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Dry book containing lots of information
on 4 April 2010
This books is part of a series penned by Jody Fisher. It follows a pattern that a lot of Guitar Methods & Tutor books like to follow in giving you a few easy chaptors before sending you to boot camp hell.
In this case the first few chapters deal with triad inversions, circle of fiths and major scale theory. After that it starts to rapidly up the ante with chapter after chapter on hundreds of chords and their various inversions. This encyclopedic approach means that only the very dedicated will get past the 3rd chapter unless they also have some other easier play along material to balance this book out.
My problem with this book is that it is most certainly not a method. Its a great collection of useable (and not so useable) chord shapes with some useful theory thrown in, but any novice or intermediate guitarist given this book as a gift by a loved one will soon give up Jazz Guitar saying its to dry and difficult.
Do buy if you need a system for putting together large 11th & 13th chords, or you already have a large collection of play alongs and are looking for some additional chord knowledge to spice up your practice.
Avoid if you are relatively new to Jazz Guitar or are an intermediate player looking for something Jazzy. Personally I find the Hal Leonard / Musicians Institue books much easier Try (Chord Tone Soloing: A Guitarist's Guide to Melodic Improvising in Any Style (Musicians Institute: Private Lessons) or Chord Melody Guitar (Musicians Institute: Private Lessons)