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Rhythm Guitar the Ranger Doug Way Paperback – May 1, 2006
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If you are a multiple instrumentalist, you might like to check out "Swingin' Jazz Mandolin: 12 Great Songs of the '20s & 30's arranged by Aaron Stang." Uke players will also find Robbert van Reneeses's "Understanding Ukulele Chords" a fabulously, simple-yet-comprehensive, and thoroughly approachable intro to jazz theory. This book is ideal for guitar players just skirting the edge of the glorious abyss of Swing, but who are nervous about the theory. Shucks, if Tiny Tim could play it, why not you too? Robbert is not only an accomplished Swing player and Cornell prof, he plays Swing uke while riding through the streets of Ithaca on a unicycle! Let's see Ranger Doug do that with his mighty Stromberg!
Some of the songs are charted as many as three times, one with a simple structure, one with a moderately complex structure, and and one with a jazzy structure, with the chords changing on nearly every beat. A picture of each chord with fingering is positioned over each chord name.
I'll never play fat, clunky chords again!
(As others have mentioned, this book contains ONLY the chord changes (with a diagram for each one) for the songs, not the lyrics and not the melody notes. Start with the tunes you already know and for the rest, find a YouTube version to listen to---perhaps one featuring Ranger Doug himself!
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Good book! I am a professional guitarist and have found the material covered in this book both interesting and helpful. Rhythm guitar is a lost art. Learn it from Ranger Doug.Published 5 months ago by Joed
2 and 1/2 stars is what it is worth to me.
Without a Audio CD or MP3 file it's pretty much useless.
Wish I had not purchased this book.
This book contains a brief history of Ranger Doug and rhythm guitar, Freddie Green style, followed by a series of jazz and western swing classics scored with rhythm charts. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ian Meyer
The first half of the book is just words and stories but the last half is songs showing you how he would play them. Read morePublished 24 months ago by johnny s
Have been reading about "minimal chord structures", 3 note or less jazz chords. Ranger Doug's book has several songs that I wanted - Yellow Rose of Texas for example. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Mark S.