Jimmy Bruno: No Nonsense Jazz Guitar
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Jimmy Bruno has played guitar with some of the all time greats, including Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley. He makes even the most daunting techniques accessible to anyone who wants to learn. Jimmy covers II/V/I progressions, changing chord colors, training hands and ears to work together, natural picking techniques, adding bass lines to chords and much more. No nonsense-just great jazz guitar! Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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I'd recommend this DVD to any guitarist who loves jazz guitar but just can't seem to master the theory behind it. This DVD won't make anyone a jazz player overnight, but it will help you to advance your playing skills. Highly recommended.
I did have one issue:
If you order this DVD, be sure to check the enclosed booklet when you receive it - the booklet that I received jumped from example 15 to example 34. So I contacted Amazon, and, as usual, they sent me an immediate replacement at their expense, but unfortunately the booklet was missing the same pages. Obviously this is a QC issue with the publisher and nothing to do with Amazon. I contacted Hal Leonard Publishing and they have agreed to send me a replacement copy of the DVD. I had to pay the $5 to return it but at least I have the complete product.
UPDATE 9/19/2011: After returning the DVD on August 3 to Hal Leonard, and several emails promising they were sending the replacement, Hal Leonard Corp finally sent me a replacement DVD and threw in a bonus DVD for my patience. I must say, it seemed to take a long time, maybe they had to search around for a complete booklet? Anyway, I now have the complete book - now I actually have to get to work trying to learn some of Jimmy's stuff.
There are several things that I like about his approach on this video.
1. His recommendations at the end on how to practice and what he'd have you do if you were a student are great. If you work them, you'll get benefit. Of course, you need to consider your goals and how much time you can invest, but the ideas are sound.
2. His lessons on shaping chords and comping are great! Again, if you work the method, you'll see connections on the fretboard and feel comfortable enough to toss away that book of chords that's been gathering dust on your shelf and has kept you locked into the old way of doing things.
3. Following his method will help you learn the fretboard. That's the biggest thing that it helped me do. I knew a lot of theory before, but he helped me unlock the thinking that had me feeling a bit wrapped up, constrained and my playing a bit stale and unimaginative.
4. Regardless of whether you get one DVD or both, even though much of what he plays is transcribed, don't think that you need to learn all his licks or memorize the passages. Follow his advice and follow your ear. Learn the best bits from the passages and use it to up your technique.
With this and his follow on DVD, you'll get some great ideas on how to develop your chops and become a serious player. Additionally, his Mel Bay book on his scales is good. It's thin and to the point. Well documented and a nice companion to the DVDs.
Can see left hand, right hand, face.
Great video and audio quality. Great editing. No filler, no fluffing around, just get into to it.
Video content and structure (chapters, sections, direct links to specific lesson material) could not be better.
Totally professional from Jimmy's side and from the producer / editor of the DVD.
Jimmy's way of teaching is clear, easy to understand, and easy to remember.
I bought this DVD in 2008, but did not watch it until last week.Durr.
Wish we had this kind of instructional material in 1960 when I was starting out.
Going back now to order all the other instructional material and CDs Jimmy has published over the years.
The reason this DVD is a no-brainer in my opinion is because you get an excellent two-hour lesson from a great, engaging teacher for less than half the price of a single one-hour lesson from your local teacher. AND you can play it over and over again, and really absorb what Jimmy is saying and doing. (If you're like me, you'll need to.) Plus, transcriptions with tab. It may not take the place of one-on-one lessons but there's no way you won't get your $22 worth out of it.
And Mr. Bruno, if you're reading this, thanks for the great lesson!
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