Jazz Guitar Books

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Amazing Phrasing HL00695583 $16.95

This book/CD pack explores all the main components necessary for crafting well-balanced rhythmic and melodic phrases. It also explains how these phrases are put together to form cohesive solos. Many styles are covered - rock, blues, jazz, fusion, country, Latin, funk and more - and all of the concepts are backed up with musical examples. The 50 ideas are divided into five main sections: The Basics - covers fundamental but all too often forgotten techniques, such as slurs and vibrato, that can breathe new life into your phrases; Melodic Concepts - explores various aspects of melodic phrasing, such as motifs, chromaticism and sequences; Harmonic Embellishments - discusses the melodic potential of harmonic intervals (dyads), chords and chord partials; Rhythmic Concepts - explores various aspects of rhythmic phrasing, such as accents, free-time phrasing and metric modulation, and how it pertains to melodic soloing; Solo Structure - all of the topics discussed in the book come together to help form the big picture. The companion CD contains 89 demos for listening, and most tracks feature full-band backing.

Jazz Guitar Chord System HL00695291 $7.95

The essential guide to jazz chord voicings and substitutions, complete with a color-coded method for over 500 essential voicings. Players will understand chord functions and their harmonic possibilities better than ever before, as well as inversions, extensions, alterations, and substitutions. Players will also be able to increase their harmonic vocabulary for accompaniment, composing and chord-melody playing.

Jazz Guitar Improvisation Book & CD Package HL00695128 $17.95

Develop your solo skills with this comprehensive method which includes a CD with 99 full demonstration tracks. Topics covered include: common jazz phrases; applying scales and arpeggios; guide tones, non-chordal tones, fourths; and more. Includes standard notation and tablature.

An Approach to Jazz Improvisation HL00695135 $17.95

This book/CD pack explores the styles of Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Bud Powell and others for a comprehensive guide to jazz improvisation. Topics include: scale choices, chord analysis, phrasing, memorization, transposition of solos, melodies, harmonic progressions, and much more. The CD includes 99 tracks for play-along and demonstration.

Gig Savers: Killer ii-Vs MB20107 $2.95
This 16-page text provides material to be played over the most common chord progression in jazz, the major and minor ii-V-I. Each section contains harmonic ideas as well as melodic ideas presented in standard notation and tab. A wealth of valuable information is provided in this text for the jazz guitarist wanting some new lines.
Gig Savers: Killer Comping MB20076 $2.95
This Mel Bay Gig Saver gives aspiring guitarists ideas about jazz guitar accompaniment in a brief, affordable, yet informative fashion. In jazz, the term "comping" means to accompany, and in some cases, to complement. It is the job of the harmonic instrument (guitar) to provide a background for other musicians to improvise against or a singer to sing against. The idea, when comping, is to make the other musicians comfortable while they play and to help their solos feel "complete." This book gives the guitarist a number of chord shapes and rhythms that can be used when comping in the style of Freddie Green, and in bebop and later styles. There are also blues progressions and an etude to practice applying the concepts.
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