#Guitar Lesson: Intros and Endings

Jody Fisher

Jody Fisher is the co-chair of LA Music Academy’s guitar department. Jody has written for most of the major guitar magazines, including Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar and Finger Style Guitar. As an educator, Jody has held the positions of Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar at the University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA, the University of La Verne, in La Verne, CA, and the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), in Idyllwild, CA. He has performed with Alphonso Johnson, Betty White, Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Bobby Troupe, Brandon Fields, The Coasters, Dennis Miller, Don Rickles, The Drifters, Harry Connick Jr., Jan and Dean, Joe Diorio, John Abercrombie, John Williams, Mike Stern, Rosemary Clooney, The Shirelles, The Spinners, and many others. Check out www.jodyfisher.com for more information.

From Jody: The following progressions work well for intros and endings. In this series we will use various harmonic devices to come up with interesting sounds. The first progressions follow a diatonic (scale-wise) pattern, then go into a series of chords that move in 4ths.

This is followed by a half-step dominant approach chord into a “V7” chord, and finally re- solving to the “I” chord.

Memorize each progression, making sure you understand how the progression works. Transpose your favorites to all 12 keys and start using them in the tunes you know.

-Jody, LAMA


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One response to “#Guitar Lesson: Intros and Endings”

  1. Scotty Conant says :

    Thanks so much, Jody. Your emails are inspiring and fruitful. I look forward to them always. Best,
    Scotty Conant
    Lama alum

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