The Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar Chords
I got this Guide to Jazz Guitar Chords a few weeks ago and am very happy I did. The drop 2 and drop 3 chords turned out to be a simple concept, and I was already playing quite a few of them. Its very well written-lots of concise info. Glad I got it and I will get others when I get further in this one. Dave in Phoenix.
Nice book. Would be good if the chord shapes had some suggested fingerings which enable smooth transitions in common changes. That is what I'm missing, as I'm coming from rock/pop, I have certain worn-in fingering patterns, which I suspect need to change.
I bought the beginner's package from Matt & Dirk: which included jazz blues, arpeggios, chords and '30 days' books.
As i only have my iPad to get stuff downloaded - using Dropbox - i had a slight problem with 'zip' extension files. However, after getting in touch with Matt he was able to sort it all out for me in double quick time. Thanks Matt.
Great service - well recommended.
Now !.....back to getting those callouses hardened and fingers smokin' !
I started this book exactly at the moment when I started to jam and needed a crash course in jazz comping. Excellent as always – I still have to explore and use to its full the handy chord shapes guide at the end.
I have several of Matt and Dirk's books and what I appreciate about all of them is that everything I need is right in front of me; audio tracks, tab and written content. This kind of organized presentation is invaluable. Jazz guitar is a very complex subject and these books are an excellent roadmap....all I need to do is practice!
Musically very handy and useful book but PDF is too big. Wes book with 200 pages has 8,5 MB. Here is 250 MB for 320 pp without embedded audio. This cause problems with free space on tablet (PDF need temporary space for page rendering, no 250 but lot lot more).
Very good guideline. It would be very useful to add an ergonomic chapter which teaches how to play chords ergonomically for the left hand and avoid putting stress. After a while practicing chords I can feel the stress in my hand obviously Im doing something wrong...
I play chord melody almost exclusively lately but this makes me want to learn to comp better and more realistically. It's good to remember that simple can sometimes be the best route through a tune. Good for any level.