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Boring, Unapplied, Theoretical, Mind Numbing enthusiasm killer!
on 27 December 2015
I have been playing guitar for a long time... and having bought this book to learn some Gypsy Jazz elements I was very disappointed by it.
1. Its hellishly boring for starters...yes you have to learn the discipline of Alternate Picking and yes you have to learn timing... but really introducing the book with boring picking exercises just puts you to sleep and kills any enthusiasm, its not as though the written notes are particularly entertaining or relevant... he doesn't even suggest that these picking exercises are related to Lead playing in Gypsy Jazz....God I was bored by page 4.
2. Next if you persevere we have "Manouche Style " Licks...Oh I think this might be more like it... apparently not ...these again are Three Note per string exercises to encourage you to play G or Gm in three notes on one string, its not like they are even entertaining, they are just repetitive three note patterns... the kind of thing you get on any Internet Rock Guitar how to play fast lesson!
3. Chapter 2 ...some Basic Manouche chords....these are plainly laid out with limited Written notes, most of which you would only understand from grade 5 onwards...hardly stuff got " Getting into " gypsy jazz...I understood what was said because I've learnt it elsewhere and would not have learnt it easily from this book!
4. The remaining chapters cover various things such as Rhythm and Improvisation with boring notes and limited details yes he provides examples and some details on various types of Rhythms used...but it all laid out like a classical style course, techincally formal, unrelated to real life examples and detached entirely from the actual Genre!
5. The book is dead .....contains lots of diagrams of Scales and Apreggio drawings for you to practice such as might be used in an Am piece etc pages later your still wading through similar diagrams or Major Arpeggios with a Chromatic approach above or below etc etc...the general idea could have been explained in one page and still not applicable examples to the Genre!
6 The only good bit about this book is that it documents the great long lists of possible Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor and Wholetone scale elements that you dont see if more interesting books. There are some short Exert examples of pieces to play over backing tracks but these are very short. Followed by 1 Key backing track and Example performance piece you might learn.
If you want to kill your enthusiasm for Gypsy Jazz buy this book.
If you want a Chord, Arpeggio and Scale Dictionary related to Gypsy Jazz buy this book
If you want to be Bored to Tears... buy this book
If you want to wade through hours of meaningless musical theoretical and largely un-applied examples buy this book
Have I said enough....