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5.0 out of 5 stars CONNECTING CHORDS WITH LINEAR HARMONY
Burt Ligon has truely written a very useful and insightful work. He helps aspiring and established jazz players to understand why jazz lines (melodies) work. He gives us a window into a complex art form and helps us get a real handle on jazz's conventional wisdom that might have gone undedected. The book is well researched and the examples and exercises are quickly...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insighting but not Exciting
This book is recommended by many as a classic learning tool for Jazz improvisation. The Author analysed a multitude of great solos and boiled them down to a few essential patterns that integrate really well with the IIm-V7 chord cadences found ubiquitously in Jazz. He then illustrates how different Jazz Greats used these few patterns with many creative variations in so...
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5.0 out of 5 stars CONNECTING CHORDS WITH LINEAR HARMONY, July 16 2003
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Sandy Poltarack (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony (Plastic Comb)
Burt Ligon has truely written a very useful and insightful work. He helps aspiring and established jazz players to understand why jazz lines (melodies) work. He gives us a window into a complex art form and helps us get a real handle on jazz's conventional wisdom that might have gone undedected. The book is well researched and the examples and exercises are quickly applicable. You can learn more in the first 10 pages of this book then in all the "jazz licks" books. Reading music is necessary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insighting but not Exciting, Aug. 26 2012
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This review is from: Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony (Plastic Comb)
This book is recommended by many as a classic learning tool for Jazz improvisation. The Author analysed a multitude of great solos and boiled them down to a few essential patterns that integrate really well with the IIm-V7 chord cadences found ubiquitously in Jazz. He then illustrates how different Jazz Greats used these few patterns with many creative variations in so many great tunes.

For a jazz guitarist with limited music reading skills and speed, I found this to be a rather "dry" book and approach. Lots of insights but I found it to be a real drag to follow through...
Insight - Yes ...but Excite...- No.

Perhaps I lost interest too early on. There might be great improvisation skills by the end of this rainbow but too many rainstorms!

I was disappointed but should keep trying...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for studying jazz harmony and easy to understand, Oct. 25 2013
This review is from: Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony (Plastic Comb)
I will use this book as a study for a very long time. Filled with musical examples from the greats with detailed explanation of how and why they played. Highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony, Nov. 6 2011
This review is from: Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony (Plastic Comb)
Has alot of theory. so it may take awhile to assimilate all of that. l just play the music a hope osmosis takes hold!
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