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Jazz Guitar Technique When improvising, what your mind hears is more often than not determined by what your body can reproduce on your instrument. Much of your conception as an improviser is determined by your technique. If you can't play certain types of ideas, you are simply not going to conceive of them while you are improvising. Even if you could, it wouldn't matter, since you couldn't play them anyway. Serious chops building technical studies for single note lines and chords. Plus, the examples feature a lot of harmonic content. This book is about much more than technique...I believe this would be a great addition to any jazz guitarist's library. In standard notation only. 097005761X   $19.99  

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RGT-Jazz Guitar, Performance Diplomas Handbook This book will help develop your playing and gain an internationally-recognized qualification in jazz guitar playing. These Diplomas have been developed by the Registry of Guitar Tutors in association with London College of Music Exams, one of the world’s longest established and most respected music examination boards. Studying this book will prepare you to gain a fully-accredited Diploma from London College of Music Exams, which would legally entitle you to append the letters DipLCM, ALCM, LLCM or FLCM after your name. Preparing for one of these Diplomas will help you develop all aspects of your jazz guitar playing in a structured way, and encourage you to achieve your playing potential by setting yourself a challenging target to aim for. Topics covered include: jazz scales, jazz chords and arpeggios; jazz chord arrangements; reproducing and interpreting well-known jazz standards; improvising over jazz changes; rhythm guitar playing including extending, substituting and embellishing chords. Learn More About RGT. 1905908271   $17.95  

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Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist Guitarists face a sometimes overwhelming number of choices as to where to play a given note or phrase and what fingering to use. While a given fingering for a scale or phrase may be possible, it may not be practical. In this book, jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno lays out six fingerings for the major scales which he has found to be the most efficient in his thirty years of professional playing. These patterns are then used to derive fingerings for the dorian mode, mixolydian mode, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales. Illustrations are provided in notation and tablature with fretboard diagrams aiding visualization. By using these fingerings consistently, the guitarist will eliminate all unnecessary fingerings and remove a major obstacle to his or her development as a musician. 20001   $14.99  

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Jazz Guitar Stylings of Howard Roberts The Jazz Stylings of Howard Roberts consists of transcriptions of melody, solo, comping examples and ensemble passages from Howard's extensive solo albums spanning from the '50's to the '70's in accurate detail. There is a bio of HR (as he was affectionately known to all of his acquaintances and fans) with personal comments from Pete Jolly, well known LA jazz and studio pianist who was best friends with Howard going back to their early days in Phoenix. An extensive section covers the history and development of the Epiphone© and Gibson© signature guitars that Howard created along with the Benson® amp story, which is told by Howard's original partner, Ron Benson, the first of the 'boutique' amplifier companies, so common today. Along the way, Howard's involvement with guitar education and publishing is described culminating in the opening of the Guitar Institute of Technology (now the Musicians Institute) in 1977. A discography of Howard's solo albums as well as the key hit records he played on and a list of the major motion picture soundtracks he participated in as a studio musician in Los Angeles are also included. 20011   $24.99  

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L'Esprit Manouche Book/CD Set This massive book offers a comprehensive study of the Gypsy jazz or Manouche guitar style as perceived by French guitarists Derek Sebastian and Romane, two of the finest modern day practitioners of the Django Reinhardt style. Each of the book’s thirty-six progressive chapters consists of four parts: A.) Technique developed through exercises, chord progressions/diagrams, and illustrations of fingerboard positions; B.) A harmony lesson with leads in the Manouche style; C.) Soloing techniques based on the harmonic structure of a given theme; and D.) Self-testing materials with answers provided at the close of the book. The companion CD for L’Espirit Manouche is unique in that it provides 98 play-along MIDI files that exactly parallel the order of the exercises, examples and pieces in the book as well as audio tracks of excerpts from eighteen Romane favorites from the Gypsy jazz repertoire. The MIDI tracks, which can be accessed via most audio players on PC or Macintosh computers, allow the student to play along with both short phrases and extensive rhythm tracks- at any desired tempo; The audio tracks on the companion disc can be played on any CD player. L’Espirit Manouche not only makes Gypsy jazz accessible; it offers an opportunity to master the Manouche style. While many exercises and tunes appear in both standard notation and tab, not to mention chord or fretboard diagrams, standard notation is predominant. 20014BCD   $35.99  

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Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos, Volume 3 Book/CD Set Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos Volume Three presents nine challenging tunes and improvised solos by some of today’s top jazz guitar players for the intermediate to advanced jazz guitarist. Contributors include: Ron Afiff, Peter Bernstein, Joe Diorio, Fred Hamilton, Ken Hatfield, Hank Mackie, Steve Masakowski, Joe Negri, and Rick Stone. All of the pieces are in both standard notation and tablature with a biographical sketch of each performer. A companion stereo CD is included, making this an ideal sourcebook for serious students and professionals alike. 20016BCD   $19.95  

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Gig Savers: Killer Comping This Mel Bay Gig Saver gives aspiring guitarists ideas about jazz guitar accompaniment in a brief, affordable, yet informative fashion. In jazz, the term "comping" means to accompany, and in some cases, to complement. It is the job of the harmonic instrument (guitar) to provide a background for other musicians to improvise against or a singer to sing against. The idea, when comping, is to make the other musicians comfortable while they play and to help their solos feel "complete." This book gives the guitarist a number of chord shapes and rhythms that can be used when comping in the style of Freddie Green, and in bebop and later styles. There are also blues progressions and an etude to practice applying the concepts. 20076   $2.99  

