Jazz Guitar Books

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Sight Reading For The Contemporary Guitarist MB20117 $12.95

Up until a few years ago, finding guitar players who could sight read melodic lines was about as rare as sighting a whooping crane. Today, because of widespread study and the use and popularity of the guitar, melodic sight reading has become an essential part of guitar playing. It is now important for a working guitarist to be as proficient at sight reading as any brass or woodwind player. Rhythms in this book are extremely complex, compelling the player to focus on learning the guitar fretboard.

Jazz Guitar Phrasing Workout MB20577BCD $14.95

A step-by-step method teaching correct modern jazz interpretation and phrasing. Great for reading and for learning to “play in the pocket”. Companion CD allows the guitarist both to hear how the phrases should be interpreted and to play the jazz etudes with a rhythm section.

Brazilian Jazz Guitar WMB010BCD $19.95

Number ten in the Mel Bay/Warner collaboration contains a collection of beginning to intermediate arrangements for Brazilian Guitar. All tunes included in standard notation and tablature are: “One Note Samba”, “Meditation”, “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”, “Chega de Saudade”, “How Insensitive”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, “A Day in the Life of a Fool”, “The Island”, “So Nice”, “Desafinado”, “A Felicidade”, “Sabia” and “Gentle Rain”. Tunes arranged by John Zaradin and Mike Christiansen. All tunes included on companion CD in solo and rhythm styles.

Jazz Guitar Standard: Chord Melody Solos WMB011BCD $24.95

This collection of jazz standard chord solos for guitar is compiled from Mel Bay and Warner Bros. collaborations Jazz Guitar Standards Vol. 1 and 2. What makes this work so special is that each artist has personally recorded their solo guitar arrangement. The book comes with the CDs which have all 44 tunes. This book is a wonderful anthology of solo guitar that can be used for performances as well as educational purposes.

Melodic Studies & Compositions for Guitar MB20392 $15.95
A collection of studies and compositions written to provide a creative approach to a common problem. Most guitar students have not worked through a methodical approach to reading music notation, which limits their personal progress and sometimes their career development. The author has approached the studies from two directions: horizontal, or up the fingerboard on individual strings, and positional. The first two parts of the book are extensively fingered and designed to make intervals and melodic patterns more visually apparent by repetition of similar ideas in different locations on the neck. The third part contains five extended compositions, which draw from the author’s jazz background. The first four include chord changes for duo practice, as well as challenging melodic lines in a variety of meters that may be used for the study of improvisation. The fifth piece is written in the Indian Raga style. Basic music theory and rhythmic studies are included in the appendices.
Guitar Arpeggio Studies on Jazz Standards MB20623BCD $17.95
An in-depth approach to mastering arpeggios for guitarists, beginning with simple arpeggio studies, this book progresses through simple concepts and tunes then proceeds to tackle some of the great standards that jazz musicians play. The lesson concludes with advanced arpeggio concepts including super-imposition of unusual arpeggios over various chord types to create startling tonal clusters. This is a must-have for all serious guitarists who want to achieve great technique while developing their sense of harmony. Companion CD included.
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