Jazz Guitar Elements is a modern jazz guitar method which focusses on chords, scale, arpeggios and improvisation. The eBook is a no gimmicks approach to learning the essential information you need to advance as a jazz guitarist. The book contains a wealth of information along with clear illustrations, exercises and audio examples. Jazz Guitar Elements as a part of your regular practice routine will help bring lasting results.
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"This is a great book for any guitar player wanting to expand his or her Jazz vocabulary. Being chords, scales, or arpeggios… the book is very clearly written, with great music examples and exercises."
This book is intended to help the student jazz guitarist acquire the tools and skills necessary to become an accomplished jazz musician. "Jazz Guitar Elements" focuses on the essential information about chords, scales, arpeggios and improvisation that you need to know. It is not only about learning the guitar fingerboard, but understanding it in a way which is meaningful for jazz guitarists. The goal of this book is to foster a deeper understanding of the harmonic rules associated with jazz comping and improvisation in conjunction with a thorough understanding of the guitar fingerboard.
Jazz Guitar Elements is an excellent resource for any guitarist who already has a basic knowlege of the guitar. It is intended for the intermediate level jazz guitarist who wants to take it to the next level. Used along with a Fake Book, a healthy collection of jazz recordings and some good old fashioned hard work, this book can take you a long way.
The new iBook contains 161 pages and the PDF version contains 218. Both are filled with concise explanations, diagrams and examples. Topics are presented with clear reference to their use in jazz comping and improvisation. Chapter 4 includes modal jazz and Bebop compositions, each with melody and solo. All are original compositions written exclusively for this book and include music notation, tabs and audio.
Audio examples and answers are embedded right into the iBook version. Simply tap the play button to hear the audio example or tap an icon to reveal an answer or more information. For the PDF version of "Jazz Guitar Elements," audio examples are available in mp3 format. Icons are provided in the PDF book indicating the corresponding track number for each example. Answers for the PDF version can be found at the end of the book.
Chord types and inversions
Drop 2 voicings
Chord melody and melodic direction
Vertical and horizontal scales
Major and minor scales (harmonic and melodic)
One octave scale practice
Arpeggios (all forms)
Arpeggios with added note
Building Jazz (BeBop) lines
Modal Solos for analysis
Bebop Solos for analysis
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Here's a quick look at chapter one. In this video we can see how we navigate through "Jazz Guitar Elements." We also see the book's layout, pop-up windows, audio players and overall interactivity. Moving around in Jazz Guitar Elements is very easy thanks to the thumbnails. The bullets at the bottom allow you to switch chapters quickly and easily.
If you'd like to get a feel for the book before you buy, download one of the free samples. The samples each contain pages from all four chapters. Read through some of the lessons, try some of the exercises and listen to the recorded examples. There is enough material in the sample book to get you started.
There are 3 samples to choose from. The iBooks sample is for iPad, iPhone and Mac only. The link will take you to iBooks. The PDF sample is the sample book only and will download automatically. The PDF + Audio sample is a zip file and will also download automatically. You will get the sample book and 7 audio examples in mp3 format. If you are on an Android tablet, you will need to use a 3rd party App to open the zip file.
Michael Berard was a part-time music professor for over 25 years at Concordia University in Montreal Canada. There he taught jazz guitar, jazz arranging, jazz composition as well as other jazz related courses. He has worked as a jazz musician in Montreal playing jazz clubs, concerts and studio sessions. Michael has played on numerous recordings including 3 of his own: "It's Autumn," "Little Voices" and "Good News."
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