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One Guitar, Many Styles Book/CD Set Much of today's electric guitar centers on playing in a band. We learn the chords, the licks, the solos and sometimes a few of the lyrics. Seldom do we get a chance to play a song by ourselves from beginning to end without band mates or singing. This new book by Berklee faculty and renowned recording artist Jon Finn is a collection of pieces in a variety of musical styles written for unaccompanied solo electric guitar. Techniques covered include pick-and-fingers (reminiscent of Chet Atkins), classical (adapted to electric guitar), jazz, blues, pop, two-handed tapping (like Jennifer Batten or Stanley Jordan) and more. The music is accurately and painstakingly transcribed to match the included recordings. The book also includes pictures and detailed information about playing each piece, both from a technical and artistic point of view. If you want to widen your musical horizons while building up repertoire that you can perform by yourself, this book is for you. 20121BCD   $22.99  

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Just Jazz Guitar Articles It is with great pleasure that we here at Mel Bay Publications, Inc. offer this project by guitar legend Jack Wilkins. Jack’s skills as a session player, jazz player and all around guitar virtuoso have been honed by playing countless gigs and recording sessions. This book compiles many of Jack’s lessons originally written for “Just Jazz Guitar” magazine. Subjects including comping, harmonization, and single-note soloing in the jazz setting are covered in this text by one of the world’s greatest…so practice hard. This material is tried and tested and will make you a better player. The difficulty is intermediate to advanced. 20201   $19.99  

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Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos, Volume 4 Book/CD Set Learn the music of today's jazz guitar greats. Beautifully presented here is the music of some of today's most influential jazz guitarists, all offered in standard notation and TAB. These solos from Corey Christiansen, Larry Koonse, Bruce Saunders, Bruce Arnold, Anthony Wilson, Mark Boling, Sheryl Bailey, Vic Juris, John Stowell and Steve Cardenas are all accompanied by a recording of each performance; a wonderful addition to any serious jazz guitarists' repertoire. 20387BCD   $22.95  

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Jazz Guitar Lines Workout The exercises and etudes in this book will help students gain the technique needed to execute great jazz lines. A mixture of technique builders and etudes are all designed to give jazz guitarists a daily workout. All of the exercises in this book are written with the plectrum guitarists in mind, but this doesn't mean that fingerstyle guitarists can't benefit from the exercises as well. 20524   $8.95  

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Jazz Scale Workout In the pursuit of improvisation (jazz or other styles), scales are the “palettes” utilized for creating melodies. Often, scales are only practiced ascending or descending step-wise. “Jazz Scale Workout” by Ken Karsh contains eight measure through-composed continuous eighth note exercises (or “workouts”) utilizing “jazz style” melodies based around the Major, Dorian (minor seventh), Mixolydian (Dominant), and Super-Locrian (Altered Dominant) scales—the most common scales in the jazz idiom. Four basic guitar fingerings for each scale are provided for the foundation of these exercises. Since these scales are the basis for improvising over the frequently utilized ii-V-I progression, the final “workouts” found in this publication cover this area. There are two “workouts” provided for each scale form—one with only the scale tones (labeled “Diatonic”) and the other with “outside” chromatic tones resolving to the diatonic scale tones (labeled “Chromatic”). The “workouts” can and should be tried with different fingerings and should be played in all keys for maximum benefit. “Jazz Scale Workout” provides an enjoyable “finger and mental fitness program” for guitarists interested in expanding their scale awareness in the jazz idiom. 20525   $9.99  

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Sweet and Lowdown Sweet and Lowdown, Woody Allen's film from 1999, starred Sean Penn as the legendary, but fictitious jazz guitarist of the '30s, Emmett Ray. Emmett considered himself to be the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world next to Django Reinhardt. The versatile Howard Alden played all of the solo acoustic guitar parts for the movie, as well as coaching Mr. Penn to play guitar for his role (for which he received an Oscar nomination, best actor). This book contains note-for-note transcriptions in both standard notation and tab of Howard's Django-esque interpretations and improvisations of classic standards of the 1930s, as well as original solo guitar pieces written by Woody's longtime musical director, jazz pianist Dick Hyman. Sweet and Lowdown contributed greatly to the recent renewal of interest in and revival of swing and gypsy jazz guitar. Howard's guitar work is a warm and personal example of the timeless musical vocabulary of swing guitar. 20530   $19.99  

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Jazz Guitar Phrasing Workout Book/CD Set A step-by-step method teaching correct modern jazz interpretation and phrasing. Great for reading and for learning to “play in the pocket”. Companion CD allows the guitarist both to hear how the phrases should be interpreted and to play the jazz etudes with a rhythm section. 20577BCD   $14.95  

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Compositions Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel has been pushing the jazz envelope for more than a decade and is recognized as one of today's premier soloists and composers. This book showcases solo transcriptions of Kurt's critically acclaimed album "Deep Song" as well as lead sheets for many of Kurt's personal favorite tunes presented in standard notation and tablature. The book is personalized with photos of Kurt's tours and recording sessions and is a valuable collection of modern jazz guitar. 20749   $19.99  

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Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Chord Soloing This book is designed to teach the guitarist the technique of "chord soloing." This technique is extremely valuable to all guitarists because chords and melodies are played together; there is no need for an accompanying instrument. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of chord soloing. I would recommend that novice guitarists start at the beginning and work through the book slowly. Intermediate players may want to find a chapter that looks challenging and start at that point. By the end of this book, you will be able to take any lead sheet and turn it into a guitar arrangement. Enjoy the journey into the fascinating world of chord soloing. 20758   $24.99  

