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The Improvising Fingerstyle Guitarist

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Guitar - Beginning; Intermediate; Advanced
Adult Contemporary, Perfect binding. Jazz. Book and online audio. 148 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #30697M. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.30697M).

Item Number: MB.30697M

ISBN 9781513466569. 8.75x11.75 inches.

This book is written -with the guitar at hand- to help you as a fingerstyle guitarist, improvise in a contemporary way on the guitar. Every musician can learn to improvise. You just need to study and practice the right tools. Each chapter focuses on a different improvisational approach. An extensive theoretical knowledge is not necessary. This book is written for all levels: the beginner, the intermediate and advanced player. Every guitarist will find new insights and concepts to broaden his improvisational skills. Studying this book will increase your confidence for improvising, stimulate your command of the guitar with scale, interval, arpeggio studies and above all stimulate your imagination and musical creativity. In every chapter there is a 'Your turn' section, following the examples. The aim is to create your own improvisations. The book contains standard notation and tablature. Includes access to online audio.

  • Chapter 1: Breaking Down The C Major Scale 
  • Chapter 2: Single Note Lines Preceded By A Bass Note 
  • Chapter 3: Dyads And Melodic Invention 
  • Chapter 4: Root-Root Alteration In The Bass 
  • Chapter 5: Adding A Middle Voice 
  • Chapter 6: More Movement In The Middle Voice 
  • Chapter 7: Basic Chords 
  • Chapter 8: Chord Arpeggiation 
  • Chapter 9: Chord Parts And Upper Voice Movement 
  • Chapter 10: Dyads Based On All The Scale Notes 
  • Chapter 11: All Approaches Thus Far 
  • Chapter 12: Root-Third In The Bottom Voice 
  • Chapter 13: Embellishing The Bass Line (Part 1): Approach Notes 
  • Chapter 14: Embellishing The Bass Line (Part 2): A Freer Approach 
  • Chapter 15: Adding Chromatic Tones In The Melody 
  • Chapter 16: Modern Sounds (Part 1): F5 And S5 In The Middle Voice 
  • Chapter 17: Modern Sounds (Part 2): Adding An M7 To Minor Chords In The Middle Voice 
  • Chapter 18: Modern Sounds (Part 3): Adding Major And Minor Seconds In The Middle Voice 
  • Chapter 19: Modern Sounds (Part 4): Sus2 And Sus4 Chords 
  • Chapter 20: The C Major Scale In Higher Positions On The Fretboard 
  • Chapter 21: Root-Third In Higher Positions 
  • Chapter 22: Root-Third: Two-Part Playing 
  • Chapter 23: Shell Voicings 
  • Chapter 24: Shell Voicings And Melodic Material 
  • Chapter 25: Direct Substitutions On Shell Voicings 
  • Chapter 26: Modern Sounds In Higher Positions 
  • Chapter 27: Altered Dominants: F5 S5 F9 S9 In The Upper Voice 
  • Chapter 28: Chord Progressions With Specific Chord Names 
  • Chapter 29: All Together Now 

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