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Kim, Young-Soo (2018) AN ANALYSIS OF THE SOLO GUITAR STYLE OF JOE PASS. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The research presented here examines defining characteristics of the solo jazz guitar style of Joe Pass, who left the four Virtuoso albums as an innovative legacy. Methods used to facilitate this research include a study of the book, Joe Pass Guitar Style, and to analyze transcriptions of his works on the Virtuoso #1 and Virtuoso #3. First, a study of Pass’s chord-voicings, the connecting notes between two chords, and parallel harmony is carried out. Second, the characteristics of his reharmonizations and modulations through analysis of “Stella by Starlight” and “Summertime” is examined. Third, his use of a variety of bass-lines is considered: walking lines as accompaniment, supplementing the low range, and providing counterpoint. Finally, those characteristics of his improvisation, such as the call-and-response cadenzas between iterations of the theme, are examined. Additionally, the research presented here also exposes Pass’s musical back-ground, as well as his place in history beside other pre-Virtuoso solo jazz guitar players. Pass showed that a myriad of techniques—counterpoint, chords, and solo lines— can be used to create a full sound with just a single guitar; unaccompanied guitar is a special disciplinary field and there are few jazz guitarists who have achieved what Pass has. Therefore, encouraging the study of his style is needed to advance this field.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kim, Young-Soojzcafe@hotmail.comYOK55
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHeller,
Committee MemberJohnson,
Committee MemberSuzuki,
Date: 13 June 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 December 2017
Approval Date: 13 June 2018
Submission Date: 6 December 2017
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 63
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solo format, unaccompanied jazz guitar, Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, George van Eps
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 19:44
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2023 05:15


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