Mick Goodrick – GMC Major II-V-I

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On November 16, 2022, Mick Goodrick, one of the most influential guitar mentors in the history of jazz, sadly passed away! You may be familiar with some of Mick’s cutting edge jazz guitar books, such as “The Advancing Guitarist”. But needless to say, you may not be acquainted with his music because he didn’t leave behind much of a discography as a leader. Nonetheless, even if you’ve never heard Mick Goodrick before, if you’ve spent any time listening to his students you’ve probably been indirectly influenced by him.….. among them: Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, and Julian Lage, just to mention a few… As a special tribute, in this lesson I would like to share one of the groundbreaking harmonic concepts that Mick left behind for future jazz guitar generations to explore. It’s referred to as “GMC” and was introduced in his very last book titled, “Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar.” And if you’re looking to expand your application and understanding of modern chord voicings, you are in for a treat!  


The “Generic Modality Compression” Major II-V-I lesson files, can be downloaded for $9.00. The download includes: PDFs with both regular notation and TAB of all 10 II-V-I chord pairings, as well as MP3s and a Band in a Box file of the 10 pairings. If you don’t own Band in a Box, a Midi file is also included which can be opened and used to practice using the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score” . For those that don’t use PayPal…when you click the button below, it will give you the option to pay with any major credit card without the need to sign up for PayPal.  Note that you must be logged in for the payment and download links to be visible! [Content protected for Jazz Guitarists Series members only] [Content protected for Elite, Elite 3 Month, Elite 6 Month members only]

1 Comment

  1. Duncan Herring

    Oh, my yes! Of course, given the list of players that learned something from Mick, it is certainly no surprise that his ideas sound the simple and superb way that they do. Thank you for using your own understanding of the music to help us interpret and remember Mick.

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