12 Lessons on Arpeggios For Jazz Guitar & Jazz Blues Soloing

Do arpeggios confuse you?
Do you want to know how to use arpeggios in a musical way?
Check out these 12 videos to level up your arpeggio game!

1. How to Combine Arpeggios with Pentatonic Ideas in Blues Guitar

2. How to Add Jazzy Arpeggios in Jazz Blues Soloing

3. How to Solo Over a II V I Progression Using Arpeggios for Jazz Guitar

4. E Major 7 Lydian Lick using Arpeggios and Intervallic Ideas

5. How to Combine Harmonic Minor and Arpeggios for Acoustic Guitar Soloing

6. How to Learn Triad Arpeggios On Guitar

7. How to Sound Jazzy Over F7 (Altered Scale Arpeggio Sub)

8. How To Create A Bebop Sound on a D7 Chord

9. How To Solo On Autumn Leaves (Or Any Turnaround Section)

10. How to Create An Altered Dominant Sound Using Jazz Arpeggios

11. How to Get a Tal Farlow/Pat Martino inspired sound:

12. How to Get a Nice Major 7th sound:


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[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe

Kuala Lumpur,Jan 20,2011. Toru Watanabe . Pix Mohd Izwan Mohd Nazam

Today’s #AzCreativeFridays is with the amazing Toru Watanabe. I remember my performing with him at No Black Tie with the awesome vocalist-guitarist Xiong and other shows with Brazilian musical maestro Valtinho Anastacio. Later on, I had the pleasure of performing regular gigs with Mr. Toru Watanabe at Star Cafe with various vocalists. He also invited me to play guitar on his album! I am grateful to have the opportunity to play so much music with him when he was in Kuala Lumpur.

But enough from my side, let’s learn more about him!

Toninho (Toru Watanabe), a drummer/ percussionist/ composer/ lyricist/ producer, was born in Tokyo. He started to play drums in a rock/pops band when he was a high school student.

When he entered Tokyo University he started to play jazz drums.

After his graduation from the university, he started working at an ad agency and meanwhile continued playing music.

Between 1990 and 1993 he stayed in New York, USA, learnt to play jazz piano and theories, then moved to São Paulo, Brazil and learnt Brazilian percussion.

He issued his first original CD titled “Wish” in 2000.

In 2008 he has moved to Kuala Lumpur, and for 10 years until he left KL in the end of 2017, he has been actively playing music there.

He played Brazilian music with Xiong, played standard jazz with “MJQ” and “Yagi-Fuse Quartet” and Japanese pops with “J.J.B.”.

Meanwhile he issued his 2nd original CD “Multilingual” in 2010, and has just released his 3rd CD “MY Kawan MY Music” in 2018.

Now he stays in Tokyo, Japan.

Now let’s find out what he’s been up to!

1. What’s your latest project? 

Just released my 3rd CD, titled “MY Kawan MY Music”, featuring singers and musicians with whom I have played in recent years, such as Az Samad, Xiong, Kirana Kay, Mazlina A Manan, Sharon Chong, Tay Cher Siang, Julian Chan, Aina Abdul, etc.

With participation of rich lineup of talented musicians, I think that the I could have created a fun album.

BTW, at the end of last year I have moved back to Tokyo.

Now I am starting to find opportunities of performing and creating music in Japan. Even though this is my home country/town, after 10 years of my stay in Malaysia, every day I feel fresh and enjoy my life in Tokyo!

2. What inspires your music?

I have been living in 5 countries (USA, Brazil, China, Malaysia & Japan) and travelled to many cities/countries. Knowing new places with different culture, language, people, and of course music, always makes me stimulated and gives me inspirations.

For example, before living in Brazil, I knew only a few names of rhythms of Brazilian music, such as samba and bossa nova. Actually exists thousands of different rhythms there. Knowing such things was every time eye-opening experience for me.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums?

– Sergio Mendes: Brasileiro

– Simone: Biana Da Gema

– Michael Franks: Sleeping Gypsy

– Leila Pinheiro: Isso É Bossa Nova

– Toko Furuuchi: Strength

Available here: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/strength/1030262820

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?

– Ms. Yurie Kokubu. She is a Japanese pop/R&B/gospel singer with approx. 30 years of carrier and more than 10 CD albums. Although she has a incredible talent and technique, she normally performs only in the church and seldom plays with a full set of the band. Last month (June 2018) luckily I could see her show at “Blues Alley Japan” which she made only once a year, and her performance was really great! I think that she should expose herself much more, for more people (not only in Japan but also in other countries such as Malaysia) could know her!

