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Jazz Pentatonics

Advanced Improvising Concepts for Guitar

By Bruce Saunders

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Guitar (All) - Intermediate-Advanced
Advanced Improvising Concepts for Guitar. Composed by Bruce Saunders. Saddle-stitched, Improvisation. Private Lessons Series. Jazz. Book/CD Set. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20416BCD).

Item Number: MB.20416BCD

ISBN 9780786671670. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Jazz Pentatonics is for intermediate to advanced players wishing to expand their melodic and harmonic vocabulary. The music is in standard notation as well as tablature and a CD is included in which the more difficult exercises are played at a slower as well as faster tempo. The CD was recorded with live drums, acoustic bass and guitar. All the exercises are included on the CD as well as play-along tracks that enable the student to play with a rhythm section. The book covers the minor 7, dominant 7, minor 7(b5) and major (b6) pentatonics and gives the student many etudes and exercises from which to draw improvisational ideas.

  • Chapter one: minor seventh pentatonic scale 
  • Five perpendicular fingering exercises 
  • Lateral fingerings 
  • Harmonic uses of minor seventh pentatonic 
  • Exercises, Study No. 1 
  • Melodic voice leading introduction 
  • Study No. 2 
  • Practice starting notes 
  • Chapter two: minor seventh flat five pentatonic scale 
  • Harmonic uses of minor seventh flat five pentatonic 
  • Five perpendicular fingerings 
  • Minor ii-V-I patterns 
  • Study No. 3 
  • Ex. 15, delayed application of pentatonic 
  • Ex. 16 Phyrgian chord use 
  • Chapter three: dominant seventh pentatonic scale 
  • Harmonic uses of dominant seventh pentatonic 
  • Combination lateral/perpendicular fingerings 
  • Ex. 18 & 19/major ii-V-I sequences 
  • Study No. 4/F major blues 
  • Study No. 5/C minor blues 
  • Study No. 6/Solarize changes study 
  • Chapter four: major flat sixth pentatonic scale scale 
  • Harmonic uses of major flat sixth pentatonic 
  • Ex. 20 & 21/ii-V-I sequence using skips 
  • Study No. 7/Love changes with skips 
  • Appendix: practice tracks & answer key 
  • Practice track No. 1 Leaves key of G, minor seventh suggestions 
  • Practice track No. 2 Leaves key of Bb, minor seventh suggestions 
  • Practice track No. 3 Love changes, mixed pentatonic suggestions 
  • Practice track No. 4 Solarize changes, mixed pentatonic suggestions 
  • Practice track No. 5 F blues key of Bb, mixed pentatonic suggestions 
  • Pracitce track No. 6 Yesterdaze, mixed pentatonic suggestions 
  • Answer key for page 18 
  • Answer key for page 19 
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