Jazz for the Skeptical Guitarist (Fundamental chord progressions and modes). For guitar. Instructional and Jazz. Instructional book. 86 pages. Published by Skeptical Guitarist Publications (SG.SGP-010).
This book proceeds onward from Volume Two, The Fretboard, and presumes that you are up to speed on the the first two volumes. We look at the structure of jazz chords first and introduce such diverse and fascinating topics as the Rhythm Changes, Substitutions, Alterations, Extensions and my favorite, Voice Leading. We identify two main forms of Rhythm Changes, which I call the "MVP" (Most Valuable Progression) and the "VIP" (Very Important Progression) and work Ôem every which way but loose.Then we investigate the "1234567" Progression and learn how to chop it up and use it all over the neck; the chord progressions found in five actual jazz standards; and Mustery Chord Analysis. Finally we talk about the 7 Modes ("Modes Shmodes") and how they can help you to improvise jazz solos. Michael Plunkett wrote via e-mail, "I have had a desire to learn jazz for a while now, and it seems as if every book I picked up make me understand it less and less. You have successfully translated one language into another.".