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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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.
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!
That ain't the case at all, no siree.
When Jimmy turns on the juice and starts playin'...wicked, melodic lines that are played so naturally, as a waterfall...falls...Then consider how clean his sound is, the strings he's usin, and the tone he's getting!
If you like jazz, wanna play jazz, wanna watch a true jazz cat jam...get this dvd.
I would recommend this DVD if you already know the fretboard somewhat, and want to get started with basic jazz improving. It's not really for beginners, unless you are extremely motivated to get up to speed with the scale/chord patterns.
To elaborate on what I mean by Jimmy being more down to earth, he points out that while knowing exactly what a 'G7 Flat 5, Flat 9' chord is and its notes can be somewhat important on an intellectual level, what's most important is that you can HEAR those notes. Being able to label a scale as this or that is not as important as HEARING how it might be different from a major scale, for example.
In the beginning of the DVD, Jimmy emphasizes the fact that first, you need to know the basic chord patterns of the fretboard. There's no way around that fact. But he helps you by overcome this hurdle by going through each scale/chord pattern simply and thoroughly, thereby laying it all out for you.
As the title of this DVD states ('No Nonsense'), Jimmy isn't promising you that you'll play the most awesome licks in 3 days. He's realistic. You do have to practice. But armed with his tips and samples, you can't help but improve if you practice his ideas for yourself.
Jimmy probably plays clean guitar quicker than most Rock cats but don't let that put you off! He takes the time out to slow things down and explain the ease of getting a jazz sound under your fingers, to sum up There are 7 notes in a major scale so what about the other 5? Relax, Jimmy's available to answer that one! Best instructional DVD on the web, EVER!
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