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Mel Bay Complete 7-String Guitar Method Spiral-bound – May, 2004

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786669179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786669172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Buzzelli, Guitarist Chris Buzzelli has been called "a gifted guitarist who deserves to be better known" by Adrian Ingram in Just Jazz Guitar magazine. Jim Fisch of 20th Century Guitar called his first CD, What Goes Around, "...superb," while Dave McElfresh, of Cadence magazine said he was "...equally skillful on electric and nylon-string guitar, with his exceptional sense of melody and harmony". Buzzelli holds degrees from the College of New Jersey and the University of North Texas. Since 1984, he has been on the faculty of Bowling Green State University where he is Professor of Music and director of the guitar program. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Michigan, as well as presenting clinics and masterclasses at the University of Cincinnati, Northwestern University, and other colleges and universities around the nation. Buzzelli has written articles for Jazz Educators Journal, Just Jazz Guitar, and American String Teacher, and has published a number of solos, arrangements, and guitar ensemble compositions. He has contributed to numerous publications for Mel Bay Publications including their Jazz Standards series, Guitar Ensemble series and Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos series. He is also the author of the Complete 7-String Guitar Method: A Comprehensive Method Including Chords, Scales & Arpeggios, also published by Mel Bay. Chris Buzzelli appears on several recordings, with two released under his own name. His current release is I Can Pick My Friends, which also features guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Randy Johnston, and Jack Wilkins. Buzzelli maintains an active playing schedule mostly in the Northwest Ohio area, but has also played in some nationally recognized venues including the Classic American Guitar Show in Long Island, New York and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society event held each summer in Nashville; he also performed at the first World Guitar Congress held in Towson, Maryland in 2004.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wizard on March 2, 2008
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The book is very interesting, as not many books deal with this subject of 7 string jazz guitar. According to my waitings, the part for the arpeggios & the scales is too long (who really used the "A" seven string into their solos ?) The chord part is very very useful and brought me many new ideas.

Be Careful : as said above, alll the book is build with the seven string tuned to "A"...Obvious for Jazz 7 string guitarists...but not for everybody !
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guitar Joe on November 2, 2004
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Great book for intermediate and advanced guitarists. In addition to the expected scales and chord voicing studies for 7-string guitar, there are also wonderful hints on which scales to use in playing situations that both 6 and 7-string players can benefit from. Thanks Chris for writing this book. This is with a low A (not a low B like the rock guitarists frequently use).
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Waters on August 11, 2008
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Jeez, if you really like playing dissonant eighth notes using only two strings, with a backing track that's so jazzy it doesn't even sound good... then this book is for YOU!

I bought this book after I bought a 7-string thinking I could learn something new and interesting. It would be nice if the other strings were used occasionally, and if you listen to the practice CD, the only thought you'll be left with is "Why would anyone want to play music that sounds like this?"

I can see a very small amount of usefulness here if you are such a great jazz guitarist that you don't need "keys" and "music" holding you down. Just about any other jazz guitar book would be a better buy than this one.
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