Mick Goodrick

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Mick Goodrick
Born(1945-06-09)June 9, 1945
Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedNovember 16, 2022(2022-11-16) (aged 77)
Occupation(s)Musician, teacher

Mick Goodrick (June 9, 1945 – November 16, 2022) was an American jazz guitarist who 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 School of Music from 1963 to 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, 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 Montreal Jazz Festival in 2005 and with Wolfgang Muthspiel at the Jazz Standard in 2008.[1]

Goodrick died from the long-term effects of Parkinson's disease on November 16, 2022, at the age of 77.[2]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

  • In Pas(s)ing (ECM, 1979)
  • Biorhythms (CMP, 1990)
  • Rare Birds with Joe Diorio (RAM, 1993)
  • Sunscreams (RAM, 1994)
  • In the Same Breath (CMP, 1996)
  • Noisy Old Men (Jam, 2002) with John Abercrombie, Steve Swallow, Gary Chaffee

As sideman[edit]

With Gary Burton

With Jack DeJohnette

With Claudio Fasoli

  • Bodies (Innowo, 1990)
  • Cities (RAM, 1993)
  • Ten Tributes (RAM, 1995)
  • Trois Trios (Splasc(H), 1999)

With Charlie Haden

With others

Selected books[edit]

  • Goodrick, Mick (1987). The Advancing Guitarist: Applying Guitar Concepts and Techniques. Hal Leonard Corp. ISBN 0881885894.
  • Goodrick, Mick (2003). Factorial Rhythm: For All Instruments. Liquid Harmony Books. ISBN 0971185824.
  • Goodrick, Mick (2003). Mr. Goodchord's Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading for the Year 2001 and Beyond, Vol. 1: Name That Chord. Liquid Harmony Books. ISBN 0971185808.
  • Goodrick, Mick (2005). Mr. Goodchord's Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading for the Year 2001 and Beyond, Vol. 2: Do Not Name That Chord. Liquid Harmony Books. ISBN 0971185816.
  • Goodrick, Mick (2007). Mr. Goodchord's Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading for the Year 2001 and Beyond, Vol. 3: Beyond the Mother Lode. Liquid Harmony Books. ISBN 9780971185845.
  • Goodrick, Mick (2008). 36 Solo Pieces for Fingerstyle Guitar + Duo, Trio, & Quartet Arrangements. Liquid Harmony Books. ISBN 9780971185852.
  • Goodrick, Mick; Miller, Tim (2012). Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar: Using Generic Modality Compression. Berklee Press. ISBN 978-0876391280.


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Ellis, Andy (17 November 2022). "Remembering Mick Goodrick (1945–2022)". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 17 November 2022.

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