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The ONLY text for big band jazz guitar worth buying,
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This review is from: Swing and Big Band Guitar [With CD] (Paperback)
To add my 10 pence worth - I fully agree with the other reviews here. If you are new to big band guitar, this book is absolutely THE required text. Other books will not get you half as far, and in some cases, just add confusion or misdirection to the learning jazz rhythm guitarist. How on earth did people pick up this style of guitar before 1998?!!
Charlton Johnson tells you everything you will really ever need to know to get performing big band jazz to a high standard, and it is all set out in a logical and inspiring framework, mixing the essential principles and practice routines to get them embedded, allowing you to get playing from the outset (enough to busk your way through most standards) and then taking the learner onto the next steps of creative chord reduction and expansion to reach a smooth and interesting comping style that has both consistency and variety. My own background was as an experienced (Grade 8) blues/rock/indie player, and yet even as such, my entry into the jazz rhythm style looked intimidating, and its very easy to head off down the wrong path in trying to interpret the complex looking charts of a big band. But its not as hard as it looks if you know and adopt the right basic principles. And being able to play this stuff can only increase all round musicianship - certainly my blues rhythm playing has come on in spades too as a result of an enhanced chord understanding and toolkit.
Buy it, woodshed it, never look back.