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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Logical Place To Start
The beginning guitarist often buys one of the many chord books, typically entitled something like "1000 Guitar Chords!" in his or her search to advance. But once they start looking throuugh these massive volumes the reaction is not enlightenment, but desapir. What are all these chords for? Which ones do I have to know? And when do I actually use them...
Published on July 24 2003 by Michael J. Edelman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy and practice learning book for jazz guitarrist
I think that this book is a good beginners jazz guitarrist option. You can learn easily chords, scales, and jazz and rock progressions.
Published on Oct. 27 1998


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Logical Place To Start, July 24 2003
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Michael J. Edelman (Huntington Woods, MI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Chords & Progressions for Jazz & Popular Guitar (Paperback)
The beginning guitarist often buys one of the many chord books, typically entitled something like "1000 Guitar Chords!" in his or her search to advance. But once they start looking throuugh these massive volumes the reaction is not enlightenment, but desapir. What are all these chords for? Which ones do I have to know? And when do I actually use them?
Luckily, though, there's Arnie Berle. This boook will guide anyone from the rank beginner through the intermediate guitarist through the maze of chords. Rather than the usual listings- "here's every possible C shord in every position"- Arnie starts out simply and builds on basics, showing you at every step how chords function, where they come from, and why you might want to use a particular form in a particular situation.
The book starts with open chords, and then moves into the rocker's favorite, 6 string bar chords, with plenty of examples of common progressions. From there it's on to 4 and 5 string jazz voicings, along with copious examples, and simplified 3-string rhythm chords for the swing or big band guitarist. By the time you finish with this book- and you might take anywhere from a month to a year, depending on how you went at it- you should be able to start with a simple lead sheet and make your own hip rhythym part.
I'd recommend this book to beginners inetrested in learning something beyond simple open chords- particularly those with a bit of jazz interest. I'd also recommend it to any intermediate-level guitarist who wants to go beyond the basic rock chords into something a little hipper. There's something here for most every player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, comprehensive book on jazz chord voicings, March 8 2000
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David Sobson (Fort Collins, CO) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Chords & Progressions for Jazz & Popular Guitar (Paperback)
This is a great book for the intermediate guitarist, or for advanced players looking to move into the jazz arena. (Not for novices: only the first 29 pgs. out of 126 are beginner-level info. The learning curve gets a good deal steeper after that.) The book first walks you through basic jazz chord forms (with roots on 6th and 5th strings), then into inversions (seemingly every conceivable type!). Next, you get to deal with extensions, alterations, embellishments, and substitutions for I, II, and V chords (and, ultimately, any major, minor, or dominant). The rest of the book is fleshed out with smaller sections on triads, chord melody playing, comping, etc., which work to tie the concepts together. The format is mainly chord diagrams, indicating both fingering and note values (roots, 3rds, etc.). Works best taken in doses, working with each concept until absorbed. Used along with a study of scales/modes and their use around various chord shape, you could become a true fretboard master!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Neophyte Guitarist, Jan. 2 1999
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This review is from: Chords & Progressions for Jazz & Popular Guitar (Paperback)
Unlike a lot of books that expect you to already know some music theory before you use them, this book doesn't assume anything.
It bogs you down a little with the inversions they have you memorize, and the chords that look like fractions and chemistry symbols are intimidating, but at least you start out slow and easy...by the time you're into the inversion chapter you've already been able to hear your progress in a jazz-flavored accompaniment to "Blue Moon". I myself was amazed after I played it and could actually superimpose the song over the chord changes in my mind; I could say, yeah, that works!
I wish all guitar instruction books were programmed the way this one is. By the end of the book, and I'm not there yet, you really know your music, and not just jazz, either!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best jazz books ever written, Jan. 23 2002
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I own a half-dozen different jazz method books and this is one of the best. Written in 1986, and purchased by me in 1992, this book is still in print, which literally proves its long-lasting value. I am primarily a blues guitarist but like to experiment with beautiful sounding jazz chords. This book is proof that the way to master jazz is not to memorize hundreds of individual chords in no relation to one another, but instead to understand chords as a series of harmonic progressions that make up a melody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book written by a great teacher, May 31 2002
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DE LUCCA ROBERTO (San Pietro di Feletto, Treviso Italy) - See all my reviews
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Arnie is a great teacher...The book is perfect to understand progressions, chord substitutions and so on... If you're trying to understand the jazz basics and if you want to succeed in jazz, this book is for you. Thank you Arnie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Jazz Guitar Chord Introduction, July 21 2000
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Bkay1 (Sheboygan, WI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Chords & Progressions for Jazz & Popular Guitar (Paperback)
This book is highly recommended. The author touches on jazz progressions, rhythms, inversions, substitutions, fingerstyle, chord-melody solos, alterered chords, and a host of other techniques that the novice or intermediate jazz guitarist will find interesting, challanging, and if mastered, very rewarding. To understand the author's theoretical explanations the reader should have rudimentary knowledge of harmony and melody. I found the book to be very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book for Beginning to Intermediate guitarists, Nov. 7 1999
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Very good book! I have several of Arnie's books.. Valuable info
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book for learning chords on jazz progressions,, May 20 1999
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This review is from: Chords & Progressions for Jazz & Popular Guitar (Paperback)
this is a good book for learning chords and jazz progressions. it starts off fairly simple and gets more complicated as the book continues.it gets pretty in depth and does explain the material in a logical way but u have to stick with it to get the most out of it.If u want to learn chords and jazz progressions i would recommend this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book for learning chords on jazz progressions,, May 20 1999
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This review is from: Chords & Progressions for Jazz & Popular Guitar (Paperback)
this is a good book for learning chords and jazz progressions. it starts off fairly simple and gets more complicated as the book continues.it gets pretty in depth and does explain the material in a logical way but u have to stick with it to get the most out of it.If u want to learn chords and jazz progressions i would recommend this one
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy and practice learning book for jazz guitarrist, Oct. 27 1998
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I think that this book is a good beginners jazz guitarrist option. You can learn easily chords, scales, and jazz and rock progressions.
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