Alone Together Study Guide

Bring a Jim Hall and Ed Bickert vibe to your jazz vocabulary with these essential odd-form workouts.

  • Jim Hall Soloing
  • Ed Bickert Comping
  • Essential Vocabulary
  • Jam the Full Form

Jerry Battista, MWG Member

Big band guitarist making huge strides with comping, soloing, and jam session confidence.

Before MWG

  • 55 years playing guitar, 15 years in a jazz big band.
  • Needed to improve my improvisational skills.
  • Struggled to comp melodically without a pianist to help.
  • Over-analyzing and overthinking when soloing. (Performance anxiety)

After MWG

  • Relaxed and spontaneous comping with better voice leading.
  • Soloing is much more fluid.
  • Uninhibited by fear of “breaking rules or “making embarrassing mistakes.”
  • Confidence at jam sessions is greatly improved.

“MWG offers a rich on-line learning resource and organized curriculum for jazz guitarists at all levels and all ages. Matt’s courses, camps, workshops, office hours, and daily exercises are extremely helpful. His depth of knowledge on jazz harmony and the guitarist’s unique role is exceptional. He teaches material in a relaxed, friendly, and humble manner. He openly exchanges “tricks of the trade” and promptly responds to student questions, sometimes within minutes!” - Jerry Battista - Canada