basics: triad and 7th chord voicings and inversions on all string combinations, triad and 7th chord arpeggios in all positions, pentatonic, major, melodic/harmonic minor, diminished, augmented and whole step scales and modes in all positions, swing eighths note phrasing, right hand technique isometric exercises, left hand alternate picking exercises, jazz standard repertoire, transcription of influential (mostly) bebop solos, ear training, sight reading
advanced topics: compositional concepts, harmonic concepts: Messian modes, symmetrical/hybrid 8/9/10-tone scales, Lydian Chromatic Concept, advanced technical studies: wide intervals, economy picking, soloing over odd/mixed meters
While all of the above mentioned topics are important, guitarists sometimes tend to focus on the technical aspect of their instruments to an extent that makes them forget that jazz is primarily a language, a means of communicating ideas, in the moment. As a guitarist I am very much aware of this and address it in all my lessons. Learning the language is not a means in itself, it serves the purpose of expressing the inner spirit of our personalities.
Guitarist and composer Sebastian Noelle has been an active member of New York City’s multi-faceted creative music scene since 2002, performing at venues such as 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, The Blue Note, Jazz Gallery, Iridium, Merkin Hall, Tea Lounge, The Knitting Factory and the Jazz Standard. He has released two CDs on the European FreshSound-NewTalent label: “Across The River” (2006), featuring Donny McCaslin, Ben Street and Ari Hoenig, and “Koan” (2011), with Loren Stillman, George Colligan, Thomson Kneeland and Tony Moreno. He is exploring new ways in improvisation using microtones, ragas and rhythms from the Balkans and the Middle East.
Noelle has played at numerous big jazz festivals such as Newport, North Sea, Montreux and Moers, and has toured in the US, Canada, Holland, Germany, Brazil, Japan and Slovakia.
He is a member of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (2010 Grammy Nomination, Downbeat rising star poll winner in the big band category), the Aaron Irwin Quintet (featuring Rich Perry), Ben Stapp’s Zosimos, Jeff Fairbanks’ Project Hansori, the world music/minimalism ensemble Anicha, Joe Phillip’s Numinous, the New York Soundpainting Orchestra, ZAHA, the BMI Composer’s Workshop Orchestra, conducted by Jim McNeely, the rock band Rabbits Against Magic and various other NY based groups.