Ref: Yurie Kokubu/Relief 72 hours

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts?

Believe in yourself and keep on creating.

6. As a jazz drummer and percussionist, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

When I moved from China to Malaysia (in 2008), I tried to find out opportunities to play music, yet I knew nobody, nor nobody knew me… It was a biggest challenge for me to find somebody to play with me. I started going to music places such as No Black Tie and “Bangkok Jazz” (where every Thursday jam session was held at that time), etc. Fortunately I could have made many friends soon! Then I could have great opportunities to play music. One of the unforgettable projects was a collaboration with Az Samad at “Star Café”. Playing with Az was very exciting and, every time I could have played with amazing guest singer, whom Az invited, such as Sharon Chong, Cass Chong, Irena Taib, Cheryl Tan, etc. The project continued for almost one year, meanwhile I have enjoyed a lot.

7. How do we reach you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toruwjapan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toruwjapan/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmSG46qriMJm_y4L6h83o_A?view_as=subscriber
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/toru-watanabe-12

Thank you for your time maestro!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (25 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with jazz guitarist Jordan Klemons. Till next time! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator

[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe
Jazz Drummer

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #26: Jordan Klemons
Jazz Guitarist & Music Educator
Coming up September 28 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

[More about Az Samad]

Become a patron on my Patreon page:
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iTunes :
https://itunes.apple.com/my/album/karma-police-single/1305517964

Get my e-book “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book

Get my e-book “Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book2

Get lesson packs here:
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8 Blues Jams with 12 Amazing Guitarists: Blues & Jazz Blues Licks Galore!

The Blues is an amazing and rich tradition. Especially for guitarists, this is an essential part of developing our skills. For most improvising guitarists, you gotta have those blues licks in order to play and jam with anyone. So many times, the blues is what enabled me to play with musicians from different countries from USA, Europe, Britain, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. If you want to be able to TALK and JAM, you gotta have the blues. To learn the blues language, nothing beats learning it directly by ear, any licks that you LOVE and you LIKE.

Here are 8 jams I did with 12 amazing guitarists. Check them out and steal any guitar licks that catches your ear. Enjoy!

BONUS: Here’s something non-guitar from the Penang Island Jazz Festival, jamming with jazz saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen!

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Book Review: Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny

I finished this book in one sitting, experiencing it via the official website. The hardback is slated for a October 2nd release date but at the moment, Danny Iny is offering readers a chance to real the entire book via their website at https://leveragedlearningbook.com.

As a music educator and strong advocate for lifelong learning, I was really curious about Danny’s new book. Danny is the founder and CEO of Mirasee and best-selling author of nine published books. Previously, I was familiar with Danny’s work from his earlier work when the company was called Firepole Marketing.

Danny’s book is a really amazing work that distills a lot of current research and viewpoints on the failure of the modern education system. The biggest issue that I’ve really resonated with is how getting a degree doesn’t really guarantee a secure job. Danny goes through many different angles and perspectives to help the general reader gain a better take of the entire issue. The cool thing about the various chapters are the suggested books that allow serious readers to learn even more about each issue. The self assessments that close each chapter also blur the line between a book that is just read and a course. I could definitely see how Danny includes elements from his company’s work teaching course development.

My favorite parts of the book include the discussions on the changing landscape of learning. I really like the idea of transitioning to lifelong learning instead of the degree or college education as the endpoint. This was also the first time I learned about Foundational education, “Last mile” education and Continuing education as terms to describe different kinds of education. The idea of transformation instead of just information also resonated with me since that is a huge part of my own work as an educator.

In the end, I feel that it’s pretty cool what Danny and Mirasee have done by making this book available for free online via the website. Of course, for those interested to dive deeper, you can check out different ways to work & learn from Danny’s online courses that look awesome. I wouldn’t mind having a chance to study, experience and review those too if I got a chance!

Danny & Mirasee are you reading this? 🙂

Pros: A lot of material, ideas and distilled concepts from other books & thinkers collected in one book. This is a good starting point for anyone curious about the state of modern education.
Cons: None.
TLDR: It’s a good book that is easy to read through and worth getting as a reference for further study.

