Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

344

Dennis Sandole and Guitar Lore

Chuck Anderson By

Sign in to view read count
Guitar Lore by Dennis Sandole was not originally published by Theodore Presser. I published the book and distributed it through my school Modern Music Studios Inc. A second edition paperback was published later by Pressers.

There has always been controversy about the origins of the book. Dennis had conceived and organized this material long before it was published. At my urging (and I'm sure the urgings of others), he finally agreed to proceed with the production of the book. I took dictation and the outlines of the book directly from Dennis and then hand wrote and developed the entire manuscript.

The original copy of Guitar Lore was black and had steel spiral bindings. There were only 1,000 copies of that edition made so if you can find one, it's a collectors item.

The material was essentially a compendium of techniques considered essential for the virtuoso guitarist. It first covered left hand position and then right hand pick hold and stroke. Contrary to popular opinion, it did not advocate strict alternate picking nor a "stiff wrist" picking technique.

Topics covered were the development of a system of "jazz" chords, chord scales, rhythm studies, sequences both diatonic and chromatic, arpeggios through extensions, scale fingerings in multiple octaves, interval studies, exotic scales, and technical studies of all different types including double stops. This was in essence a technique book—not so much mechanical but musical technique. Of course, all technique must have a musical aspect to it or it won't be applicable to the "real" world.

The book did not deal directly with improvisation, melody and chords or repertoire.

There was to be a follow up to this book called Scale Lore but it was never published.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

The Art and Science of Jazz
Thelonious Monk Inside Out: A Fresh Perspective On His Music
By Victor L. Schermer
June 26, 2018
The Art and Science of Jazz
Access for People with Disabilities at Jazz Venues: What is really missing
By Hrayr Attarian
June 11, 2018
The Art and Science of Jazz
The Healing Power of Music: Can Jazz Repair a Damaged Brain? The case of trumpeter Louis Smith
By Hrayr Attarian
February 11, 2014
The Art and Science of Jazz
Medical History Blues: The Curious Case of Jake.
By Hrayr Attarian
November 5, 2011
The Art and Science of Jazz
On Blind Tom, Essence of Creativity, Autism and Jazz
By Hrayr Attarian
April 17, 2011
The Art and Science of Jazz
All Jazzed Up: Looking for a Jazz Center Within the Folds of the Brain
By Hrayr Attarian
January 3, 2011
The Art and Science of Jazz
Motivation
By Chuck Anderson
January 2, 2011