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A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation: Guitar Edition

By Dick Weissman

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Guitar (All) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Dick Weissman. Edited by Dan Fox. Perfect binding, Improvisation. Acoustic Music. Book/CD Set. 136 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20827BCD).

Item Number: MB.20827BCD
ISBN 9780786607518. Acoustic Music. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The non-jazz improvisation series is a concept that germinated in Dick Weissman's mind while he was attending music school. He wrote a 15-piece arrangement of the old square dance tune, Cripple Creek, and wanted the trombone to take a solo as part of the arrangement. When the trombonist kept playing a bebop solo that was totally unsuitable for the chart, Dick realized that - in addition to the many musicians who do not improvise - there are even jazz musicians who don't know how to improvise outside the limits of their own stylistic backgrounds.

Fingerstyle and flatpicking techniques demonstrate the use of the guitar as an incredibly versatile instrument that holds its own in a variety of musical genres. Various guitar tunings are included. All examples are written out in traditional and tablature notation.

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