Read Leveraged Learning online & get your hardback copy here:
https://leveragedlearningbook.com

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Book Review: Beyond Chord Melody by Martin Taylor MBE

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Book Review: Daniel Donato – The New Master Of The Telecaster: Pathways To Dynamic Solos

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Course Review: Understanding & Applying the Chromatic Scale by Frank Vignola

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Book Review: Movable Shapes – Concepts for Reharmonizing ii-V-I’s by Sheryl Bailey

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Video Review: Accompanying A Vocalist by David Cook

Review #19

Book Review: Developing Bebop Lines by Jeff Ellwood

Review #18

Book Review: The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist by Sean McGowan

Review #17

Video Review: Essential Percussive Guitar Riffs with Jon Gomm

Review #16

Video Review: Minor Line Concepts by Jay Umble

Review #15

Video Review: 8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes by Randy Johnston

Review #14

Book Review: The Thesaurus of Scale Tone Chords by Alex Rogowski

Review #13

Video Review: Bebop Flow – Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 by Sheryl Bailey

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Book Review: Improvising Without Scales – The Intervallic Guitar System of Carl Verheyen

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Course Review: Liquid Fire Legato by Nick Layton

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Video Review: Dave Hill – Motif Development (Jazz Guitar Society)

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Book Review: A Guide to Developing a Chromatic Approach to Improvisation by Tony Greaves

Review #08

Course Review: Fundamentals of Picking by Fretboard Anatomy

Review #07

Book Review: Principles of Music by Bryan Baker

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Book Review: The Tao of Badass Guitar by Ben Higgins

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Book Review: Bach Scales by Jon De Lucia

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Book Review: Extended Scale Playing for Guitar by Joe Puma

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Book Review: Between the Voicings by Hristo Vitchev

Review #02

Book Review: Voicing Modes – A Chord Voicing Approach to Hearing and Practicing Modes by Noel Johnston

Review #01

Book Review: The Outside Sounds and Substitutions of Modern Saxophonists for Jazz Guitar by Kevin Miller

[Submissions for Review Consideration]

  • Are you an author who wrote a jazz, guitar or music book?
  • Have you created a DVD or an online video course or subscription based website?
  • Would you like me to review your book/course?

Please send me a message at azsamad2 at gmail.com with:

For courses: a link to the course/video/product + access info etc.
For books: a link to the book (Dropbox) or PDF attachment (if it’s small) for review consideration.

Depending on whether I dig the book/course, I’ll let you know if I do plan to review it!

I cannot guarantee a review for every submission & if I’m not too into it, I may opt not to review it. I mean, it’s better to get a good review that for me to write a bad review just because it’s not a match for the kind of stuff I dig right? :p

NOTE: All reviews reflect my honest personal opinion so be aware that I will point out both cool Pros and Cons that I see in the work. You dig? 🙂

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[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey

Facebook was probably where I first discovered the amazing artistry of Josh Maxey. A prolific creative musician, I kept seeing his posts on various Facebook jazz groups. I slowly learned more about his music over time and grew to admire his immense discipline and dedication to music.

One of the projects that Josh spearheaded was a cool 6-part video series where he compiled mini jazz guitar lesson from educators from all over the world who were part of the FB group, Jazz Guitar Addiction:

Let’s learn more about Josh!

Josh Maxey is a musician and guitar teacher based in New York City. Josh’s music has been played all around the world on jazz radio and has received dozens of critical reviews. Josh has made a series of albums which began with a six album series recorded over twelve months. It documented 50 original composition recordings with 20+ musicians. Celebration of Soul was the 10th album in that series and the first to be released on Miles High Records. The album received wide radio play and critical attention. Josh has taught private guitar lessons since 2003, as well as at many of the largest guitar schools in New York City, NY and Denver, Colorado. Josh has worked with hundreds of students helping them develop fluency on the guitar. Josh does in person lesson in NYC as well as Skype and video lessons. In addition to teaching full-time Josh can be seen playing in New York City and Denver Colorado. He is often a featured musical artist on the Periscope streaming app.

Now, let’s see what he’s been up to.

1. What’s your latest project?

My family just moved back to NYC. I’ve been focused on teaching since the move. It’s going well! I keep a busy teaching schedule with in person as well as weekly Skype/FB Video lessons.

I have recorded and released a lot of music in the past few years. (JoshMaxey.com) I have 3 new albums either completed or nearly so that I’d like to release in the next year. I’m deciding what the best way to do it is.

