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Thread: Sugestion for a good Jazz (chord/melody)style book

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    Sugestion for a good Jazz (chord/melody)style book

    I want to get a good book on this style of playing. I have been doing the fingerpicking for a long time, but never did much of this style of playing. I want to get into it a little more (got inspired by Martin Taylor) and am looking for a good book.

    If you know of any titles, let me know.

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    Very cool stuff Oceano! Mel Bay publishes a Martin Taylor guitar method which aims at progressively helping you to develop chord-melody arrangements of standards.

    My personal favs (well I only have one of his books) are the books by Paul Musso. He is a jazz guitar teacher at a university in Denver. You can read about his books at his site. I recommend Graded Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos although it actually might be a bit easy for a guitar player of your skill level. Listen to the song clips and see what ya think.

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    Thanks Dan, I will check out your sugestions. There are so many books out there, that it can get overwhelming and hard to know where to start.

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    Originally posted by DanF
    [B]Mel Bay publishes a Martin Taylor guitar method which aims at progressively helping you to develop chord-melody arrangements of standards.
    Hey, is this the book you're talking about?

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

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    Chord Chemistry by Ted Greene is a good one.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

    It is an amazing book, IMO. I wish I knew even 1/10 of what is in there! Read some of the Amazon reviews for more info. This is one of the best guitar books ever, IMO. Not just a "2 bazillion chord" book, that's for sure!

    If you order it from Amazon, make sure you get there through the link on iBreathe's main page so they get some kickbacks...
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    Thanks guys

    I got one of Paul Musso's books over the weekend. I will probably also get Martin Taylor's book as I like his playing a lot. The Ted Greene book is a book I have been hearing about for years from a lot of great players, so I might give it a try.

    I went to Peter Simms site and printed some arrangements he had of songs that I am familiar with. I am having a great time going through his arrangements and am already adding my own little things to them. Thanks Peter.

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    You can't go wrong with the Ted Greene book... I think every guitarist should own it!
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    Barry Galbraith has a chord solo book, as well as a chord comping book, both which I highly reccommend.

    In fact, all of Barry Galbraiths Aebersold books are great. I've been working out of them for a 2 years now, and my playing has greatly improved.

    I'm not sure who publishes the chord solo book, but definitly try to pick it up.

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