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The Jazz Guitar Chord Bible Complete Paperback – April, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769279724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769279725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WARRENS STUDENT on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Hi all interested in jazz guitar .I had the honor of studying with this jazz master for 4years.I have tons of guitar books myself as I also teach guitar.THe negative revue from the jazz fingerstyle guy surprised me becuz...the book is especially designed for the most practical chord voicings...it not achord theory book...look else where for that...I recomend Jody Fosters...jazz course for that also great books with CD by National Guitar Institute.THIS BOOK is the best I know of that shows not just chords shapes but each chord shown has a common chord progressions to show the chords and how they fit nicely voiced with the other chords he selected. The beauty of this chord book...many jazz books show advanced chords but not smooth moves...that make it sound right with the chords progression they sound good with!! I remember when Warren was writing his bible up all nite every nite at completion he was totally exhausted...with a labor of LOVE..Thanks Warren for teaching me how the guitar works...Eternally your student.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2001
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I've been playing jazz guitar for years and know the value of chord studys especially for players of finger style jazz (joe pass). I purchased this book for my cousin as a birthday gift as he is just starting to play jazz guitar. Too my surprise the book is pretty much worthless, sure it has lots of chords, but they are presented in a way that does nothing to help the student understand how chords are used. Many of the chords presented are unrealistic in as far as the demands placed on the hand(excessive stretching..ouch!).The chords that most jazz guitarist use today and yesterday have always been to make efficient use of the hands(some of the chords require that you make a 7 fret stretch in first position). I for one have never seen any of the great guitarist ever stretch beyond 5 frets and most stay at 4 frets including my self. This chord bible clearly needs a revision!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt Barranti on August 2, 2000
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Don't let the title fool you. This book is a must for all Guitar Players. Each page contains a wealth of knowledge. Each lesson will open your mind to new sounds. I have found these lessons to be both easy, and challenging. Thank you Warren for this book! I've been searching for a book like this for years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R. on September 24, 2012
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I purchased this book because I am a big Jason Mraz fan and I read an interview about him where he said that he writes most of his songs utilizing this book. He uses the chord voicings and progressions to craft his music. Mraz stated that this was the best book that he had ever seen in respect to chord progressions and how the chords fit together. So, I ordered the book and I love it. It has been a great help to me in songwriting as well as just general knowledge of jazz chord progressions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Anonymous Creator on May 27, 2011
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Chords all over the place. If you are looking to learn more ways to use more chords this is it. Not only does it show you how each chord is built, notated, fingered and tabbed, it goes a step further and shows you the chords used in a progression. There are plenty of books out there that do not do that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Jazzer on February 5, 2011
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This book shows how chords work in progressions from the 1st to 12 frets. The chord diagrams are no greater than five fret stretches. Yes, there are a "few" that may be a bit of a stretch, but those of you that took lessons from Warren know he used and taught man chord voicings with more that five fret stretches. I highly recommend this book. A lot to learn and great fun.

I miss you Warren.
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The chords are diagrammed, then shown in sample progressions - the voice leading of the progressions and the usability of the chords are where this book scores. It is an encyclopedia of chords and "melodic" chord progressions, which concentrates on demonstrating the chords in context. All chords are movable - I have not seen any open strings used in any of the chords. I already had good chord books, including the excellent "Rhythm and Background Chords", also by Warren Nunes, but I learned new ways of voicing chords and progressions I have used for years from this encyclopedia.

There is no explanation of chord theory - the book is meant to be used as an encyclopedia - look up the chord progression you want to use and find many ways of voicing the chords that you would never have found on your own! You can also look up single chords and see multiple formats of the same chord on one page. Indispensable, valuable and well worth the cost..

The book is extremely well organized, the chord grids are easy to read and the grips are comfortable and usable.
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By Garman H on December 10, 2014
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Second time for me to by this book. The chord changes are good for the fingers to work out. But like too many jazz books, there's no explanation about WHY the notes move from form to form. That's the usual case for almost all books on jazz chords, which is a pity.

So use this book for what it is, both a way to train your fingers and your ear. And then force your brain to figure out "THE WHY" yourself.
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