Started: Age 12 in 1985
Books Publications: (National Guitar Workshop Publications/Alfred) Jazz Guitar for the Absolute beginner
Recordings: Amanda Monaco 4 Amanda Monaco 4 (2003) Amanda Monaco 4, Intention (2007) The Lascivious Biddies, Biddi-luxe! (2002) The Lascivious Biddies, I Feel Biddy (2003) The Lascivious Biddies, Get Lucky (2004) Noah Baerman, Soul Force (2005) The Music of Pesach at BJ (2003) Halailah Hazeh: The High Holy Days at BJ (2004
Lesson Text: Learn to Play Guitar With Amanda Monaco Amanda's Jazz Guitar Lessons are for beginners and intermediate players and cover a broad range of subjects. In her lessons about rhythms and styles, Amanda tells you about some of the history behind them, which will motivate you to learn more about a particular style or rhythm. At the beginner level, Amanda discusses the major scale in various positions on the fretboard, intervals and triads, barre chords, triad arpeggios, and four-to-the-bar comping. You learn to play a basic Blues progression, the Charleston Rhythm, and the Blues scale. Among other topics, you learn the construction of major and minor 7th chords, and diminished and half-diminished chords. The lessons about rhythms and styles introduce you to Clave, Samba and Bossa Nova comping patterns. The lessons at the intermediate level are all about modes: Learn the Ionian, Dorian, and Mixolydian modes along with the theory and fingerings, and apply the newly acquired skills to modal improvisation.