Joseph Alexander – Jazz Blues Soloing for Guitar

Oct 14 2016

Joseph Alexander – Jazz Blues Soloing for Guitar

Jazz Blues Soloing for Guitar: The Comprehensive Study Guide (Fundamental Changes in Jazz Guitar) by Joseph Alexander. Never have 12 bars of music been treated to such a detailed, logical study.
Whether you already play jazz, or are trying to expand your melodic horizons from the traditional blues, Jazz Blues Soloing For Guitar is a step by step method which breaks down the 12 bar jazz blues into its most essential elements.
Each chord is taken in turn, and every important soloing approach is discussed. From arpeggio based ideas, to chromatic approach notes, passing notes, bebop scales and altered scales. Every concept is instantly made musical with plenty of lines and practice ideas based on the real world application of each idea.
The emphasis is on creating smooth, flowing blues lines that are constructed from each concept taught in the book. Plenty of examples are given for every playing situation; however the book focuses on teaching the reader to build their own lines from fundamental principles of jazz theory.
Jazz Blues Soloing For Guitar builds your soloing logically, chapter by chapter, and quickly develops a rock solid foundation from which advanced concepts are easily constructed and applied.
Jazz Blues Soloing for Guitar contains the following detailed chapters:

Chapter One – The Jazz Blues Structure
Chapter Two – Chord Voicings for the Jazz Blue
Chapter Three – Soloing on the First Seven Bars
Chapter Four – Smooth Transitions between Arpeggios
Chapter Five – Targeting Specific Intervals
Chapter Six – Using the Mixolydian Bebop Scale
Chapter Seven – Chromatic Passing Notes
Chapter Eight – Chromatic Approach Note Patterns
Chapter Nine – Adding the bV Diminished 7 Chord
Chapter Ten – 3rd to 9th Extended Arpeggios
Chapter Eleven – Soloing on Bars Eight to Twelve
Chapter Twelve – Using the Phrygian Dominant Bebop Scale
Chapter Thirteen – Moving from G7 to Cm7
Chapter Fourteen – Using the Dorian Bebop Scale
Chapter Fifteen – Soloing on F7
Chapter Sixteen – The F Mixolydian Bebop Scale
Chapter Seventeen – The F Altered Scale
Chapter Eighteen – Practicing Quick Changes
Chapter Nineteen – Pentatonic Scales
Chapter Twenty – Jazz Blues Solo Example
Conclusions, Practice Tips and Further Study

With over 100 pages on just 12 bars of music, this is the most detailed and practical guide to the jazz blues available.
There is no such thing as “the best” when it comes to teaching guitar or anything else for that matter. There are lots of different ways to teach and learn – what’s important is finding what fits for you. Mr. Alexander takes the learner step by step from the “bottom up.” His approach has been the most effective for my own growth and development on guitar. He gives progressive “assignments” that combine intellectual/theoretical understanding, semi-rote (but not boring) exercises that build directly toward the goal of the book, whether it is his ii V I, blues, etc. tomes. I find there is no time or effort wasted toward the target goal of each book.
If you’re looking at instruction books on jazz blues, I’d suggest starting with Alexander. After that, other books like All Blues for Jazz Guitar, the Herb Ellis books, and even John Ganapes Jazzin’ the Blues will be much more fruitful and valuable. The same goes for the videos by Herb Ellis and Emily Remler.

Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3). 106 pages

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