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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing; Pap/Com edition (4 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739066374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739066379
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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I was convinced by the reviews to go for this. I have a reasonable ability on guitar, albeit not in jazz styles. This is a step by step highly theoretical book which has lots of exercises I really won't ever try. It isn't that great as a reference text, i.e. no page with jazz chord fingerings all in one section. If you have a highly analytical and dedicated approach to learning this might be a good option. Like many others, I find if its too technical and theoretical, I lose interest and I doubt I will use this book. Let's face it, the reason many people go for guitar is to get playing right away and just pick things up as you go along. You would need a lot of dedication to use this book properly and it really wasn't what I was after. One of the problems of buying online, sight unseen I suppose. I wanted something that would quickly get me on the road to being a competent jazz rhythm guitarist and I should be able to do that; this isn't the book for me although it might be the right one for you!
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I see all the reviews here are not always positive and talk about these books (this version seems to be the original four books bound as one) being too difficult, too technical, or too opaque to understand. The list of stuff you need to know to play jazz is a lot longer than the one you use for rock and blues - I know I've been a pro teacher for 13 years - and when a students wants to add a bit of jazz to their repetiore its a challenge to know what to start them on. A rock player may get by with a single pentatonic scale for most of their soloing, be completely scale based for thier soloing, and never need to know about chord tones, leading tones, chromatics. And certainly not know anything more than major and minir chords and some 7ths. With jazz stuff all that changes.

I started on some jazz study abck in 1965 by buying Micky Bakers book (still available and recommended - as given to students heading to music college). Too difficult for a 18 year old pop, blues player. And it stayed on the shelves for 35 years.

Jody Fishers books are different because they start you out as thoughh you are doing your first lesson in jazz sat right with him. Sure you needd to have played a couple of years before starting this course - but who starts learning the guitar by playing jazz anyway! The books tnake you down two simultaneous routes - part A and part B - part A is about chords and part B about scales and melodies - later in the books these two merge.

But you have to start somewhere and this is as good as it gets.
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I really love this book. As an average guitarist I found the content really useful. It gives you a lot of theory and ideas and actually teach you a lot about jazz patterns.
It takes time to learn and practice but it pays you back.
Highly recommended to anybody wanting to learn how to jazz.
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By Ricky on 24 Mar. 2015
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There appear to be typographical errors contained within my copy of this publication! If you are buying music books or tutors, I suggest you buy the same subject by more than one publisher or author, in order to be able to compare salient theoretical points
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This book is brilliant if you have already mastered basic playing techniques you should also be competent with barre chords before beginning. The first chapter of the book makes sure you're up to speed with a good chunk of this stuff if you're not.
The book covers all types of chords, scales and improvisation and moves in a logical order. The etudes are great for practicing what you've learnt at each stage and help you to gauge when you're ready to move on.
I was really pleased with this book. I always like to look at new angles at playing guitar and this one covers a hell of a lot of material in it's 300 pages.
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It requires a leap to go from the level of a standard amateur rock guitar player (as I am for 40 years) to that of this method. But it's rewarding. Less dense than Mickey Baker's method, but far more complete and progressive. I highly recommand it.
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I new this book would be above my level when I ordered it, but I want to build a playing knowledge with as much resource as possible, this book doesn't disappoint, it is full of all manor of chords, scale patterns and information all explained in a straight forward way, I would imagine I will never outgrow this book as it is so comprehensive, I look forward to improving my playing, music knowledge and trying to get to the end of the book if I can :D
One of, if not the best guitar technique/study books I have bought, no matter what level your at there is something for everyone who wants to progress and is willing to put the time in!
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This is very good and systematic book. I have been playing guitar for few years and I am self taught.
Whenever I heard Jazz guitar I always wanted to play. Tried different sites and purchased books but this book is really very good.
Approach to theory and technique development is fantastic
Yes it may not be very good for those who want start playing guitar but for that you can by any other book
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