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Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner, the debut instructional tome from New York City-based musician Amanda Monaco, is a well-thought out, step-by-step guide for the jazz guitar novice.
Monaco starts out with basics that everyone needs to know, from what kind of guitar to purchase to how to properly hold your new instrument. Along the way, instruction is given in reading tablature, standard music notation and simple jazz chords. The order in which the chords are introduced is particularly clever. Before they even realize it, students are playing a I-vi-ii-V chord progression in the key of C.
Additionally, the author approaches ideas for improvisation in a very non-threatening way. Readers are presented with a typical solo showcasing certain notes and rhythms. Using the CD that accompanies the book, they are encouraged to play along to the examples and then try out their own solos during the open choruses on the recording, playing along with the recording's rhythm section.
The book is rounded out by discussions on comping and basic theory. Each concept is introduced in a clear, easy to understand manner. Monaco's book will surely ease some of the trepidation readers might feel when beginning the study of jazz.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com