Masaya Yamaguchi

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Masaya Yamaguchi (born July 18, 1970) is a guitarist and educator residing in Manhattan, New York City. Masaya grew up in Tokyo, Japan and decided to study in the U.S. at the age of 26. Masaya Yamaguchi became the first native Japanese to complete the master's program in Jazz Performance at the City College of New York (M.A. 1999) and the contributor to Down Beat magazine and Annual Review of Jazz Studies (which is peer reviewed and published by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).” [1][2][3]

According to his profile in Marquis Who's Who in America, Masaya Yamaguchi has been engaged in a wide range of activities, having been a musician and an educator who established his conceptualistic system to explore the imaginative formation of musical scales by The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales.[4]

His representative work “The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales” is reviewed by Dr. John Kuzmich (senior columnist of Jazz Education Journal, International Association for Jazz Education) as "It's worth mentioning that this book comprehensively covers all theoretical possibilities in constructing scales……Take this Thesaurus Scales seriously, you will not be disappointed in the options available for jazz improvisation." [5] “The Subsets of Limited Transposition” (which takes Olivier Messiaen's Modes of limited transposition and brings it up to now) and “Appendix: Scales for Jazz Improvisation” in “The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales” are very helpful to organize musician’s mind and ear. “The Subsets of Limited Transposition” was introduced in “The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales,” [6] “Symmetrical Scales for Jazz Improvisation” [7] and his academic article, “A Creative Approach to Multi-Tonic Changes: Beyond Coltrane's Harmonic Formula (Annual Review of Jazz Studies 12, 2002).”[8] The concept of “The Subsets of Limited Transposition” has been updated by the most recent “Lexicon of Geometric Patterns for Jazz Improvisation” as “Systematized The Subsets of Limited Transposition Families.” Chapter VI of “Lexicon of Geometric Patterns for Jazz Improvisation” is also given to “Messiaen’s Modes for Jazz Improvisation” [9]

Masaya Yamaguchi is also known as a scholar and researcher of the music of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Dr. David Damsey is a co-author of John Coltrane Plays “Coltrane Changes” [10] and a professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies at William Paterson University. Masaya Yamaguchi is one of the most important endorsers of Modartt’s Pianoteq and released an educational piano-roll recording entitled “Monk and Roll.” [11]

Selected Works[edit]

  • The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales (New York: Charles Colin Publications, 1999, Masaya Music, Revised 2006) ISBN 0967635306
  • Pentatonicism in Jazz: Creative Aspects and Practice (New York: Charles Colin Publications, 2002, Masaya Music, Revised 2006) ISBN 0967635314
  • Symmetrical Scales for Jazz Improvisation (New York: Charles Colin Publications, 2001, Masaya Music, Revised 2006) ISBN 0967635322
  • Lexicon of Geometric Patterns for Jazz Improvisation (Masaya Music, 2012) ISBN 0967635330
  • YAMAGUCHI Improvisation Method (Masaya Music, 2012) ISBN 0967635349
  • Chromaticism in Jazz: Applying Techniques and Concepts (Masaya Music, 2012) ISBN 0967635357
  • The Bird Book (The Charlie Parker Real Book) (Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2012) ISBN 1423495659[12]
  • John Coltrane Plays Coltrane Changes (Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003) ISBN 0634038648[10]
  • Charlie Parker Yardbird Originals (New York: Charles Colin Publications, 2005) originally published in 1955

Works in Japanese[edit]

  • Jazz Approach ni yoru Daionkai Jiten ジャズ・アプローチによる音階大辞典(July, 2011, Tokyo: Doremi Music Publishing. Co., Ltd.) ISBN 4285130777[13]
  • Jazz Approach ni yoru Onkai Kyohon <Symmetrical Scales Hen> ジャズ・アプローチによる音階教本<シンメトリカル・スケール編>(September, 2011, Tokyo: Doremi Music Publishing. Co., Ltd.) ISBN 4285130785[14]
  • Jazz Approach ni yoru Onkai Kyohon <Pentatonic Scales Hen> ジャズ・アプローチによる音階教本<ペンタトニック・スケール編>(September, 2011, Tokyo: Doremi Music Publishing. Co., Ltd.) ISBN 4285130793[15]

Selected Articles[edit]

  • A Creative Approach to Multi-Tonic Changes: Beyond Coltrane's Harmonic Formula, Annual Review of Jazz Studies 12, 2002 (Rutgers University/Scarecrow Press) (June 14, 2004) [8]
  • John Coltrane and Carlos Salzedo: A Surprising Connection, The American Harp Journal, Vol.23, No.2, Winter 2011, p. 59.[16]
  • Note Groups of Limited Transposition: A Key to Unlocking Multitonic Change Possibilities," Down Beat 67, No.9 (September 2000), p. 70.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Annual Review of Jazz Studies 12, About the Contributor, p.249. Rutgers University/Scarecrow Press. 2004. 
  2. ^ John Coltrane Plays "Coltrane Changes", About the Authors, p.8. Hal Leonard Corporation. 2003. 
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musician". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Marquis Who’s Who in America, p.5130. Marquis Who's Who 59th Edition. 2005. 
  5. ^ "Jazz Education Journal (July-August 2002), p.61". 
  6. ^ The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales, p.5. Masaya Music, Revised Edition. 2006. 
  7. ^ Symmetrical Scales for jazz Improvisation, pp.1-3. Masaya Music, Revised Edition. 2006. 
  8. ^ a b Annual Review of Jazz Studies 12, pp.147-167. Rutgers University/Scarecrow Press. 2004. 
  9. ^ Lexicon of Geometric Patterns for Jazz Improvisation, p.113, pp.146-156. Masaya Music, Revised Edition. 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Hal Leonard Corporation". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pianoteq Endorsers List". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hal Leonard Corporation". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Doremi Music Web Site". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Doremi Music Web Site". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Doremi Music Web Site". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "The American Harp Journal, Winter, p.59". 2011. 
  17. ^ "Down Beat 67, No.9, p.70". 2000. 

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