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Ben Monder Compositions This book of twenty compositions spans an approximately 20-year period of writing. They can all be found on one or another of Ben’s four solo releases: Flux, Dust, Excavation, and Oceana. It reflects a broad sample of work involving the exploration of various harmonic, technical, and textural elements of the guitar. There are 6 solo pieces, as well as pieces for trio and quartet, with voice being the 4th instrument. The pieces were chosen for the particular technical challenges they present to the performer. Some unusual fingering techniques are employed, as well as alternate tunings. Standard notation only. 20842   $39.99  

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Conversations With Great Jazz and Studio Guitarists Jazz Guitar/Reference. Features in-depth interviews with 22 of the industry's most notable guitar players. Jim Carlton’s candid conversations render astute insight into revered jazz guitarists, the history and development of jazz guitar and the studio scene that flourished during its Golden Era to the present day. It’s a book brimming with behind-the-scenes anecdotes, little-known vignettes and the stories behind many hit recordings. An often hilarious book that conveys the sense of humor and iconoclasm that’s so prevalent among great artists. 20959   $24.99  

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Jazz Guitar Photo Chords Never wonder how to play certain jazz chords on guitar again with this easy-to-use and comprehensive text. Also an excellent reference book, this book presents a plethora of chords and voicings commonly found used when playing jazz guitar. Virtually every type of jazz chord and its inversions is presented in standard notation and tab accompanied by a photo of the chord being executed on the guitar fingerboard. Jazz Guitar Photo Chords is perfect for jazz band guitarists needing new voicings quickly as well as the guitarist who is constantly searching for new sounds. 21045   $12.99  

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Jazz Tunes QWIKGUIDE Book/CD Set This compact QWIKGUIDE book offers 51 original jazz-influenced tunes in standard notation and tablature with suggested chord changes. Several keys and time signatures are explored in depth with adventurous harmonies and often syncopated rhythms. The companion CD includes all of the selections presented in the book. Once again, author and company president William Bay shows his skill at writing engaging tunes with a pedagogic thrust. Jazz Tunes can be used as a challenging sight-reading sourcebook for private lessons or self-study leading to enhanced comprehension of the fretboard. While intended for the plectrum guitarist, these melodic pieces with their occasional forays to the mid to upper fretboard, make good reading material for the fingerstyle or classic player as well. 21147BCD   $7.95  

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MBGU Jazz Curriculum: Diminished Workbook Book/CD Set The Diminished Workbook is a comprehensive study and explanation of diminished chords and scales. It is geared toward guitarists but can be used with any concert key instrument. The book employs exercises, etudes and examples to illustrate the many different ways diminished chords can be used and is accompanied by a CD featuring a rhythm section of world-class New York musicians. Author Bruce Saunders is a Professor in the guitar department at world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, is a respected member of the New York city jazz community and has many recording credits to his name, including his release on Mel Bay Records entitled 8 x 5. This is his fourth book for Mel Bay Publications. Standard notation and tablature. 21294BCD   $19.99  

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MBGU Jazz Curriculum: Jazz Moveable Shapes - Concepts for Reharmonizing II-V-I's This book offers an easily learned method that will quickly move the student from intermediate into advanced harmonic territory, adding richness, texture and uniqueness to the improvisational approach. The concept starts with common elements of basic diatonic harmony and “moves” them in ways that gradually increase the harmonic complexity of their application. Students will greatly expand chord vocabulary and add considerable interest and depth to improvisations. This method provides a simple approach to making the use of alterations and extensions a natural part of any player’s harmonic vocabulary. • Simple, familiar forms are applied in unique ways to add richness and texture to the improvisational sound. • Uses a simple methodology to integrate alterations and extensions into the harmonic repertoire. • Rich with ideas to open your ears and add harmonic interest to your playing. • Reinforces knowledge of chord scales, arpeggios and drop 2 and drop 3 chord voicings. • Following the completion of this study, the concepts from this book can be used by anyone to continue to experiment and discover a unique and individual sound. 21420   $14.99  

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Shapes, Patterns & Lines for Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set Jim Ferguson, one of the foremost names in jazz guitar instruction, helps you unleash the improvisational power of fingerboard shapes—utilized by many guitar greats—with this book. Material includes numerous major, minor, and dominant chord-based patterns and superimpositions, along with a host of ideas and concepts to help you assemble them into dynamic solos. Four complete solos on common song forms/progressions are included along with a 28-track CD. Standard notation and TAB. 21527BCD   $19.99  

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio - East Coast Love Affair Impressive recordings and mesmerizing live performances have sealed jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel’s reputation as one of the most innovative players and composers on the current scene. The new Mel Bay publication is a transcription of the highly renowned live recording East Coast Love Affair. This book offers transcriptions of Kurt’s solos from all eight tunes from the album. Each solo is analyzed and the information presented to help the player understand what Kurt is doing in each piece. The book is presented in standard notation and tablature. For the advanced guitar player. 21581   $19.99  

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Modern Guitar Method Jammin' the Blues, #3 Book/CD Set This volume in the Modern Guitar Method Supplement series (formerly known as the Frank Vignola play-along series) contains useful, well-structured solos for 16 chourses of the blues in the most common keys. Funky, bluesy, and bop oriented lines allow you to feel and hear what it is like to play a well-constructed solo. Some of these etudes have been recorded at both a slower practice tempo and at performance tempo. In the performance tempo renditions, the solo segments are often followed by numerous choruses featuring the rhythm section only. This format allows for individual practice of the written solos or elaboration of original ideas with a "live" rhythm section. Occasionally, during the "rhythm only" sections, Frank Vignola will play an improvised solo for four, 12 or 24 measures. These solos provide an opportunity for the student to interact with the recording by copying ideas, building upon what has just been played, or practicing the chords to the piece. 21855BCD   $14.95  

