Beginning Jazz Guitar: The Complete Jazz Guitar Method (Book & DVD)

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  1. J. Janssen says:
    83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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    Doubtless the best tutorial in print, October 1, 2004
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    I’ve played guitar for more than thirty years and have focused on straight ahead jazz for the last 15 or so. All that time I’ve absorbed bits and pieces of musical knowledge from method books, lick guides and transcriptions as well as from the experience gained playing with others. No resource that I’ve encountered offers the degree of fundamental understanding that one can gain from this series of books.

    Unlike most other method books, “Beginning Jazz Guitar” starts from chapter 1 with a dual track instruction mode of chord and scale studies mixed with a moderate dose of musical scheme AND the instigator wisely limits the first volume to just the major scale. Too many other fine publications persist on bedeviling the student with a bewildering array of scales and modes in rapid fire succession. This volume shines when it comes to supplying answers to real planet questions as the student force really run into them. Additionally, Jody Fisher presents scales in a format that encourages horizontal rather than vertical playing (one of the most vital and most overlooked aspect of improvisation). As a matter of fact, more experienced players may have to relearn scale positions to work through the etudes and excercises in this book since they are fundamentally different than those normally found in most instructional texts.

    Likewise, for a beginning book, the text does a credible job in presenting harmony and chord progressions with just enough scheme to know how progressions are structured and how to extend and alter chords. Most books present chordal scheme in the first part of the book and then take up lead playing in the second half as if they bore no relationship with one another. Again, the instigator scores with the dual track approach.

    Finally, the information contained in the “Coda” at the end of the book is worth the price alone. One could spend half a lifetime studying jazz guitar and not stumble over some these gems of info.

    As a companion to this book I force also recommend “All Solos & Grooves for Jazz Guitar” by Jim Ferguson (Mel Bay) which serves up major scale studies by the side of with more advanced solos utilizing similar techniques. As a matter of fact all of Ferguson’s books would fit in nicely with this series.

    All in all, an brilliant resource for the single-minded student.

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  2. Kjell says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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    Culture Jazz or reading TAB, March 15, 2006
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    I have used this book a lot since I got it, and I have learned much from it. While I at first was quite entusiastic about the book, I am slightly more critical now.

    The book proceeds by the side of two tracks, chords and solo. In both cases etudes goes alongside the scheme so you can apply what you have leared. But after culture some of the etudes, I started wondering if I had really learned the scheme. You learn to play basic triads on any three adjacent strings, and this accompanied by an etude. But as the etude is written in TAB I do not reckon about whether the chord I play is an d-minor or an A major or any other chord. I found that when I took an ancient song-book and tried comping using the same basic triads, I had to reckon about how to form the chord and therefore I learned more. For many of the other etudes I got a similar feeling that what I learned was not the chord or the fingering, but to read TAB.

    Another weird point is that the book starts out by a small review of the pre-requisite. You are supposed to be familiar with fingering of the pentatonic scale, and basic blues chord progression. But nowhere in the book would lack of such knowledge be an aparent problem.

    Still, this is an excellent book. The basic scheme is excellently clarified. I have learened a lot from the book. It starts out simple both in construction and voicing of chords and improvisig, proceedin to modes of the major scale.

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  3. M. Dacre says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent Book to Learn More Refined Guitar, June 3, 2008
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    This review is from: Beginning Jazz Guitar: The Complete Jazz Guitar Method (Book & DVD) (Paperback)

    First off, when this book says “beginning,” it does NOT mean it is targeted to a complete beginner to guitar. It means it is written for a guitarist who knows the basics of rock guitar and want to learn more about the more refined and traditional jazz style.

    The book assumes that you already know a couple scales (pentatonics, etc.) and most standard rock chords, and I greatly appreciated that it assumed I knew these, because I was worried the book would be too “dumb” in the beginning.

    This book is fantastic… it shows you what to play with clear diagrams and explanations and all the etudes and songs are written in TAB and traditional so it exposes you to playing guitar using traditional notation, which is an vital skill.

    I highly recommend this book. If you are a honestly excellent intermediate-level rock guitarist who knows all the basic open and barre chords, this book will pick up right where you want it to and help you add some sophistication to your playing… all you have to do is practice what it teaches you!

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