View Poll Results: Which beginner's jazz guitar method book helped you the most?

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  • A Modern Method for Guitar - Volume 1 by William Leavitt

    6 16.22%
  • Beginning Jazz Guitar by Jody Fisher

    4 10.81%
  • Chords and Progressions for Jazz and Popular Guitar by Arnie Berle

    0 0%
  • Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Jazz Guitar by Jack Schroedl

    1 2.70%
  • Joe Pass Guitar Method (or Joe Pass Guitar Style) by Joe Pass

    1 2.70%
  • Mel Bay Jazz Guitar Method by Ronny Lee

    0 0%
  • Mel Bay Complete Jazz Guitar Method by Mike Christiansen

    1 2.70%
  • Mickey Baker's Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 by Mickey Baker

    15 40.54%

    9 24.32%
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    Out of those listed I'd say Baker #1 is the best for someone new.

    "Drop 2 Concept For Guitar" by Chapman is a very useful book also but still not as good as Baker #1.

    I'm surprised no one recommended the Conti books.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Patlotch
    Mickey Baker's method was my first, very effective, though untheoretical. immediate success to play with others without being an advanced guitarist. I have since had dozens of other methods, those of my teacher Pierre Cullaz having made me the most progress regarding chords. Joe Pass, no. Howard Roberts, yes. So is Barney Kessel... and then others, Van Eps, Ted Greene, Jimmy Wyble, but in a very particular style, the solo
    Pretty much my experience with this book but it did get me started. By the end of section 1 (chords) I got what he was trying to get across, but it's cryptic. Section 2 (soloing) went downhill - he doesn't explain what he's trying to achieve so you get frustrated or in my case annoyed. Took me several years to fully get it - Hal Leonard guitar method is much more slick