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Graduated Soloing Book/CD Set This method book by renowned jazz artist Mimi Fox utilizes a unique approach to helping guitarists develop strong solos. Scales, arpeggios, patterns, and syncopated rhythms are introduced in a logical clear fashion. All of this is then applied to the "graduated" studies that follow. Starting with simple melodies, and then progressively adding more complex figures based on arpeggios, scales, passing tones, and syncopated rhythms the "graduated" solos will teach students how to develop their own great solos by using the techniques contained herein. "Graduated Soloing" is stuffed full of great ideas/patterns/licks drawn from Mimi's many years of playing with the top musicians in Jazz/Pop music. The book concludes with an explosive solo of Mimi's over a 12 bar blues and includes tab as well as musical notation with a detailed analysis by the author. CD contains all examples and solos. 21877BCD   $19.99  

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The Ultimate Map for Jazz Guitar Written by jazz guitar great Michael Anthony who states, "This book is an attempt to eliminate, or at the minimum decrease the frequency of such "deer in the headlights" sputters and stalls and the threat of getting lost when following a melodic line, a new thought, or a progression of chords. Think of this book then, as a map, a guide to the highways and byways of playing jazz guitar. I intend it not merely to be a fret guide. My goal is to provide you with a compass, a kind of ultimate guide to discovering your way. With this "map" the hope is you'll have not only a complete but a very practical guide to assist you in navigating melodic ideas and chord changes at any point on the fingerboard. The overall objective is to add maximum manual fluency and increase creative inspiration for all guitarists, regardless of level of expertise." 22037   $14.99  

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Jazz Guitar Chords Made Easy A comprehensive 96-page, large print perfect-bound jazz chord dictionary containing essential barre chord and rhythm chord forms. Included are chord froms ranging from major, minor and dominant 7th shapes to extensions such as minor 7b5, augmented 11, 9#5, 13th and more! 22099   $12.99  

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Mordy Ferber - Compositions This book is an attempt to capture the highlights of twenty-eight years of composing. Each of these 32 compositions is an expression, and as such -- an exposure, of a genuine part of myself which I present within the framework of jazz; my beloved art form. When I listen to this music I hear shades of my early classical and rock influences. It also brings to my mind my birth place, a small neighborhood outside of Haifa, Israel. I really hope that you will listen to these pieces come alive on my CDs "All The Way To Sendai". 22154   $19.99  

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Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm for Guitar Book/CD Set Learn 12 great swing standards recorded by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintette of the Hot Club of France. Play along with a great Gypsy Swing Rhythm Section and learn chords, comping, and melodies, then let the band back you up as you practice chords and soloing. You play all the leads while the band backs you up. Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace. Includes standard notation, tablature, chord diagrams, lyrics, playing tips, and more. Each song is presented on the CD at slow and regular speed. First you'll hear the melody played at a slow speed with just guitar backup, then it's repeated at regular speed with the band. Split track mixing on the recording allows the student to hear just the melody (while reading along in the book) or just the rhythm section, or both for maximum flexibility and specific study. Finally the band plays several choruses and you play all the leads. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. Includes special section on how to play rhythm back up chords and get that swing pulse on guitar. Potential for improvement is unlimited. Mandolin version also available. We'll jam all night long! 901BCD   $15.95  

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Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm II For Guitar Book/CD Set Learn 12 MORE great Gypsy Swing/Hot Club standards (see song list below left) in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and The Quintette of the Hot Club of France. Just like with the original set, you'll play along with a great Gypsy Swing Rhythm Section and learn chords, comping, and melodies, then let the band back you up as you practice chords and soloing. You play all the leads while the band backs you up. Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace. You'll learn moveable closed position swing/jazz chords and practice playing them with the swing guitar comp. We've also included information on basic chord substitution along with exercises on transposing melodies and chord progressions to different keys. These are essential skills for any swing/jazz musician. You'll also explore some basic chord melody passages! Book/CD set includes standard notation, tablature, chord diagrams, lyrics, playing tips, and more. Each song is presented on the CD at slow and regular speed. First you’ll hear the melody played on guitar at a slow speed with just guitar backup, then it's repeated at regular speed with the band. The back up band is a classic Hot Club- style rhythm section with two acoustic rhythm guitars, string bass. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. 903BCD   $16.95  

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Rhythm Guitar Chord System Commonly referred to as the "rhythm guitarist's bible," this innovative book is a system of guitar chord formation which maximizes power voicing while minimizing left-hand movement! Originally written by Mel Bay in 1947, this landmark publication was reissued in its original typesetting in 1973 to become the definitive text on jazz chords in private teaching studios and university jazz guitar departments around the globe. Mr. Bay's practical, analytical approach to the fingerboard produced this comprehensive system for learning full-sounding orchestral jazz guitar chords. 93214   $9.99  

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Guitar Melody Chord Playing System This is Mel Bay's "landmark" system for playing guitar solos in chord style using popular sheet music. This method is accessible to the intermediate level student and is applicable for pick or fingerstyle performance. In notation and tablature. 93215   $19.99  

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Jazz Guitar Method One of the easiest and most practical approaches to jazz guitar on the market today, this method thoroughly covers the basics for jazz guitar solo performance, including: theory, scales, chords, phrasing, passing tones, and much more. This highly acclaimed study of jazz rhythm chords and their application contains extensive instruction on jazz chord accompaniment and chord substitution. The "user-friendly" text utilizes a "lesson style format" which makes it perfect for both individual study and as a classroom text. Penned by professional jazz guitarist Ronny Lee, this text is highly recommended to anyone who desires a thorough, well-graded course of study for jazz guitar. Written in standard notation with chord symbols and diagrams. 93240   $22.99  

