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    there are so many books out there that can really overwhelm us due to the information explosion of the internet,but the important thing is to get the useful information that will suit our way of playing music...


    The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
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    I have both books. I like the 3 note voicing book more--but they are both great.

    I like small voicings. Easier to hear the individual voices and treat them as such. Less about block movement and more about 3 melodies that all align yet move differently. Like a string trio. Howard Alden talks about this in one of his Mike's Masterclass videos.

    Still easier to comp with 4 note grips, but 3 notes... you get those notes working for you and you end up telling a story that compliments the soloist instead of just being in the background. I like that idea of telling stories with harmony while the soloist weaves in single lines to the story and vice versa.

    That first George Van Eps book Guitar Method, is a great primer to Vincent's 3 note voicing book.

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    The 3 note voicing book is generally based on harmonizing a melody note with a bass note and adding a middle voice then moving these voices. It's a very strong concept.

    Getting good at 3 note voicings also means you have an additional finger available. Sparing a finger not only gives you more dexterity in playing and switching voicings but also you can use it at times to "thicken" the voicings with an added voice or to create melodies over one of the voicings.

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    I have the 3 note voicings book but I don't have the drop 2 book. However I remember checking it out in a store, it's content is very very similar to Alan Kingstone's Barry Harris book. Harmonized 6th diminished scales (alternating diminished and one of major6, minor6 or dominant chords) and borrowing notes between them. Accept the scales are called something else and the borrowing is called "tinkering".

    I read somewhere that it's a direct translation to guitar from one of Mark Levine's piano books.

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    The particular question: does anyone have the Kindle version of the 3-note voicing book? If so, does it work well? I've got a Kindle, I sometimes use the computer-based Kindle app also. If it works well, I prefer to buy the Kindle version, because I already own too many guitar instruction books, including Vincent's Drop 2 book.

    The general question: what about guitar instruction books on Kindle more generally? I just discovered this series of guitar instruction books being produced in England, and they are all available on Kindle. I can't find the name of this series quickly, but an example from the series is a book co-authored by Mike Stern called "Altered Scale Soloing for Jazz," only about $9 on Kindle. It seems to me that Kindle should be fine, especially on a computer, as long as the books are scanned well. Many Kindle books have a lot of typos, because they are not proof-read and they are not scanned well. I read a lot on Kindle, and this is a very annoying thing about Kindle editions. It's sort of more important in a guitar instruction book than in many other kinds of books that there not be typos, because I can almost always spot and correct a typo in a book, if it's just a mistake in English. Mistaking a sharp for a flat, however, is another kind of problem.