Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
The Best of Joe Pass: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Styles and Techniques of the Jazz Guitar Virtuoso (Guitar Signature Licks) Paperback – December 1, 2003
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
Please do not be put off by the terribly inacurate comments made in one of the other reviews here. Wolf does in fact play jazz guitar exceptionally well, not surprising considering that he has studied with George Van Epps, Pat Martino, as well as Joe Pass to name just a few.
I'm playing Bass mostly, but ANY insight to any instrument only adds to the ear, which translates to the hand. Thank you Joe Pass for your music, and kudos to Wolf Marshall for opening up the music for us.
If you but this book for the transcriptions alone this is great value, easily deserving the 5 star rating - especially as the CD has every note in the book - saves effort, time and money.
The commentary on the transcriptions, whilst accurate, is shallow and does not give much insight into how Joe created these solos - for that you will need to look at Joe's own books - particularly Joe Pass Guitar Style and Joe Pass On Guitar . I refer to Carol Kaye's review, which is a little harsh; her conclusion - this book is "not valid" for analysis - is correct. These transcriptions, however, put the music under your fingers - and that has real value.
I love this book!
The CD is good enough to enjoy by itself. There is no "Band in a box" backing here. Just real musicians playing really well. Marshall hammers all the solos with total accuracy. The tone is there as well as the flow.
Keep in mind that this is not for beginners. However, if you are a rock, blues player and really want to break away from the box system and sixteenth notes scalar runs, that's a good book to buy. Joe's playing is all over the neck + he uses a wide variety of techniques from finger picking to sweep picking.
Jazz is a lot of work (and fun!) so if you are to spend hours and hours learning, learn from one of the best. Get this book.
If you want to learn great stuff but in a less intimidating way, give a shot to Tom Dempsey "Classic Jazz Guitar Styles" (great backing tracks) or Fred Sokolow "The Roots of Jazz Guitar", these too guys will start you on Charlie Christian all the way up. Their solos are great but they are more fit for low intermediates and up.