Pat Martino’s The Nature of the Guitar: An Intersection of Jazz Theory and Neo-Riemannian Theory

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Guy Capuzzo, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper studies a set of instructional materials by the renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Pat Martino, winner of Downbeat Magazine's 2004 reader's poll for jazz guitarist of the year. The materials, titled The Nature of the Guitar, represent an ongoing project of Martino's begun in 1972. The Nature of Guitar is remarkable in its degree of overlap with Neo-Riemannian ideas. After discussing excerpts from The Nature of Guitar that engage parsimonious voice-leading, I compare Martino's analysis of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" to that of Matthew Santa.

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Music Theory Online 12.1
Language: English
Date: 2006
Pat Martino, Jazz Theory, Neo-Riemannian Theory, Guitar, Parsimonious Voice-Leading, John Coltrane, Giant Steps

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