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Blending Major/Minor Pentatonics

In this masterclass, Jamie initiates the session by ensuring that the technical setup is correct and his guitar and voice are audible to the participants. He expresses his hope that everyone is enjoying their long weekend and mentions that he has been reviewing student videos, providing feedback wherever possible. Jamie appreciates a compliment from a student about the clarity of his previous lesson on combining major and minor pentatonic scales. He decides to dedicate the entire class to this topic to help students understand and apply these concepts in their playing, emphasizing the importance of revisiting these lessons for a clearer understanding.

Throughout the masterclass, Jamie delves into the technical aspects of guitar playing, focusing on the use of major and minor pentatonic scales. He offers a succinct review of the G minor pentatonic scale positions and explains how these can be utilized across different sections of the fretboard. Jamie touches upon the concept of "playing the changes" during live performances, highlighting the lyrical potential of blending various tonalities and scales to enrich solo performances. He provides practical examples, demonstrating how to transition between G minor and G major pentatonic scales to create more expressive and dynamic solos.

Jamie further explains the methodology behind combining major and minor pentatonic scales, emphasizing the subtle differences and similarities between them. He illustrates how overlaying these scales can enhance melodic playing by introducing a few key notes that differ between the major and minor pentatonic scales. By the end of the masterclass, Jamie aims to equip students with the knowledge to experiment with these scales in their playing, encouraging them to explore the emotional and tonal variety that comes from mastering the art of combining major and minor pentatonic scales.

As the Axe man for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band for years, and working with all the heavy hitters including Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Marc Broussard, and so many more… Jamie is the PERFECT window into what it takes to thrive with the very, very best.

(IMHO, The level of musicianship in NOLA is probably the best in the country - if not the whole world.  THE RHYTHM. THE SWAGGER. THE VIBE!!)

Jamie is a spectacularly tasteful guitarist - but that’s not the whole story:  He’s an equally Incredible singer and songwriter.  As you know, I’m obsessed with understanding WHY things get stuck in your head, WHY hits are hits, and HOW rhythm, harmony, and wait for it - MELODY - work together to craft something moving and unforgettable.  Jamie is uniquely able to take us on a journey beyond the fretboard, and go deep into the craft of making great music & being an even better storyteller.

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