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Sheets of Sound for Guitar

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ISBN-13: 978-0975559307
ISBN-10: 0975559303
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Editorial Reviews

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I love Jack's new book. As a professor at Berklee, I am always looking for new approach. -- Tomo Fujita

I wholeheartedly recommend Jack Zucker's Sheets of Sound to any serious student of Jazz Guitar. -- Dr. Joseph Jewell

I'm starting to get into your book and I'm finding it facinating, fresh and VERY musical. -- Jamie Glaser (Chick Corea)

Sheets of Sound is a unique and valuable resource that every guitarist should own. -- Jimmy Bruno

Sheets of Sound is a wonderful, book that would be a welcome addition to any guitarist's library. -- Rodney Jones

Sheets of Sound represents, to me, the most comprehensive treatise that I have ever encountered -- Frank Silk Smith (BB King)

About the Author

  • Performed and recorded with the Army Jazz Ambassadors
  • Studio Music/Guitar Major at the University of Miami
  • Played, performed and studied jazz guitar for over 30 years
  • Taught at Universities and privately for over 20 years.
  • Lectured on improvisation at jazz festivals
  • Studied with Bill Biesecker, Dennis Sandole, Pat Martino, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis,

    Barney Kessel, Andrew White, Marc Copeland, Rick Whitehead, Randall Dollahan,

    Stan Samole, Larry Wooldridge

  • Performed live broadcasts for the Today Show, numerous other television

    and radio broadcasts

  • Performed with Steve Abshire, Eddie Baccus, Greg Bandy, Keter Betts,

    Paul Bollenback, Dr. Glenn Cashman, Marc Copeland, Danny Gatton, Ellory

    Eskelin, Shannon Ford, Kathy Lee Gifford, Drew Gress, Jamey Haddad, Paul

    Horn, Bruce Hornsby, Randy Johnston, Greg Karukas, T. Lavitz, Mike Lee, Hank

    Levy, Joe Lovano, Rich Madison, Terry Plumeri, John Previti, Dianne Reeves,

    Howard Roberts, Jim Roberts, Dan Wall, Rick Whitehead, and many others.

  • Performed in pit-bands for many broadway shows in the DC area
  • Many local jazz performances in the DC and Cleveland area
  • Author of: Sheets of Sound for Guitar, a unique and exciting jazz guitar

    melodic/harmonic technique book. The book is used and endorsed by Henry Johnson, Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, Paul Horn, T. Lavitz, Jamey Glaser, Ed Degenaro, and more.


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Jack A. Zucker (July 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975559303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975559307
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shanester on December 21, 2009
I have seen people trying to sell these books for outrageous prices. Why? They are still readily available at Jack Zuckers website. I actually bought Volumes 1 & 2 for 45.95. If you Google "Sheets Of Sound", it gives you the link, and then buy them there. I just don't know why people list things so high on here and try to rip people off. Consider me as a person looking out for others. Hope this helps all those interested in this book.

As for the review of the book itself, it is awesome. It is NOT just for people that "want to shred" as some put it. It is meant to teach you multiple things, but most importantly, the fingering and exercises are extremely helpful. I have been playing for over 20 years, and a lot of the lessons are difficult even for me, because there are things I never thought of. It's refreshing to find things that are challenging. Just take things slow, and get each example down to where you can do them without making a mistake. Another good thing to do, if at all possible, is to practice in front of a mirror, it helps you to play without looking later. Enjoy the book. Be patient with it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 15, 2004
Don't be put off by the cover picture, this book contains a lot of really useful information for any guitarist, not just in the jazz area, wanting to improve their technique. It certainly helped me to view the fretboard, and my picking, in different ways. It's a result of this book that I'm now quite comfortable with economy picking. In common with almost any technique book, the majority of the ideas here are probably available in other books, web pages, etc, and this book motivated me to seek out some other explanations on the web which expanded on some areaa. However, it's invaluable to have so much focussed in one book.

There is a tremendous amount of material here (over 250 pages), which may seem daunting at first, but you can dip into the bits that interest you most.

I would have liked a little more introductory explanation on picking styles, etc, and perhaps some "roadmaps" to exercises that might be particularly appropriate for specific styles. Also, be warned, this is "Intermediate to Advanced Studies". It assumes that you have a basic grasp of scales, modes, chords, and so on. I've found it useful to be also working through a more conventional book (William Leavitt, A Modern Method for Guitar, Complete), using this one for modern fingering ideas.

Most importantly, this is a book to STUDY. There are enough ideas here to keep you going for years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joey Bells on April 28, 2010
I thought it was strange that, as a website that usually offers great deals, some people are selling this book for such a high price at $182... Just wanted to say that the book is closer to $30 on Jack's website.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A guitarist on March 11, 2008
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I am a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. I just got this book and I think its great and can really improve your playing. Its also a HUGE book with many pages. I am posting this review so anyone who buys it knows that one good way to approach it is to pick the exercises that you need to improve your playing. You don't necessarily need to start from page one and work your way through to end, and you definitely don't need to do every exercise in this book. There's a wealth of knowledge here, but if you buy this book, don't let it overwhelm you - take what you need and it allow it to improve your playing, and leave the rest alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ghost(Ghost(M)) on February 22, 2011
I'm posting this to dispel some funny things I see on this page, as a help to people contemplating this book. First, the guy sells it direct from his website, which offers two advantages: First, you'll get it for a normal, more than reasonable price rather than the laughable amounts these smartases up above are asking for. And second, you'll pay the author. Think of it, isn't it nice when the guy who has actually done the work gets paid. That's one thing. Now, the other thing I wanted to mention is that he does, apparently, run out of stock now and then. When I bought it, he was out, so you could register on the waiting list (leave an email, basically), and then, when he got them, he sent emails to the registrees. So I got this email, and went ahead and paid, and got the books very soon, within a week or two, I can't remember exactly, but I remember it was totally unproblematic. Oh yeah, I did get both books (still less than a half of what these very, very smart people above are hoping you'll pay them for one). This is all I wanted to say, really; but as to the books themselves (there are two, actually, this page is about the first one), then well, books are full of speed-oriented exercises (it is not just sweep picking, or even mostly; it addresses much larger issues: he wanted to find a way to play guitar as fluidly as keyboards or keyed wind instruments allow, this book being a result of his quest); I've only worked through some of the drills there and found them untypical and intelligent, always interesting at the least, so I'm glad I have these books.
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