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Guitarist John Stowell Performs an Original Composition, ‘Shiffletting’



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Guitarist and JGT contributor, John Stowell provides the transcribed music and video performance for this original composition.

John Stowell: “My practice routine often involves finding new chords in the context of simple voice leading exercises and progressions. My tunes are all composed as chord melodies, and they evolve from my chord investigations. I generally favor pianistic sounding inversions that often employ close intervals, open strings, double stops, some inner voice movement and counterpoint. I’ll often find broader applications for some of the chords that I find when composing my tunes. These include ideas for comping and using new inversions as templates on the neck for creating single lines. On my tune “Shiffletting” (dedicated to bassist John Shifflett), I’m playing the melody rubato. You may find some new dorian minor, altered dominant chords and open string voicings in the melody. This tune is on my “Rain Painting” CD, a duo project with bassist/vocalist Dan Dean, which will be released on the Origin label in early 2021.”

“Shiffletting” by John Stowell

(For John Shifflett)

John Stowell has two new CD releases on the Origin label (Scenes/“Trapeze”, Trio Linguae/“Signals”) and a new Truefire Course (Modern Jazz Harmony Playbook). You can find info on all of John’s recordings and instructional material on his website (

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