I enjoy playing on the streaming app Periscope (@JoshuaMaxey) a few nights a week. Recently the app has featured me in the “Discover Your Next Favorite Musician” section and the broadcasts have ten thousand or more viewers. That’s a lot of fun and I get to play through new music ideas and answer guitar questions.

2. What inspires your music? 

My favorite music inspires me. For me, music has its own worlds with places and views and meaning. The people closest to me are always a source of inspiration. They make every minute better.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums?

Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

Rodney Jones, The X Field
Available here:
https://www.amazon.com/X-Field-Rodney-Jones/dp/B000000FPY

The Grateful Dead One From the Vault

Phish, The Clifford Ball

Jessica Martinez Maxey, Ancient Memory
Available here:
https://jessicamartinezmaxey.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-memory

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?

Nathen Page has had a huge influence on my playing. His intervalic playing was way before its time (might still be?). I love it!

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts? 

I feel like I had pretty great advice early on and through the years. I saw what careers in music looked like as I was learning. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t really said. I can share something that was said that I find more and more true, though. Which is, “It _IS_worth it.” Keep going. Being a musician, creative, an artist, all deal with the beauty and core elements of life and it’s well worth dedicating a lifetime to.

6. As a jazz guitarist, composer and educator, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

That’s a deep one! I don’t think have overcome them.

7. How do we reach you?
Website: JoshMaxey.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/JoshuaMaxey
Instagram: @joshuamaxey
YouTube: YouTube.com/JoshuaMaxey
Twitter & Periscope: @joshuamaxey & @joshuamaxey
Other Website(s): https://joshuamaxey.bandcamp.com

Thank you for your time Josh!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (24 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with jazz drummer Toru Watanabe. Till next time! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe
Jazz Drummer
Coming up September 21 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

[More about Az Samad]

Become a patron on my Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/azsamad

Get my New Cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police“ out now!
iTunes :
https://itunes.apple.com/my/album/karma-police-single/1305517964

Get my e-book “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book

Get my e-book “Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book2

Get lesson packs here:
http://www.azsamad.com/lessonpacks

Spotify : (Follow me on spotify!)
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New Book: Jazz Guitar Licks & Etudes 2

Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes 2 E-Book


“This book will be a great tool for you whether you’re an aspiring jazz musician or a professionals musician. It’s truly a great introduction to the concepts and theory behind the language of jazz. The very “real-life” examples in the book reminds me of what should be/can be practiced and also inspire lots of ideas to be explored and add to my own arsenal!”

– Sean Lew, Guitarist for SeaTravel

The 4th E-book by Az Samad, Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes 2 is the continuation of the previous title (that had the same name minus that number 2).

This volume contains 14 Exercises, 25 jazz guitar licks and 3 etudes designed to help you develop your jazz guitar skills.

You will learn licks that incorporate classic Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Pat Martino bluesy and bebop sounds to more modern intervallic phrases inspired by the playing of Julian Lage, Tim Miller and John Stowell.

You will receive a 29 page E-book (PDF File) containing:

14 EXERCISES

  • 4 Warmup Exercises
  • 5 Alternate Picking Exercises
  • 5 Sweep Picking Exercises

25 LICKS

  • 5 Bb7 Jazz Blues Licks
  • 5 Major Pentatonic Licks
  • 5 Jazz Funk Chromatic MinorLicks
  • 5 Lydian b7 Licks
  • 5 Whole Tone Licks

3 ETUDES

  • Jazz Blues Etude #3
  • Blue Monk (Solo Etude #2)
  • Recordame (Solo Etude #3)

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“Cikgu Az, I went through the book already. All I can say that it is a superb book! Now I have the key to listen to jazz by playing some of the etudes in the book (ok, I tried, but it doesn’t work for my ears). All the licks are helpful as you put all the common licks from alternate picking to sweep picking exercise.

Conclusion? This book is a must have for every practicing musician for all level especially myself who is not a professional musician but still want to practice and improve myself when I have the time. I now can practice some etudes rather than scale while watching tv just incase I really don’t have time.

Thank you for coming up with this book, it solved a bit of “how to play jazz” for a non jazz player like me. At least there is something to show and talk about when someone asked me about jazz. Keep up the good work!

