Andrew York - Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats: Chord / Melody
Andrew York Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats Chord Melody PDF. World-famous guitarist and composer Andrew York has created the "Classical Cats" series to be the classical guitarist's ultimate guide to jazz. This book includes introductory lessons on chord voicings, voice leading, and arranging for solo guitar. Original compositions by Andrew York are featured. The CD includes exercises and examples performed by the author.
This book is well worth the price for a glimpse at his chord voicings which are in chord grid form with standard notation below. If you are not already knowledgeable of jazz, this book is not going to transform you from an interpreter of Classical music into a great Jazz improviser. It will however, give you a good start along that path. York's compositions and arranging concepts are great, but he is not a Jazzer, his playing and tunes are not exactly Jazz or Classical for that matter... perhaps New Age? Definitely modern and highly melodic. This book gives you a glimpse into his head. His concepts for harmonizing scales here are very enjoyable and personally reflective of his actual playing and composing. He uses All the Things You are and Autumn Leaves as the basis for studying chord melody. This book does a great job of representing his very personal aesthetic concepts with beautiful, lush chord selections, lots of suspensions, sixes and nines.
If you are a classical guy looking to take a fakebook and flesh out unaccompanied chord melodies from jazz standards, I also recommend Joe Pass's DVD Solo Jazz Guitar in addition to this book. Pass mostly uses common "grip" chords. York is more of a modern arranger who happens to play guitar. I'm from the CAGED school of playing and know most of the common jazz grips with extensions and altered notes and still learned boatloads from York's chording.
Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3). 64 pages