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Lenny Breau Fingerstyle Jazz Book/CD Set The late Lenny Breau was admired throughout the world for his complex fingerstyle jazz stylings.  The first part of this text/CD contains Lenny's guitar workshop dealing with Building the Blues; Three Against Two, and Harmonics at Work.  Section 2 presents three great Lenny Breau solos (5 O'Clock Bells; Little Blues, and Freight Train).  Written in notation and tablature.  Contains Lenny's "master class" on fingerstyle jazz guitar.  ***** 3 songs from book are not on CD. 93972BCD   $24.99  

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Joe Pass Guitar Style This is the internationally acclaimed Joe Pass guitar method in which Joe displays his mastery of the jazz guitar. Part One/Harmony, is divided into five sections on chord construction, embellishment, substitution, connection, and symmetric chords. Part Two/Melody, is divided into twelve sections, including chord scales, altered scales, ear training, whole tone scales, chord resolutions, improvising, blues, minor blues, modern blues, rhythm changes, 3/4 blues, and includes a transcribed solo recorded by Joe on his album "For Django". 94106   $19.99  

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Joe Pass Guitar Chords One of the finest books available on jazz guitar chords. Joe covers all the bases with two sections on chord forms and chord passages. Chords are divided into six categories: Major, Seventh, Augmented, Minor, Diminished, and Minor Seventh Flat Fifth, each showing substitutions and inversions that Joe would play when confronted with "basic" chord symbols. The chord passage section is divided into nine categories, including such topics as Major Sounds, Diminished Sounds, Augmented Sounds, Standard Patter Chord Substitutions, and other chord progression - related topics. 94108   $9.99  

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Complete Book Of Guitar Technique This book represents an all-out assault on jazz guitar technique written by legendary jazz guitarist Sal Salvador. Virtually every aspect of plectrum-style technique is addressed in detail through explanatory text and clearly focused exercises. This book also features a comprehensive presentation of short and long form scales and arpeggios, string skipping, and tremolo exercises, slur studies, cross-picking technique, and scale and interval reading exercises in all keys. Bach transcriptions for plectrum-style guitar provide an unexpected bonus. In standard notation only. 94845   $22.99  

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Complete Book of Jazz Single String Studies This is an excellent technique study text. It is divided into two sections. The first, "The Art of Single String Soloing," presents concepts and ideas for improvisation. Chord relationships are explored in each key, phrasing and progressions are discussed and a wealth of single string studies are given. Part two, "Jazz Single String Studies," presents a thorough grounding in jazz scales and related technique studies. Written in notation with appropriate chord symbols. The aspiring jazz guitarist will gain a wealth of picking technique and linear improvisational ideas by working through and mastering this text. 95306   $22.99  

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Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set A very well-written book teaching the popular fingerstyle bass/chord "walking" jazz guitar technique. This book is made to order for the novice fingerstyle jazz guitarist who wants to tie chord progressions together with great sounding bass lines. Through short exercises and original compositions, Paul Musso establishes theoretical ground rules for a systematic approach to playing creative bass lines. Technical and harmonic concepts are gradually introduced with the goal that students are able to lay down authoritative bass lines of their own invention. In notation and tablature. 95376BCD   $19.99  

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Complete Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set This book is complete in the sense that there is something for everyone: beginners, intermediate players and professionals. Along with learning the basics, this book teaches fingerstyle guitar players to play two-string harmonies, accompaniment styles and much more. Alan De Mause has filled the companion CD to capacity with 90 examples of music from his landmark text. The recording features nylon-string guitar throughout in both solo and midi-accompanied settings. A full range of jazz guitar stylings is offered, starting from square one and proceeding through advanced fingerstyle solo material. 95434BCD   $29.99  

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Complete Book of Jazz Guitar Lines & Phrases Book/CD Set An important addition to the improvising jazz guitarist's library, this thoughtful blend of text and musical examples focuses on the vocabulary of modern jazz and some of the applications of modern harmony. With examples written in standard notation and tablature, Jacobs offers instruction on bebop style phrases, playing fourths, inside-outside playing, pentatonic, whole-tone and symmetrical scales, slash chords, polychords, hip lines, fingerings and much more. The companion CD presents the material in the text played with chord accompaniment. 95737BCD   $29.99  

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Jazz Guitar Structures Book/CD Set For guitarists, the technical learning curve for improvisation is fairly steep. For this reason, it is important to find multiple uses for the musical structures that you learn to execute. This approach decreases the learning curve considerably. Jazz Guitar Structures shows you how to expand your improvising vocabulary by combining small, easily identifiable melodic ideas (structures) into longer, more complex lines. In standard notation with companion CD. 970057601   $24.99  

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Jazz Guitar Comping Book/CD Set For most of the recorded history of jazz, piano players have been the main, and usually the only, comping instrument. This text will help guitar players get a handle on the most important job they have when playing in a small group: comping. This can be used as a progressive study of comping or simply a source of ideas. Although rhythms and voice leading are found throughout the book, they are isolated for study in particular sections. Companion CD is included covering voice leading, multi-use voicings, voicing variations, passing chords, harmonized scales, intervallic comping, rhythm and studies (blues, standard, modern and modal). 970057644   $24.99  

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Jazz Band Rhythm Guitar Information needed to function within a jazz band. It is important to understand that while jazz is played on the same instruments as other types of music, it has its own language. This book deals with specific jazz idioms: swing, shuffle, bebop and Latin. A basic working knowledge of the guitar through rock, blues, or folk music, (including barre chords), will produce gratifying results. Knowledge of the note locations on all strings, (especially the E and A strings) and a working understanding of the relationship of all the notes on the various strings will make the information in this book immediately accessible. The book also provides information on how to interpret a jazz chart. The clarity and insight of this method, makes it a must have for any big band performer. 97022   $14.99  