Btw…..I honestly think that this book must be in the pocket of every musician! Now we can play a bit of jazz without having the real and fake book!”
-Rezza, Rock guitarist from the bands Vega & Xs Denied


“A simple & detailed guide book for those who are looking for ideas on exercises, jazz improvisations. This book contains many ideas that will open up your mind on guitar playing.”
– Vai Leong, Pop/Rock Guitarist


REVIEWS AND QUOTES FOR PAST BOOKS:

JAZZ GUITAR LICKS AND ETUDES

“Such a compact book of practical materials for every serious jazz musician,
which helps to craft one’s musicality as well as creativity.”
– MARS SIU-HONG LEE, PRESIDENT OF MACAU JAZZ PROMOTION ASSOCIATION

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“It’s precise, concise and straight to the point. It would really help those who are trying to get new ideas for their jazz improvisation or those who are trying to learn jazz (newbies).”
– ELMER HO (elmerdraco), COMPOSER

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“A simple yet effective book from a virtuoso. Az’s musical wisdoms written concisely; and accurately defining jazz in all forms.”
– RAY CHEONG – MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, GUITARIST & PRODUCER

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“Definitely something new and unique! A huge pool of riffs, licks, and ideas for you to experiment with. For myself, it helped me discover some unpredictable melodic styles and some different fingering approaches. It also made me think about different ways to approach the same lick and branch out from it to create my own ideas. Super handy if you’re stuck or not sure how to get started because you can just start off with any lick and go off on your own personal tangent after that. All in all, a great little book for anyone looking for more insight into some of the stylistic components of jazz and improvisation as well. Oh! And such beautiful etudes too!”

– LI YING – MUSICIAN, ARTIST & AVID LEARNER

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“Az Samad’s delightful collection of exercises and etudes is a fantastic resource for anybody hoping to develop increased dexterity and character as a guitarist and improviser. Each of these is cleverly and purposefully devised to improve skills across a range of disciplines including finger-work, musical vocabulary, as well as understanding of both fundamental and complex harmony. Playing and studying these masterful compositions also highlights and reveals the author’s truly immense knowledge and love of both his instrument and his craft.”

– GABRIEL LYNCH, SINGER-SONGWRITER

 

[What People Have Been Saying About Jazz Improvisation Uncovered]

Am touched by the kind words from Julian Lage on my first book, “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered”. Julian has been a major influence to my music, guitar playing and career for many years and I am humbled by him taking time to read my book & write this. Thank you Julian!

“A beautiful meditation on the craft and life of a practicing musician, this book is filled with insights from a master player.”

Julian Lage, Jazz Guitarist & Composer

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It’s really a magical feeling to get such wonderful feedback from amazing musicians that I admire!
Thank you for the kind words on my first book, Professor Abigail Zocher! 🙂
“This book drew me in right away with it’s beautifully articulated truths, bringing to mind Mick Goodrick’s “Advancing Guitarist”. As I read I found things, one after the other, that I wanted to share with students and spend much time with myself. The book gives you a sound and whole overview of the world of jazz improvisation study and performance, and allows you to zoom in on each landscape.”
Abigail Zocher, Professor, Berklee College of Music

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Just received some kind words from Berklee College of Music Associate Professor Ben Sher about my new book, “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered”. Ben taught me so much about jazz, Brazilian guitar styles and improvisation during my time at Berklee.

Thank you Ben! 🙂

“A very nice collection of ideas to explore. Not so much about the specifics of any one subject, more of a sort of stream of conscious potpourri of different concepts and ideas for an aspiring musician to look into on their own. If you’re looking for something new to practice, this book won’t tell you specifically what to work on but will give you a lot of different approaches, and then leaves it up to you to pursue whatever interests you.”
Ben Sher, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music
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My new book, “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered” just received great feedback from Italian Fingerstyle Guitarist Paolo Sereno (someone who Don Ross described as “Italy’s grooviest guitar player!)

“A book full of wise things bravo and thank you again!”

Paolo Sereno, Italian Fingerstyle Guitarist 

Thank you Paolo for the kind words!
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“Wow! I can’t say I’ve ever come across a book of this size packed with so much useful information. Az minces no words, and his breadth of experience and understanding is immediately evident. It’s all laid out in a clear and concise manner. I would recommend this to anyone, at any level, on any instrument.” 
Taylor Roberts, 7-String Jazz Guitarist & Benedetto Artist
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“This e-book has great insights, thoughts on the discipline that’s needed for a guitarist who wishes to explore and expand his/her knowledge in thinking musically, especially improvisation.
I enjoyed reading Az’s writing because somehow I felt it adds a different depth in how I would approach practicing. I would recommend this e-book for anyone who is looking for a new or perhaps a different way of practicing and playing the guitar.”Nazrin, Composer & Session Guitarist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Reading Az Samad’s ‘Jazz Improvisation Uncovered’ gives great insight by pinpointing some of the simple mistakes very often done during improvisation and practise routine. In this e-book, Az Samad emphasises on following a systematic approach on becoming an effective jazz player and also to understand the jazz methodology in general. Recommended, no matter what instrument you play.”

