The guitar has developed over the past four centuries. The six-course or six-string guitar was created at the end of the eighteenth century and was the first instrument that looked like a modern guitar. It gained a new life in twentieth-century North America with the invention of amplification and its use in jazz and blues. By the end of the 1900s, the guitar was one of the most popular instruments in the world. Jazz and blues became two of the most unique American styles of music and are cornerstones of American culture today. This essay outlines the roots of jazz, blues, and the electric guitar. It then examines and analyzes the lives and compositions of three blues guitarists, two jazz guitarists, and one contemporary guitarist. This background and analysis provides a context for my recital.
This thesis uses transcriptions to analyze the influence of the modal jazz pianist McCoy Tyner on the improvisational style of the jazz piano prodigy Austin Peralta. The study both explores the roots of modal jazz and considers how Peralta has incorporated and deviated from the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of Tyner's style.