Jazz Standard Study Guides 20 Pack (Volume 1 + 2 + 3 + 4)
Great material. My only problem is trying to access both the written material and the audio examples.
It was not straighforward downloading the ebook onto my iPad as I first had to download an unzip utility,then when I'd decompressed the files the format was not very user friendly.
Not possible to download onto a laptop and transfer,as I don't have one!
Oh,for the good old days of 'books'...
Great learning tool that delves step by step into arpeggios in a measured and interesting way. It keeps the fun in my musical development with practical examples. This goes well with other study guides available here and complement the standards guide that builds my song list. Highly recommended.
I haven't even scratched the surface of these guides and I've already learned a lot. I've been working on Autumn Leaves for a bit before the guide and in just a day or two with the guide I've been able to incorporate new ideas!
These guides have everything you need for building a tune from the basics to something that you can feel satisfied is sounding like jazz! The audio backing tracks are long enough that even after just a little practice you can have a ton of fun improvising. The books are so generous - all the theory, scales, exercises, examples, backing tracks, chord diagrams, full explanations and suggestions for improvising on these great tunes - it's all there and for a ridiculously low price. As a jazz novice I can see that these guides are going to make practice a joy and progress swift. Get 'em!
These guides are excellent. I use them primarily to understand a tune and to find ways to improvise intelligently on them. But they work for more than guitar as well. I play saxes and flute and I find that working these tunes out on guitar (and also piano) using the guides really gets the tunes in my head and under my fingers. I'm learning to be patient and study each section in the guides carefully. The payoff is sperb!
I already have the complete set of Study Guides. I am working on Corcovado and Summertime. They are very helpful indeed and have satisfied certain gaps I had been experiencing in my approach to improvising. They are giving me greater confidence in improvising over the changes to actual jazz standards. Highly recommended!
I have all these study guides. They are an excellent way to learn these great tunes - from chords to arpeggios to soloing. The audio samples are a great help in understanding the sound you are looking for.