Malcom Lapok, Pianist
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“An excellent book for anyone searching to improve their jazz improvisation skill, and also abilities to play by ears. Lots of insightful information!”

Seng Jinn, Singapore
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“Az Samad’s first book is a comprehensive theoretical framework for every musician’s mind. A bite sized piece of secret wisdom produced by a knowledged and hardened professional.

Every topic discussed was produced and mastered like a vinyl album, with each song addressing every dissonant question with a harmonious answer.

On a personal note.
Post consumption of these materials written, breaks and spaces within my mind as a musician had been filled in with knowledgeable riffs and passages.

Now my disembodied phrases and melodies have a flow and continuity, like how a proper musician should learn to think, express and improvise.”

Don Renkai, Malacca, Malaysia

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“Nice book Az, this is exactly what I wanted to read when I started learning Jazz, I wish I could read this book earlier. I love those answers, I love those quotes, super inspiring! Congrats, Az!”

Leo Quyuan, China


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[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon


Sharon is our very first Creative Fridays feature from the video games industry. She works as a composer and sound designer in Singapore. I first met Sharon at last year’s amazing Level Up conference in Kuala Lumpur. It was inspiring to hear her talk and discover more about her experiences creating music and sound design for video games. Along with her colleague Gwen, I was guided into the behind the scenes working of an industry that I have been fascinated with. Let’s learn more about her:

Sharon is one of the co-founders of IMBA Interactive along with two other partners who share the vision of bringing about positive change in the industry. These days, aside from creating original music compositions and customised sound design for games, she finds herself travelling around the region, championing and sharing about the importance of audio in games to developers and students. Of the many games she’s involved in, some have gotten awards in Indie Game Festival China 2013, Tokyo Game show Indie Prize 2015 and the Silver Award and the Best Music and Sound Effect Award at Bahamut ACG 2016.

Now let’s see what she’s been up to!

1. What’s your latest project?
I am currently working on No Straight Roads along with my colleague Gwen. It’s a project by the awesome team Metronomik. Really exciting stuff ahead of us!


2. What inspires your music? 

Everyone gets inspired differently, for me I need to get in the zone. If I am relaxed and at a good place in my heart It’s a lot easier to express something I want. Sometimes, I play a tune and build on that first tone of inspiration. What helps me to be motivated to want to compose beautiful music is when I play and sing to God freely, it’s very personal but when I do that all my stress or anxieties are released. My creative juices gets filled up at the same time.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums? 

Moments: Mighty Sound by Bethel Music

Without words: Synesthesia by Bethel Music

Song of the sea (original motion picture soundtrack)

OO by Zion.T

Justice

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?
Kim Walker is one of the artist that I admire. One of the songs that touched me deeply when I first discovered her songs is “I need you more”. It helps me surrender to what I can’t control in today’s world, it reminds me that there’s hope and there’s something bigger than me outside of what I know.

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts?
You are going to be fine, you have a great future ahead of you. Don’t worry too much about what you should do. Don’t compare, it’s an endless pit hole.


6. As a audio professional in the video game industry, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

Sometimes I feel that I am never going to good or recognised enough in my industry. But after reflecting my work, I realised that actually the work or however excellent I do doesn’t define me too, if you strip off everything there’s still this character in me that no one can take away and all the experiences that has made me. I should value myself more than what I can gain on the outside.

My biggest hurdle is my own mindset and what recite in my mind or speak. I notice that that’s what will become of who I am. So I try my best to meditate on scripture, words that build me up and not bring me down.

7. How do we reach you?
Website: imbainteractive.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluecoffe3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluecoffe3/
Twitter: bluecoffe3

Thank you for your time Sharon!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (23 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with Jazz Guitarist & Educator, Josh Maxey. Till next time! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator
Coming up September 14 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

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1) 35 Basic Guitar Chords For Beginners (NEW)
2) Jazz Improvisation Uncovered
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Video Review: Triste Masterclass by Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston is a great musician with extremely musical, beautiful and virtuosic ideas. The best thing about his approach to teaching jazz guitar is that he has summarised his years of experience into elegant concepts into this Triste Masterclass. I worked on this Triste Masterclass video after recently studying (and reviewing) his earlier video called Simplifying Jazz Guitar video.

