Solo Jazz Guitar
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Joe Pass is one of jazz guitar's all-time masters. He demonstrates legendary techniques that will be of value to rock guitarists as well as jazz purists. Joe covers chord melody, chord substitutions, leading tones, chromatic chords, voice movements, and many more special excercises, all with the unique Joe Pass twist. A chance to study with a jazz guitar legend!
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If you're looking for a book or DVD regarding guitar chord/melody solo-playing, look up Lenny Breau, because in this DVD, Joe focuses on the difficult I-VI-ii-V-I turnaround (that gives even the most seasoned jazz players a headache). He's a natural at teaching, and it's almost guaranteed that you will pick-up at least one, if not more, ideas for this "headache" of a turnaround (I usually either stopped playing over this, or just picked arpeggios of the chords at this point in the music.
Even though he is no longer with us, his music will live a long and healthy life!
This DVD is even better than the original video, because they've added a self-selected chording section that works in your computer or DVD player. It lets YOU ask for, then HEAR, the actual chords so you can work on mastery of that "Joe Pass Sound."
If you ever thought you might be able to keep up with jazz chording, GET this. It's the best tool I've ever found in my decades of playing guitar ... and faking around with "jazzy guitar chords!"
The on screen tabs and chord diagrams are just right. I spent 3 hours taking notes and made my own booklet. Pause, or slow motion, and write it down. All the substitutions are clearly diagramed and explained. And all the chords are simple to finger as he says he doesn't like to work too hard. So he greatly simplifies all those confusing voicings. (Throw most of them out!) Then there's a really great section on how to play your scales in a way that's interesting and useful. Then he goes over two very cool running base lines, and explains how to comp with them . (He says the base line is more important than the chords, so he keeps the chords very simple.)
The information just flows out from him like music did. He was a truly great teacher, and this DVD is 10 times more useful and enjoyable than any of the 30 others I've seen.