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Charlie Parker for Guitar: Note-for-Note Transcriptions and Detailed Performance Notes for 18 Bebop Classics Paperback – June 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793587476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793587476
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Klas Johnson on October 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I probably own a ton of instructional jazz-guitar books and the difference between any other book and this one, is that here you get up and running directly.
The author has really taken his time to figure out the optimum fingerings for the heads and solos. And to my suprise I hear my self running thru anthropology like a hot knife thru butter.
Belive me I experimented with other fingerings, but I hitherto have found the authors suggestions to be optimized.
Perhaps there are books that goes deeper into the theoretical aspect of Charlie Parkers music, but I personally think it's more fun to learn to play it first and only then analyse it.
Otherwise it's easy to get stuck ( and bored).
I cannot recommend this book enough. It's the best!
I hope and pray that the author will follow up with another one, (why not a book with Dizzy solos the next time?). When it comes I will definetly buy it. Until then, this book provides for plenty of magical moments.
Buy it and have fun.
Klas
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dobrodov on October 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has opened to me the wide vistas of jazz guitar. I have played bluegrass, playing hot leads modeled after Doc Watson/Dave Bromberg/Tony Rice, as well as blues, rock, etc. I always picked up songs by ear immediately, but I had trouble "hearing" jazz. By "slowing" Parker solos down to the printed page, the author enabled me to play, listen, hear, and replicate what I was hearing. Like another reviewer on this site, I also found the tablature to be of great help. As a result of using it, I am changing the way I finger EVERYTHING, not just jazz, and it has also opened me up to tons of ideas on how to move up and down the neck in ways that I have never done before. (Sometimes, I prefer a different solution to a problem than the author recommends, but most frequently his approach is best.) It really has improved, and continues to improve, my rock, blues, and bluegrass playing, while at the same time leading me to tons of fun improvising on all sorts of jazz tunes, bop or otherwise.

Great thanks to the author, Mark Voelpel!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bounty14 on July 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been working with this book for a few months now. If you're looking to rip some licks or to learn the heads of his tunes without being able to read standard notation then this book is for you. I definately recommend a more comprehensive study of Parker's tunes if you're interested in this book, The Charlie Parker Omni book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on January 6, 2015
Format: Paperback
this book is spot on. instead of drowning in seas of theory and filled its just straight sounds from Bird himself. I have a hard time with the bebop scales, but playing these songs gets me used to the bebop scales and runs in a fun way. not only will it help your bebop technique, it'll give you some good shock and awe pieces to play for friends and family. you learn from the master of bebop himself. remember that rhythm and phrasing are both quintessential to the sound of bebop. playing with a metronome or recording of parker playing the track you're listening to is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Six String Monk on August 12, 2013
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The introduction to Charlie Parker's improvisational style is worth the cover price by itself. In addition, you get painstakingly detailed fingerings for Parker heads and solos--which always gave me trouble when working off of traditional rotation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sverre on January 28, 2014
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This transcription of Charlie Parkers work into sheet Music for giutar, is really good. Complete With fingerings and tab. I recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TonyX on May 8, 2015
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Great introduction to Parker on guitar. Finger placement suggestions a plus.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excelent reference music book. The text should have included more detailed informational discography to support the solo written music examples. Nevertheless. It is an invaluable source for musicians interested in bebop guitar
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