In Triste Masterclass by Randy Johnston, you basically get a 1-hour private lesson with Randy breaking down his approach to Triste. It’s great because unlike a one-off private lesson, you’ll be able to revisit the video as many times as you want to really master the material. It’s difficult to pick favorite parts of the video as Randy shares really musical examples that are practically all worth transcribing.

In addition to multiple performances of the song, you get to learn a solo chord melody version of Triste, motivic soloing over the changes of the tune and also how to use tetrachords to improvise on the song. This is a great extension of his previous Simplifying Jazz Guitar video that I recently reviewed.

For the solo guitar version, Randy highlights the importance of creating a coherent arrangement that flows. It’s not just about the pretty voicings (although there are plenty of those in the video!)

In short, if you like the song or Randy’s playing – this is a great video to invest in. Lots of stuff to learn and Randy’s easygoing vibe helps make it fun to go through the video.

Pros: Includes a beautiful chord melody version of Triste and a great motivic soloing lesson over the changes of the tune.
Cons: No notated transcription of the arrangement. However, a PDF with the lead sheet & chord diagrams + step by step breakdown of the arrangement are amazing. So, you should be able to learn the arrangement even better by copying all the nuances of Randy’s tasteful playing guided by the PDF.
TLDR: If you like the song Triste, this is a great video to help you play even better on this beautiful composition. If you’ve never learned this tune before, this is a great way to learn it.

Get your copy here:
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[Read more Reviews]

Review #28

Book Review: 21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives by Mark McGuinness

Review #27

Video Review: Simplifying Jazz Guitar by Randy Johnston

Review #26

Book Review: Triad Pairs – The First Step by Tony Greaves

Review #25

Book Review: Four Etudes for the Right Hand by Gyan Riley

Review #24

Book Review: Beyond Chord Melody by Martin Taylor MBE

Review #23

Book Review: Daniel Donato – The New Master Of The Telecaster: Pathways To Dynamic Solos

Review #22

Course Review: Understanding & Applying the Chromatic Scale by Frank Vignola

Review #21

Book Review: Movable Shapes – Concepts for Reharmonizing ii-V-I’s by Sheryl Bailey

Review #20

Video Review: Accompanying A Vocalist by David Cook

Review #19

Book Review: Developing Bebop Lines by Jeff Ellwood

Review #18

Book Review: The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist by Sean McGowan

Review #17

Video Review: Essential Percussive Guitar Riffs with Jon Gomm

Review #16

Video Review: Minor Line Concepts by Jay Umble

Review #15

Video Review: 8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes by Randy Johnston

Review #14

Book Review: The Thesaurus of Scale Tone Chords by Alex Rogowski

Review #13

Video Review: Bebop Flow – Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 by Sheryl Bailey

Review #12

Book Review: Improvising Without Scales – The Intervallic Guitar System of Carl Verheyen

Review #11

Course Review: Liquid Fire Legato by Nick Layton

Review #10

Video Review: Dave Hill – Motif Development (Jazz Guitar Society)

Review #09

Book Review: A Guide to Developing a Chromatic Approach to Improvisation by Tony Greaves

Review #08

Course Review: Fundamentals of Picking by Fretboard Anatomy

Review #07

Book Review: Principles of Music by Bryan Baker

Review #06

Book Review: The Tao of Badass Guitar by Ben Higgins

Review #05

Book Review: Bach Scales by Jon De Lucia

Review #04

Book Review: Extended Scale Playing for Guitar by Joe Puma

Review #03

Book Review: Between the Voicings by Hristo Vitchev

Review #02

Book Review: Voicing Modes – A Chord Voicing Approach to Hearing and Practicing Modes by Noel Johnston

Review #01

Book Review: The Outside Sounds and Substitutions of Modern Saxophonists for Jazz Guitar by Kevin Miller

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For courses: a link to the course/video/product + access info etc.
For books: a link to the book (Dropbox) or PDF attachment (if it’s small) for review consideration.

Depending on whether I dig the book/course, I’ll let you know if I do plan to review it!

