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Hal Leonard Jazz Guitar Soloing Concepts - A Pentatonic Modal Approach to Improvisation (Book/CD)
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This hefty book/CD pack sheds new light on the old five-note scales that all guitarists know and love. The system is theoretically sound, easy to imp...Click To Read More About This Product
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Learn an entirely new way to improvise over jazz changes.
This hefty book/CD pack sheds new light on the old five-note scales that all guitarists know and love. The system is theoretically sound, easy to implement, and best of all, it's designed specifically for guitar. It will work with any chord progression-from simple to complex and, unlike other systems, there are no notes to avoid.
- Author: Ronald Lemos
- Series: Guitar Educational
- Softcover book with guitar tablature plus CD
- ISBN: 1423420136
- 9"W x 12"L
- 254 pages
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Comments about Hal Leonard Jazz Guitar Soloing Concepts - A Pentatonic Modal Approach to Improvisation (Book/CD):
This book does a excellent job of de-coding the theoretical basis of playing over complex jazz changes. The basic idea of this book is using pentatonic versions of your usual scales and modes as well as jazz specific scales like harmonic/melodic minor modes, altered scales (stuff like Flat-9, Sharp-5 scales) all using pentatonics.
It also does a great job with explaining "why" certain scales work they way they do. It goes into a lot more depth than most "how to solo" books do. Most texts in this vein I've seen basically will say "this scale works over this chord" and that's basically it. However that gives the impression you need a new scale for every chord, which is incorrect & not practical.
Here the author gives you a lot more ideas contextually, i.e. "this scale works over these changes because X, Y, Z". Another thing I really like about this book is not only does it give you the scales, it gives you ideas on how to utilize them in a real song, i.e when to change scales based on the progression.
However this is not a book for beginners or anyone new to music theory. You'll need to understand basic concepts like the 7 major scale modes and basic progressions like the 2-5-1, 3-6-2-5, etc. The book does a good job of giving you some the basics but it assumes you already know basic theory.
The biggest hurdle with this book is theory, it goes into a lot of jazz theory regarding standard chord progressions and how these progressions dictate what scale will work in what situation. It also demonstrates the complex relationships between modes and how some of them are interchangeable in certain contexts.
Overall this is one of the best jazz books for guitar I've ever read. The way the scales are presented early in the book really sets up a solid foundation for the much more complex discussion in the later chapters. Excellent buy.
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