Mick Goodrick

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Mick Goodrick
Born (1945-06-09) June 9, 1945 (age 74)
Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, teacher
Associated actsGary Burton

Mick Goodrick (born June 9, 1945 in Sharon, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz guitarist who has spent most of his career as a teacher. In the early 1970s, he worked with Gary Burton and Pat Metheny.


An Elvis fan, Goodrick began studying guitar in his pre-teens and was performing professionally a few years later. When he was sixteen, he became interested in jazz at a Stan Kenton Band Camp. He attended the Berklee College of Music from 1963–1967. He taught at Berklee, then spent a few years touring with Gary Burton. After returning to Boston, he settled into a career largely as an educator.[1]

Goodrick has had many notable students, including Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Julian Lage, John Scofield, Lage Lund, Mike Stern, Avner Strauss, and Rale Micic. His first book, The Advancing Guitarist, is an instruction manual for guitarists of all styles. He has also written a series of books addressing the intricacies of harmonic voice leading.

Goodrick worked with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra during the 1980s and early 1990s, with Jack DeJohnette in the late 1980s, and with Steve Swallow in the late 1990s. He performed in a duo with Pat Metheny at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2005 and with Wolfgang Muthspiel at the Jazz Standard in 2008.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • In Pas(s)ing (ECM, 1978)
  • Biorhythms (CMP, 1990)
  • Rare Birds (Ram, 1993)
  • Sunscreams (Ram, 1993)

As sideman[edit]

With Gary Burton

With Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra

With Jerry Bergonzi

  • Con Brio (Plug, 1983)
  • The Ray (Not Fat, 1984)
  • Sunscreams (RAM, 1994)
  • On Again (RAM, 1996)

With Jimmy Mosher

  • Satyric Horn (ITI, 1984)

With Jack DeJohnette

With Gary Thomas

With Claudio Fasoli

  • Bodies (Innowo, 1990)
  • Cities (RAM, 1993)
  • Trois Trios (Splasc(h), 1993–94)
  • Ten Tributes (RAM, 1995)

With Steve Swallow

With Wolfgang Muthspiel

  • In the Same Breath (CMP, 1996)
  • Live at the Jazz Standard (Material, 2010)

With Dan Wall

With Laszlo Gardony

  • Breakout (Avenue Jazz/Rhino/BMG, 1994)

Selected books[edit]

  • Goodrick, Mick (1987). The Advancing Guitarist: Applying guitar concepts and techniques. Hal Leonard Corp. ISBN 0881885894.
  • Goodrick, Mick (2003). Mr. Goodchord's Almanac of Guitar Voice-leading: Name that chord. 1. Liquid Harmony Books. ISBN 0971185808.
  • Goodrick, Mick; Miller, Tim (2012). Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar: Using generic modality compression. Berklee Press. ISBN 0876391285.


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.

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