The History of Jazz is something that most people in their mid to late 40’s should be familiar with, it was a musical revolution that set in motion all the modern music we see today, including Rock-and-Roll and Hip-Hop, and the important of it cannot be understated. If you take the entirely of 20th century music and deduce it down to a few basic elements, you will be left with, essentially, Blues and Jazz.
When people think of Jazz they may think of pianos, maybe trumpets, but they don’t often think of guitar. Because of the popularity of electric guitar in the last 20th century, most people associate guitar with rock and roll or heavy metal, but in fact the use of guitar in Jazz is a storied and important history that shouldn’t be lost on today’s young folk.
Why We Shouldn’t Lose Jazz Guitar
Jazz Guitar is too important to be lost on today’s young musicians, who are all to often approaching guitar in order to play rock-and-roll music, instead of focusing on other genres like Jazz and Blues. One of the best ways to avoid this is to focus on education.
Education for todays younger generation doesn’t mean trooping to a music teachers house on saturday mornings (and they probably wouldn’t be up for that anyway) so we need to focus more on reaching the kids where they spend all their time, i.e. the Internet. Sites like Shredkick have started offering online jazz guitar lessons, blue guitar lessons as well as other genres, and do so from video lessons that can be played on iPads or Laptops, over and over, until the lesson is mastered.
Guitar to Kids Early
In addition to getting to kids in the medium they prefer (i.e. online, on a mobile device, etc) we need to get to them early. Planting a seed of interest to the kids early on in life is key to developing a life-long interest, and this will lead to a healthy and robust life of the Jazz genre for generations to come. So get your kids utilizing online guitar training and other music training when they are first using their computer (instead of playing stupid apps and games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds).
Make the of these new devices and media an educational and productive experience, and we will see Jazz guitar not only survive, but flurish and thrive, in the coming decades.