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Jazz Bach Guitar Edition A varied collection of masterpieces respectfully arranged for solo jazz guitar. From the readily playable to the fiendishly virtuosic, there are challenges for all ability levels including syncopation, jazz chords and 'Lenny Breau style' cascading harmonics. • Selection of universally acknowledged masterpieces • Modern yet historically respectful arrangements • Challenges all ability levels • Arrangements feature syncopation, jazz chords and 'Lenny Breau style' arpeggios in harmonics • Playable both finger style and/or pick and finger combinations • Essential material for both study and performance • Enjoyable and rewarding pieces to play 98194   $17.99  

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All Blues Scale for Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set The only book to exclusively focus on the blues scales as it applies to jazz guitar. This book features a wealth of information, including many scale patterns, six complete solos, and diverse accompanying grooves that use a wide array of chords, tempos, and rhythmic feels. 98452BCD   $19.95  

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Jazz Guitar Chord Workout This book has been designed to give beginning jazz guitar students a jazz chord “workout.” Most of the exercises in this book have been developed around chord progressions found in most jazz standards. Some of the exercises will be short and others long, but each exercise should be played fluidly and by doing so, proper technique will be acquired. 99002   $9.99  

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Complete Joe Pass Music critics and performers alike have hailed Joe Pass as one of the finest jazz musicians to have ever lived. This book effectively combines five previously published books by Joe Pass in a single comprehensive volume including his insights on harmony, melody, and phrasing as well as transcriptions of recorded solos and Joe Pass/Herb Ellis duets. The transcribed solos are: Bay City Blues, Foxy Chick and a Cool Cat, Time In, Blues in G, Dante’s Inferno, and Grete. The duet selections are: Bonnie, Jazz Waltz, Some of These Days, G Blues, Hot Stuff, and Ballad. All selections appear in standard notation only with chord symbols written over the staves. The solo and duet selections are intermediate to advanced in difficulty. 99311   $29.99  

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Jazz Solos, Volume 2 Book/CD Set These jazz solos are play-along jazz standard chord progressions for guitar with Frank Vignola's solos written out. Each track has plenty of time for the student to jam along and work out ideas for commonly used jazz standard chord progressions. 99323BCD   $17.95  

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Jazz for Classic Guitar Made Easy Book/CD Set This original music for solo and duo guitar features beautiful melodies and convenient fingering and is very easy to perform. The author's comments explain how to move from classical style to jazz. The pieces, divided into two chapters, Etudes and Pieces, are written in different jazz styles: Swing, Bossa Nova, and Blues. Their melodies are perfect and their harmonies refined. Seven duets are included which may be played either by two guitars or by guitar and a melody instrument. They have fine melodies and are easy to perform. The first part can be played by the beginner. These duets can be used in teaching situations with teacher and student playing together. Written in notation only. 99405BCD   $14.95  

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All Intros and Endings for Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set The fifth book from Jim Ferguson, All Intros & Endings features dozens of hip intros and endings that you can use not only for gigs, but also as a staring point for developing your own ideas. There are chord progressions, voice-led ending chords, vamps (bebop, swing, Latin, and ballads), extended ideas, classic intros, and many concepts which are designed to provide the player with the material to fuel his or her own creativity. It includes sections on the major #11 and minor-major 7th chords, and symmetrical devices. Notation and tablature with a 44-track CD. 99532BCD   $19.99  

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Gig Savers: Intro to Jazz Lines Many of the essential concepts of jazz soloing are presented here in an easy to understand fashion. Chapters on Digital Patterns, Guide Tones, and Targeting will get just about any guitarist soloing with the jazz language. All examples are presented with fretboard diagrams, standard notation, and tab. 99534   $3.99  

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Gig Savers: Killer Chords for Serious Players Killer Chords presents the basics of chord construction in an easy to understand manner. Many chord voicing techniques for guitar are presented in a concise, but thorough manner. Triads, seventh chords, chords with tensions and embellishments, and their inversions are taught using closed positions, Drop-2, Drop-3, Drop-2 and -4 and quartal harmony voicings. This relatively small book contains a wealth of chord knowledge with explanations that are easy to understand. Presented in standard notation and tab. 99535   $2.99  

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Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos, Volume 2 Book/CD Set Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos Volume Two presents 11 challenging tunes, improvised solos and solo guitar arrangements designed to enhance the repertoire of the intermediate to advanced jazz guitarist. Some of the world's finest jazz guitarists are represented, including Chris Buzzelli, Corey Christiansen, Mark Elf, Jim Farquar, Dave Frackenpohl, Barry Greene, Randy Johnston, Bill Purse, Dave Stryker, Frank Vignola, and Craig Wagner. All of the pieces are in both standard notation and tablature with a biographical sketch of each performer. A companion stereo CD is included, making this an ideal sourcebook for serious students and professionals alike. 99554BCD   $22.95  

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All Solos and Grooves for Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set Do you want to develop greater fingerboard familiarity and improvisational fluency, and learn a lot of licks at the same time? Then, regardless of your level, this book is for you. The goal of this book is to demonstrate how fingerings can be applied in a realistic jazz setting, and to help players get a better handle on negotiating the guitar's fingerboard and improvisation in general, while learning a hip solo over a cool background. This book has a number of dynamic features, including... - A methodical, position by position look at improvisation. - A focus on phrasing. - Cool, repetitious grooves that give the player a chance to develop skills without the added complication of having to change to a new scale or key center. - Swinging solos that cover the range of a given fingering or position. - Formulas for the major modes and a variety of other scales. Each solo contains a number of hip phrases, licks, and patterns that take advantage of the related scale position and fingering. In addition to developing fingerboard familiarity and improvisational skills, the solos also provide good sight-reading material. 99654BCD   $19.95  

