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Itch Rocks
Itch Rocks
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 25 July 2013
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This review is from: Itch Rocks (Kindle Edition)
Best book ever this was a great read I recommend it to everyone. Simon Mayo you should make a movie out of this it will be a great success


Exploring Jazz Guitar: An Introduction to Jazz Harmony, Technique and Improvisation (The Schott Pop Styles Series)
Exploring Jazz Guitar: An Introduction to Jazz Harmony, Technique and Improvisation (The Schott Pop Styles Series)
by Phil Capone
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entry into jazz improvisation, 22 Jan 2008
Finally a book that helps me put all the pieces (scales, arpeggios, chord changes, etc.) together and explains how to approach jazz improvisation for an intermediate-level guitar player like myself, who has a background in rock/pop/blues but just doesn't know how to get started when confronted with jazz chord changes.

One thing puzzles me. The author seems to be a Gibson ES enthousiast and describes in the picture captions various classic models played by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and others. Why does the front cover then clearly show a Gretsch, which is hardly the instrument of choice for jazz musicians?
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Teach Yourself Arabic (book and double CD pack)
Teach Yourself Arabic (book and double CD pack)
by Jack Smart
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful practice material, 26 Oct 2007
As other reviewers have commented, the structure of this book is not ideal, but it offers excellent practice material, such as clippings from newspapers or magazines with vocabulary lists. These can be used to complement other methods which are more structured and have more focus on grammar. I used this book together with Wightwick&Gaafar's "Mastering Arabic" to get through beginners level.


The Ultimate Fake Book: C Edition (Fake Books)
The Ultimate Fake Book: C Edition (Fake Books)
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Edition: Plastic Comb
Price: 27.41

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate?, 26 Oct 2007
It's a large collection of tunes, but two points limit the book's usefulness for me (amateur guitarist and pianist playing occasionally in jazz and rock/pop bands).
1) It covers all genres, from early jazz to country, so it cannot be comprehensive in any genre. Even for a jazz beginner the 100 or so jazz tunes will quickly be insufficient, and a much better collection like the same publisher's Real Book will be needed. For 80/90-ies pop the selection is minimal. The best coverage is probably in broadway and movie/tv hits, which make up about half of the songs in the book.
2) 1200 songs in 800 pages means that they have been highly compressed. Every other page contains 2 songs: small fontsize, 12 staffs per page, highly simplified chords and melody. Impossible to read on stage, so you end up having to cut and paste with photocopiers or scanners to create something readable.


Play Piano in a Flash
Play Piano in a Flash
by Scott Houston
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.75

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing, 26 Oct 2007
This review is from: Play Piano in a Flash (Paperback)
Despite the title, this book is actually very poor value-for-money. It is a short paperback on the idea that for playing popular music, classical piano lessons do not work, and that it is more useful to learn to play left handed block chords and right handed melody. However, it does not provide exercises to learn this technique, just a list of chord positions. Much more useful is e.g. Alfreds basic adult piano course.


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