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Exploring Jazz Guitar: An Introduction to Jazz Harmony, Technique and Improvisation (The Schott Pop Styles Series) Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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You would think having made the minor pentatonic assumption about the audience for the book, it would work from what you would be likely to know as a blues or rock player and build that out gradually into what's required for jazz. But certainly not in the first sections. Perhaps if you know absolutely no theory, it might be possible to just accept what's being said here and get to grips with it, but I think you'd find it really hard. I think the book assumes you already play though, and I imagine I'm not alone in having learned some theory in studying rock guitar and the leap to this is just too bizarre for me. I am also studying ABRSM jazz piano and doing blues and jazz piano from very good books by Tim Richards, so I expected something similar for guitar with this, but the approach is just so different. My hunt continues for a jazz guitar method that works the way I do. In the meantime I think I'd actually find it easier to apply the Tim Richards stuff to guitar than work through this.
If you already play some jazz, whether chord solos, or a little "jazz" lead, then the CD examples might be a bit of a dissapointment.
If all you know is a penatatonic or two, and you are not "up" on jazz chords, and have only been playing a year or two, then this book is a good introduction to jazz guitar.
But might be worth buying also for the "theory" side of things, if this is your weakness. Don't want to be negative. At the right stage, this could be the book for you. A good book for guitar teachers to use as examples, perhaps. Just felt that some of the "lead" could have been a bit more "adventurous".
I've been a semi-pro guitarist for many years and have had so much conflicting advice and opinion regarding jazz guitar - and with limited time to devote to practice, that for a long time I decided against the plunge. Recent inquiries for jazz gigs led me to take that plunge and I was lucky to choose this book. It's a beauty!
Yes, you need to spend some time practicing the concepts and getting the knowledge under your fingers but this book takes you on a logical progressive course that with time and patience will have you playing jazz guitar.
This is a practical, well laid out book that has great recorded support tracks. Highly recommended!!
Exploring Jazz Guitar is well written and the CD is well recorded with plenty of backing tracks and spaces to play along using your own solos.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has basic guitar playing skills and wants to learn how to play authentic sounding jazz...and to have fun while learning.
Phil Capone, the musician and producer behind this book, deserves the highest praise for this rewarding tutor book and CD.