Jazz Skills - Filling the Gaps for the Serious Guitarist

Jody Fisher

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In this book and CD, Jody Fisher, author of the best-selling Complete Jazz Guitar Method, helps guitarists with their most common problems. Jazz Skills clarifies everything from understanding altered chords to spelling out changes in solos and developing a better technique. A great supplement for any serious guitarist's studies, this easy-to-use book will fill the gaps for even the most experienced player.

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Intrduction

This book is based on two one-week seminars I conduct for the National Guitar Workshop called "Jazz Skills:' "Jazz Skills 1" is primarily for the rock and blues guitarist who is interested in learning some jazz basics. "Jazz Skills 2" is geared toward the jazz player looking for some more advanced concepts and techniques. Both seminars are designed to help the player gain perspective on theory and the skills required to develop an individual voice as a jazz guitarist.

Every student is unique and every class moves in its own direction, but there are always four areas of study everybody wants to learn more about. They are:

  • Chords and Harmony
  • Improvisation
  • Technique
  • Reading
    During a week-Iong seminar, many other topics like practicing, repertoire, ear training, attitude and career paths are also discussed. In this book, we will talk about the "big four" listed above.

    The ideas discussed in this book are based on the most frequently asked questions in these seminars. The "answers" are presented as an overview and are intended to inspire you to further investigation on your own. My other books delve into all of these concepts in more detail.

    The "Chords and Harmony" section should give you a good perspective on jazz harmony for guitar and tie together whatever "loose ends" you may have in your understanding. Chord/melody ideas are also discussed, along with walking bass lines.

    The emphasis in the "Improvisation" section is on various tools the improviser needs including scales, arpeggios, licks, melodic patterns and ways to come up with unique musical ideas over diatonic and altered chord changes.

    In the "Better Technique" section, you will find various exercises that will help in all areas of guitar playing and possibly correct a few bad habits along the way. These exercises come from the "workout" period we have each day of the seminar.

    While this is not really a "reading method;' the "Reading" section is full of exercises and tips to help promote better skills and attitudes about this important area of guitar playing.

    Jody Fisher