be released Hollywood movie "The Encore of Tony Duran" and was recently hired to give a solo guitar performance for a private party at the estate of actress Suzanne Somers (Three's Company) that included Barry Manilow as one of the many guests! He currently has his residence in southern California along with his spouse Beverly and continues to perform at area music jazz festivals and elegant restaurants.

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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