Wow. This book is deceptively difficult. This book mainly focuses on learning new jazzy chords. You will need knowledge of music theory such as your scales and chord degrees because Mickey doesn't really explain any of the theory behind his techniques. But it's a challenging read and will definitely be a good book in any aspiring guitarists. Plus it's dirt cheap for the knowledge you'll get.
The lessons in this book have changed my song writing. This isn't a beginner book but if you are willing to plug through i was able to teach some of this to my more advanced students. Great book for any guitarists shelf
I was happy to see this book still in print. Everyone I admire as a complete guitarist seems to have had this book at one time or another. The first few pages will keep you busy for a while. Highly recommended.
I was lucky enough to come across this ancient and precious book in the '90s, and I'm delighted to see it back in print. Aside from an old book on Django Reinhardt's style specifically, this is the best introduction to jazz guitar I've ever read.
It's a very dated book in a way that I find quite charming, but that certainly doesn't make it obsolete. Every jazz guitarist I know has a copy of this tucked somewhere. It's best if you come to it with a rudimentary knowledge of the instrument: if you've plunked away at a couple of solos and strummed a few songs, it will be exponentially easier to progress, but for the intermediate player of any style, the understanding of jazz phrasing and comping you get here will be useful to take a big step forward in your playing.
I bought Mickey's book - his complete course in jazz guitar. Six months later I went to Cuba and sat in with the hotel band, and they were agog at my playing. Other guests were patting me on the back. The third day the head chef came out out and told me what a good musician I was. Seriously. The first few pages where he shows how to comp, how to get harmonic movement, are worth their weight in gold.