The Budget Guide to Learning Jazz Guitar

A Listmania! list by Ed G "Minister & Musician" (Queens, NY)
The list author says: "I've been playing guitar for 27 years and I had my first student when I was 12 years old! I am mostly self-taught, although the brief stints that I have had with a few guitar teachers has always proved to be the most efficient approach to learning jazz the quickest way possible. BUT, I do recognize that, as myself, sometimes people don't have the means to pay $20-$40 a lesson. I've compiled this list for the budget conscious jazz student. With the right books, you can sky-rocket your jazz education for less than 10% of what it would cost to get lessons. These are books that I myself have used and have found them to be the most effective and relevant books to learn jazz. ENJOY!"
Chords and Progressions for Jazz and Popular Guitar
1.  Chords and Progressions for Jazz and Popular Guitar by Arnie Berle
The list author says:
  "This book takes you through the most popular chord progressions. If you want to learn jazz, it is important to know how to connect chord changes."
$15.50   Used & New from: $5.22
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios
2.  Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios by Al Di Meola
The list author says:
  "This book taught me so much. It offers a lesson plan to take you through the book in a methodical manner or you can just look up the topics that you want to delve deeper into. Requires some music reading."
$12.44   Used & New from: $5.23
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1
3.  Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 by William Bay
The list author says:
  "This book used to cost only $8. Now it's a little pricier but it's still a classic.  As tough as it is, every guitar player should have an idea of how to read music. It is so important to at least have the basics down. This book will give you that."
$14.07   Used & New from: $0.69
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Joe Pass Guitar Chords
4.  Joe Pass Guitar Chords by Joe Pass
The list author says:
  "Great book! Cheap price! As a prerequisite, listen to a lot of jazz and this book will make a lot of sense.  Patiently go through all the chords in this book and you will elevate your playing exponentially."
$7.99   Used & New from: $3.71
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

History of the Guitar in Jazz
5.  History of the Guitar in Jazz by Norman Mongan
The list author says:
  "To play jazz, you have to hear a LOT of JAZZ.  To hear the right jazz, you have to know the history. This book accomplishes that SO WELL! I loved this book! Gives a good history of the key guitarists that changed the role of the guitar in jazz."
Used & New from: $1.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Solo Jazz Guitar
6.  Solo Jazz Guitar DVD ~ Joe Pass
The list author says:
  "One of the best instructional videos/dvds EVER! This dvd will show you play chord changes, how to jazz up common changes, HOW to play a walking bass line with chords, different approaches to lead playing, and, of course, how to combine these elements into playing solo guitar. This dvd is probably the single greatest instruction I've ever received from a dvd."
$16.29   Used & New from: $12.42
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

The Ultimate Scale Book
7.  The Ultimate Scale Book by Troy Stetina
The list author says:
  "Cheap in price, rich in material. Gets you right into playing the scales."
$5.99   Used & New from: $2.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

The Herb Ellis Jazz Guitar Method : Swing Blues
8.  The Herb Ellis Jazz Guitar Method : Swing Blues by Terry Holmes
The list author says:
  "This guide shows you how to play the blues. So many jazz tunes are based on blues progressions and there is no better person to guide you through those changes than Herb Ellis. In this book, he guides you through various parts of the fingerboard to give you a thorough knowledge of the fretboard."
$14.96   Used & New from: $6.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Jazz Solos for Guitar: REH Pro Licks Book/CD Pack
9.  Jazz Solos for Guitar: REH Pro Licks Book/CD Pack by Les Wise
The list author says:
  "This book was originally releases as a six or seven cassette series on how to play jazz guitar lead and cost about $60.  Now, condensed and very economically priced, this book will show you how to use arpeggios, how to use tension&resolution, scale substitutions, chord soloing, and virtuoso guitar. Designed to be a study in being an all-around jazz guitarist. GREAT!"
$13.46   Used & New from: $9.32
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Jamey Aebersold Vol. 1 How to Play and Improvise Bk/cd (Aebersold Jazz, Volume 1)
10.  Jamey Aebersold Vol. 1 How to Play and Improvise Bk/cd (Aebersold Jazz, Volume 1) by Jamey Aebersold
The list author says:
  "The Jamey Aebersold series in indispensible for the jazz musician learning to improvise without a band. Practice with the playalongs and you'll be ready when the time comes!"
Used & New from: $5.00
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Emily Remler: Advanced Jazz & Latin Improvisation
11.  Emily Remler: Advanced Jazz & Latin Improvisation DVD ~ Hot Licks
The list author says:
  "Loved this video. Shows how to use the jazz minor scale practically and how to play true bossa nova. If you want to play Girl from Ipanema, Wave, Desafinado or any other bossa nova "standard", this video will show you how!"
Used & New from: $21.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Al Di Meola
12.  Al Di Meola DVD ~ TIM LANDERS
The list author says:
  "I am an Al Di Meola FAN!! His fusion is awesome, his acoustic stuff is pure fire (Live in San Francisco), mellow yet powerful tango (World Sinfonia)... This video takes you into some great picking techniques that I would not have learned otherwise. Truly an inside look into his playing techniques. This DVD delivers!"
$20.19   Used & New from: $19.98
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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