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Frank Vignola - Building Guitar Finger Strength & 26 Different II-5-I Progressions In the Building Finger Strength section of this book, we will cover 12 different finger-strengthening exercises. Practice these exercises slowly and accurately before trying to build speed. On the optional practice-along recording you will find three different tempos for each individual exercise. This is to help you build up your speed and your finger strength one step at a time. Obviously beginners should start with the slow tempo. I also believe that the more advanced students should start with the slow tempo to build accuracy. I found when recording these exercises for the practice-along recording that the slowest tempo was the hardest to execute with no mistakes. Diligent practice will build flexibility and strength! In the latter section of this book (26 ii-V-I Progressions), we will be looking at 26 different ways to play the ii – V – I chord progression. We will be working in the key of C. The ii chord is Dm7, the V chord is G7 and the I chord is C. It is recommended that you transpose these into other keys. These studies can be used for ear training and to facilitate improvisation on standard chord progressions. 99659   $14.99  

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Play-Along Jazz Standard Chord Progressions Book/CD Set In this book and CD master jazz guitarist Frank Vignola has taken eight different jazz standard chord progressions and recorded rhythm guitar parts so you can play along and learn these most commonly used chord progressions. He has also written out a jazz solo for each of the eight tunes. These are recorded at slow and faster tempos for practice. The first chorus of every track has both the solo and the rhythm guitar, and the rest of the choruses have just the rhythm guitar for you to jam along with. The notation for each tune includes a jazz solo written out in notation and tablature and also a chord chart. 99660BCD   $17.99  

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Complete Arpeggio Study Method Knowing your arpeggios is essential to becoming a complete guitarist. In this book you will find written out all of the arpeggios that you will need to learn and commit to memory. This book includes Major 7, Major 6, minor 7, minor 6, dominant 7, augmented, and diminished arpeggio studies for guitar at the beginner/intermediate level. It is left to the student to explore all of the different fingerings that are possible. 99767   $19.99  

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Comping the Blues Twelve rhythmic comping studies with chord grids, notation and tablature. The Frank Vignola Comping the Blues book shows guitar accompaniment in a short, precise manner. The comping etudes use a "stabbing" chord style, only throwing in chord voicings at the important places, not ringing throughout the entire piece. Frank shows us that less is definitely more. To get the full idea of Frank's exercises in this book, listen to the CDs from his Jamming the Blues series. Frank uses these exact ideas in those recordings. 99768   $7.95  

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120 2-Bar ii-V Riffs In this book you will find 120 2-bar ii-V riffs--ten different riffs for each of the 12 keys. Learning these riffs in all possible positions and using as many different fingerings as possible will help students learn the fingerboard and find the best fingerings and positions for them. 99770   $9.95  

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Getting Into Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set This book provides the aspiring jazz guitarist a comprehensive knowledge of the compositional and performance techniques of jazz through an understanding of key-center music, improvisation, and visual-tactile relationship with the guitar. Writing in a casual, conversational style, Jackie takes you through examples, etudes, and exercises combining the use of chromaticism, arpeggios, scales, and modes. You will explore effective, new concepts that will surprise and inspire you. The companion play-along CD includes a "live" rhythm section. Written in standard notation and tablature. 99818BCD   $19.99  

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Jazz Guitar Ensembles, Level 2 These beginning to advanced jazz guitar ensembles are written for four and five guitars by some of the best guitar ensemble arrangers in the business. Arrangers include, Barry Greene, Dave Frackenpohl, Steve Schenkel, Andrian Ingram, and Chris Buzzelli. Not only are these fine performance pieces for ensembles, they are good material for sight-reading. These graded volumes follow Mel Bay’s guitar grading system. Each chart in all three levels offers students the opportunity to improvise with rhythm guitar and, in some cases, background figures. Level II increases in difficulty in each category and explores upper regions of the fretboard; perfect material for high school level or beginning college ensembles. Each volume contains five pieces for the price of what one ensemble piece usually costs. 99876   $24.99  

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Jazz Guitar Ensembles, Level 3 These beginning to advanced jazz guitar ensembles are written for four and five guitars by some of the best guitar ensemble arrangers in the business. Arrangers include, Barry Greene, Dave Frackenpohl, Steve Schenkel, Andrian Ingram, and Chris Buzzelli. Not only are these fine performance pieces for ensembles, they are good material for sight-reading. These graded volumes follow Mel Bay’s guitar grading system. Each chart in all three levels offers students the opportunity to improvise with rhythm guitar and, in some cases, background figures. Level III contains arrangements that will challenge many college guitar ensembles. Reading in all positions and advanced technique is required for each of these pieces. Each volume contains five pieces for the price of what one ensemble piece usually costs. 99877   $19.95  

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Jimmy Wyble's Solo Collection Book/CD Set This collection presents the genius of Jimmy Wyble's solo guitar compositions. Presented in standard notation and tab, each written piece with an accompanying CD track represents the guitar mastery of Jimmy Wyble. Lyrically written, eloquently harmonized and thoughtfully played, these pieces are sure to add depth and originality to any solo guitarist’s repertoire. 99903BCD   $17.95  

