- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.; Pap/Com edition (January 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078667167X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786671670
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mel Bay presents Jazz Pentatonics: Advanced Improvising Concepts for Guitar (Mel Bays Private Lessons) Paperback – January, 2004
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Jazz improvisation is a life long pursuit and no one teacher or book will make a student a great improviser over night. This book is one of the really useful ones due to its balanced content, the quiet competence of the author, solid musicality and straight ahead playing by the musicians on the included CD.
The author also takes the minor pentatonic scale and changes a note to make the minor 7b5 pentatonic scale. He then explores this scale over a variety of chords. He does the same with the dominant pentatonic and major b6 pentatonic. While it's challenging to learn some of the scales, they offer awesome tonal variations that you can't get with the traditional pentatonic scale.
This book is not the "be all end all" on pentatonics; and I understand that there are other books that go into even greater depth on this subject. What makes this book particularly good is that it takes you from the simple minor pentatonic scale and builds on that until you learn how to use the scales over a variety of jazz progressions. The cd even includes backing tracks, which are excellently crafted.
I will probably spend between 6months to 1year delving into this book to really get to know things. So, I won't be buying any more books for a little while, but Saunders also has a book out on the diminished scale and the wholetone scale. Both books, I would love to get after I master this one. Definite 5 stars.
Should help to open up new improv ideas for the guitarist interested in applying the penatonic scales to jazz.
Not for the beginner. Would be helful if the guitarist had a background in the 2-5-1 chord patterns and chord subsitutions, along with knowing the notes of chords.
With a little imagination and practice you should be able to pick up some good solo ideas from the examples and apply them to your playing when improvising on a 2-5-1 chord pattern, or playing on on a static chord,