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Backbeat Books Publishes The Jazz Guitar Handbook

A complete course in all styles of Jazz

Montclair, NJ (September 17, 2013) – The Jazz Guitar Handbook is a thorough step-by-step guide to mastering one of the most creative and challenging types of music on the guitar. Starting with simple blues-based riffs over basic chord sequences, the book leads the reader rapidly to advanced harmony and improvisation. Along the way it teaches all the scales, chords, and theory guitar players need to make their way in jazz. The Jazz Guitar Handbook covers a wide range of styles, including jazzy blues, swing, bebop, modal, jazz-funk, Gypsy, and more.

The highlights include:
  • An illustrated history of jazz guitars and guitarists
  • More than 100 exercises and musical examples in notation and tab
  • All the essential scales and chords
  • The fundamentals of modern jazz harmony and improvisation
  • Advice on choosing a guitar for jazz
  • A 96-track CD of exercises, scales, chords, and backing tracks

Easy to use and useful for players at various levels, this volume is a must-have reference for players looking to expand their jazz skill set. "I would recommend this to any jazz guitar teacher looking for a book to use with serious students, it will provide both an excellent road map of sequential subject matter to cover, as well as a lot of the material that you would normally have to write by hand," says Doug Perkins of the Jazz Guitar Society.

About the author
Rod Fogg is a guitarist and writer, based in London, England, where he performs, teaches, and runs workshops. He is the author of The Electric Guitar Handbook and How To Read Music and the co-author of Django Reinhardt:Know The Man, Play The Music and The Totally Interactive Band Bible.
The Jazz Guitar Handbook
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333188
ISBN: 9781480341043
Width: 9.25", Length: 11.0" ,256 pages, plus CD

Please contact Martina McConnon at Music Marcom for interviews with the author, high-resolution pictures, reprint excerpts, and review copies of the book: Martina@musicmarcom.com or call 610-577-4982

Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group www.backbeatbooks.com and onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com