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Essential Jazz Lines in the Style of Wes Montgomery Book/CD Set Wes Montgomery took jazz guitar to a new level when he came to the public's attention in the late 1950's. Known for his fluid lines and his big jazz guitar sound, Wes influenced thousands of guitarists in the styles of jazz, blues, and rock. This book will present some of the soloing techniques that Wes used as well has present many melodic ideas (lines) similar to the way he played over the chord progression in many jazz standards. Because the major and minor ii-V-I progression are the most widely used chord progression in jazz standards, the lines in this text will work over these progressions. The accompanying CD contains many play-along tracks (vamps of one chord and vamps around the circle of fourths) that the student should use to practice the material in one key and then master it in all twelve keys. By learning the techniques used by Wes Montgomery, guitarists will add to their own improvising arsenal. As improvising musicians add to their collection of musical ideas, their ability to express themselves completely increases. Have fun studying these ideas and applying them in improvised solos. Also available in Japanese from ATN, Inc. 99905BCD   $19.99  

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Modern Jazz Guitar Styles Book/CD Set A unique book and CD package including extensive chapters on soloing, chords, rhythm and effects. With in-depth exercises on modern scale applications and intervallic choices, developing individual chord voicings, incorporating rock and funk concepts, exploring elements from world music such as odd meters and polyrhythms, and ideas for developing your own sonic textures and approach to tonal manipulation. Each section features an essay illustrating the musical history and specific innovations of modern jazz guitar masters, with insightful commentary accompanying each concept and example. The last section thoroughly analyzes studio performances of two original compositions incorporating all the above materials. Modern Jazz Guitar Styles provides the serious student or professional seeking to broaden his palette with a comprehensive overview of the current state of jazz guitar. • Extensive chapters on soloing, chords, rhythm and effects • In-depth exercises on modern scale applications and intervallic choices • Ideas for developing your own sonic textures and approach to tonal manipulation • Covers developing individual chord voicings, incorporating rock and funk concepts and exploring elements from world music • Provides serious student/professional a comprehensive overview of current state of jazz guitar • Companion CD included Check out the Free PDF Download that contains a third of the book! 99917BCD   $22.95  

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Bucky Pizzarelli Master Jazz Guitar Book/2-CD Set John “Bucky” Pizzarelli is one of the best known 7-string players alive. For more than half a century, “Bucky,” as he is affectionately known, has been a part of the fraternity of musicians who have kept mainstream and traditional jazz alive. Bucky is well known for his work in groups as well as his solo outings. This significant collection offers a look at Bucky’s famous brand of chordal guitar solos and chord melodies. Its 31 tunes include “Darn That Dream,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “One Morning In May,” and other great standards, some arranged for 6-string guitar but most for 7-string. A “must have” for any jazz library. Standard notation and tablature. 99930BCD   $35.00  

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Jazz Guitar Standards This comprehensive anthology offers a lead sheet, chord solo arrangement, comping etude, and single-note solo for each of 22 jazz standards. These arrangements and etudes by some of the best arrangers and educators in the business provide jazz guitar students with material for development in every aspect of jazz musicianship. Tunes include: Satin Doll, Just Friends, Moonlight in Vermont, and more. Written in standard notation and tablature. BOK422   $29.99  

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Fingerstyle Jazz This book is packed with great fingerstyle arrangements of jazz standards. Each tune is presented in standard notation and tab for easy reading. These playable solos work great for fingerstyle players wanting to broaden their repertoire with familiar tunes. Perfect for gigs or fun. WMB002   $16.99  

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Jazz Goes Classic Seventeen jazz standards arranged for classic guitar with contributions from John Carlini, Thomas Heck, Kirk Hanser, and Stephen Rekas. Written in standard notation with fingerings, these fine intermediate tunes serve as the perfect practice material for classic guitarists who want to add jazz music to their repertoire. Songs include: How High the Moon, Days of Wine and Roses, All the Things You Are, and more. WMB004   $12.99  

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Jazz Guitar Standards II This second volume of Jazz Guitar Standards contains a collection of 22 Jazz standards each containing a chord melody, a comping etude and a single-note solo. All arrangements are presented in standard notation and tablature for the beginning to intermediate guitarist. Tunes include: “All of You”, “April in Paris”, “As Time Goes By”, “Bluesette”, “But Not For Me”, “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, “East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)”, “Embraceable You”, “In Your Own Sweet Way”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Long Ago (and Far Away)”, “Misty”, “My Funny Valentine”, “Night and Day”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Speak Low”, “Summertime”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “What Is This Thing Called Love?” and “You Go To My Head”. Arrangements by Chris Buzzelli, Dave Frackenpohl, Barry Greene, Sid Jacobs, LaRue Nickelson, John C. Purse, Bruce Saunders, Rick Stone, Ron Berman and Jack Wilkins. WMB009   $29.99  

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Brazilian Jazz Guitar Book/CD Set Number ten in the Mel Bay/Warner collaboration contains a collection of beginning to intermediate arrangements for Brazilian Guitar. All tunes included in standard notation and tablature are: “One Note Samba”, “Meditation”, “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”, “Chega de Saudade”, “How Insensitive”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, “A Day in the Life of a Fool”, “The Island”, “So Nice”, “Desafinado”, “A Felicidade”, “Sabia” and “Gentle Rain”. Tunes arranged by John Zaradin and Mike Christiansen. All tunes included on companion CD in solo and rhythm styles. WMB010BCD   $22.99  

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Jazz Guitar Standards Book/CD Set This collection of jazz standard chord solos for guitar is compiled from Mel Bay and Warner Bros. collaborations Jazz Guitar Standards Vol. 1 and 2. What makes this work so special is that each artist has personally recorded their solo guitar arrangement. The book comes with the CDs which have all 44 tunes. This book is a wonderful anthology of solo guitar that can be used for performances as well as educational purposes. WMB011BCD   $26.99  

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