It feels like quartal voicings have been part of modal jazz sound since forever. Popularised by musicians like McCoy Tyner, these sounds are now standard for jazzers.
With this book, Hristo brings in new sounds & technical challenges. He’s taken the standard 4-part quartal voicing and ‘offset’ notes into different octaves.
This reimagines ‘standard quartal voicings’ into more modern sounds. As I tried the voicings, I found new sounds that I’d like to include into my comping.
It gave hands a workout! Boy, some of these are difficult.
I recommend using a guitar with lower action, slim neck & access to higher frets to make it easier.
The shapes are shown via fretboard diagrams, standard notation & tablature. Hristo is very systematic & this is helpful.
Practice tip: Definitely warm up before playing these. Some of the stretches are very challenging. You might need to hold the guitar up ‘Stowell’ style to grab these shapes. Take it slow and dig into a few at a time.
This is stuff for long term work.
I would recommend this eBook for intermediate & advanced guitarists. This is not for beginners to jazz guitar voicings.
In conclusion, check this eBook out if you’re a fan of modern & modal voicings for comping.
Pros: Well organised & systematic.
Cons: No examples of material in context of tunes. This is strictly a reference type of book.
TLDR: If you’re a cool cat who like cool chords, this might be just for you.
This book was a gift from Hristo to me. Thanks Hristo!
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