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Jazz books

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:57 pm
by guitarbonham
So i play in my schools jazz band a lot. i know my music theory and all my scales and modes and all that fun stuff but i never really took the time to make my playing really jazzy. im not quite the rock guitarist in a jazz band but im kinda like midway between jazz and rock guitar i feel.... but then again i really dont' know.

What im looking for is a book that has backing tracks and explains how to play solos over them. something that talks about how to comp over the chord changes and gives examples but also gives you room to like explore your own comping. and like backing tracks that i can jam to to practice soloing. if you have ever played out of try stetinas heavy metal lead guitar books i guess im looking for something like that for jazz guitar. for me since im trying to learn how to read music i would like it preferably with music in standard notation vs tab but that doesn't really matter. my technique could probably handle just about anything a book like that could throw at me and i can solo and comp a bit so something above beginner would be good too...

lol i typed a lot... anyone have any recommendations for a good jazz guitar book like this?


Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:18 pm
by jdnmusic
i cant think of one that fits that description... but check out the jazz fake book for c instruments. it has a TON of jazz standards.

also to make your playing more jazzy use arpeggios more than the actual scale and learn how to solo over a ii-V7-I chord progression because its extremely popular in jazz. and theres a lot of other stuff in another thread about jazz playing in this area.

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:04 pm
by guitarbonham
well the thing is i have tons of jazz music, but i don't have a like backing track for it... i know more or less how to solo and how to use the arpeggios, but i don't have any way to practice playing along with other than really basic chord progressions. if the jazz standards books came with cds than i probably would go that way.

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 7:38 pm
by euterpe
use the jamey aebersold books
they are amazing

you can buy them at almost any music store, and they all come with backing tracks of a real band, usually drums, bass and piano ... ode=AEBALL

i would recommend volume one and volume three but i am sure that these books are exactly what you are looking for

they are great for practice and the best thing is that the series has 120+ Books

My teacher has a bachelors degree in jazz and he still uses them to practice.!!!!!!!!

Posted: Sat May 10, 2008 7:17 am
by guitarbonham
That series looks like exactly what i was looking for! I'm gonna go see if i can find them sometime in the next few days... thank you very much!

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 7:11 am
by smj