I cannot guarantee a review for every submission & if I’m not too into it, I may opt not to review it. I mean, it’s better to get a good review that for me to write a bad review just because it’s not a match for the kind of stuff I dig right? :p

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Book Review: 21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives by Mark McGuinness

This new book by Mark McGuinness comes at the right time. A prolific writer, poet, coach and podcaster he has been helping creative professionals for the past 21 years.

As a subscriber to his e-mail newsletter, I’ve reaped a lot of benefits from his creative insights over the years. I loved Mark McGuinness’s previous book Productivity for Creative People and his new book ranks highly in my books as well.

Mark has summarised 21 very important insights (many that I’ve personally observed and strongly agree with) for creatives who wish to have a thriving and growing career in today’s world. Some may seem logical and some may seem oversimplified but the truth is Mark speaks about the reality of things.

One of my favourite insights is number 8 where he describes the four types of work that creatives do. He explains why the riskiest kind of work is the one that will benefit creatives in the long run.

If you are a creative, you should read this book now and get the essence of it. Personally, I have already made this required reading for all my private music students. Strongly recommended, get it now. Thank you Mark for writing this!

Pros: Practical real world advice, tips and insights.
Cons: None
TLDR: If you’re a creative, get this book and read it. Especially since the book is currently available as a gift from the author, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Get your copy here:
http://21stcenturycreative.fm/21insights

[Read more Reviews]

Review #27

Video Review: Simplifying Jazz Guitar by Randy Johnston

Review #26

Book Review: Triad Pairs – The First Step by Tony Greaves

Review #25

Book Review: Four Etudes for the Right Hand by Gyan Riley

Review #24

Book Review: Beyond Chord Melody by Martin Taylor MBE

Review #23

Book Review: Daniel Donato – The New Master Of The Telecaster: Pathways To Dynamic Solos

Review #22

Course Review: Understanding & Applying the Chromatic Scale by Frank Vignola

Review #21

Book Review: Movable Shapes – Concepts for Reharmonizing ii-V-I’s by Sheryl Bailey

Review #20

Video Review: Accompanying A Vocalist by David Cook

Review #19

Book Review: Developing Bebop Lines by Jeff Ellwood

Review #18

Book Review: The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist by Sean McGowan

Review #17

Video Review: Essential Percussive Guitar Riffs with Jon Gomm

Review #16

Video Review: Minor Line Concepts by Jay Umble

Review #15

Video Review: 8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes by Randy Johnston

Review #14

Book Review: The Thesaurus of Scale Tone Chords by Alex Rogowski

Review #13

Video Review: Bebop Flow – Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 by Sheryl Bailey

Review #12

Book Review: Improvising Without Scales – The Intervallic Guitar System of Carl Verheyen

Review #11

Course Review: Liquid Fire Legato by Nick Layton

Review #10

Video Review: Dave Hill – Motif Development (Jazz Guitar Society)

Review #09

Book Review: A Guide to Developing a Chromatic Approach to Improvisation by Tony Greaves

Review #08

Course Review: Fundamentals of Picking by Fretboard Anatomy

Review #07

Book Review: Principles of Music by Bryan Baker

Review #06

Book Review: The Tao of Badass Guitar by Ben Higgins

Review #05

Book Review: Bach Scales by Jon De Lucia

Review #04

Book Review: Extended Scale Playing for Guitar by Joe Puma

Review #03

Book Review: Between the Voicings by Hristo Vitchev

Review #02

Book Review: Voicing Modes – A Chord Voicing Approach to Hearing and Practicing Modes by Noel Johnston

Review #01

Book Review: The Outside Sounds and Substitutions of Modern Saxophonists for Jazz Guitar by Kevin Miller

[Submissions for Review Consideration]

  • Are you an author who wrote a jazz, guitar or music book?
  • Have you created a DVD or an online video course or subscription based website?
  • Would you like me to review your book/course?

Please send me a message at azsamad2 at gmail.com with:

For courses: a link to the course/video/product + access info etc.
For books: a link to the book (Dropbox) or PDF attachment (if it’s small) for review consideration.

Depending on whether I dig the book/course, I’ll let you know if I do plan to review it!

I cannot guarantee a review for every submission & if I’m not too into it, I may opt not to review it. I mean, it’s better to get a good review that for me to write a bad review just because it’s not a match for the kind of stuff I dig right? :p

NOTE: All reviews reflect my honest personal opinion so be aware that I will point out both cool Pros and Cons that I see in the work. You dig? 🙂

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