If you've been biting at the bit to learn jazz guitar but have found all of the courses you've tried too thick with theory, too many exercises, or too overwhelming with information - you are not alone. For every player that has learned to play jazz guitar using traditional methodology, there are thousands who threw their hands up in frustration and put the material back in their bookcase. That's the bad news.
The good news? At last, in 1-2-3 Jazz, Frank Vignola presents an intuitive approach for learning how to play jazz guitar without a trace of theory, no tedious exercises and no long drawn out hyperbole about modes, altered chords and similar rocket science.
In fact, this approach is also exactly how the original jazz cats learned their jazz guitar trade; with their ears, a few chords, a few rhythms, and a few techniques for jazzing up a tune's melody. Whether you're a late beginner, advanced rocker, master bluesman or singer-songwriter, Frank Vignola's 1-2-3 Jazz will get you up and running faster than you could possibly imagine. Guaranteed.
Vignola's approach is simple and highly effective. First he'll teach you just three movable chords; a major 7th, minor 7th and a dominant 9th. These three chords alone will power you through hundreds of jazz standards and progressions.
Rhythm guitar and comping is next; Frank demonstrates and walks you through just three jazz rhythms: a swing, the Charleston and a Latin rhythm. Again, thousands of jazz tunes are played with these three jazz rhythms.
You'll then learn the rhythm guitar parts for six popular jazz standards; Ja Da, Bill Bailey, April Showers, Georgia On My Mind, Avalon and St. Louis Blues. Play-alongs for each tune assure that you'll nail the timing, rhythms and jazz feel for each part.
Finally, Vignola shows you how to learn a melody and then "jazz it up" using just three embellishments. You'll learn the melodies for all six standards and then learn how to solo over the tunes' progressions by simply jazzing up their respective melodies using Frank's three techniques.
Learn these three chords, three rhythms, three ways to jazz up melodies and you'll be well on your way to playing the rhythm parts, melodies and blowing solos for hundreds of jazz standards.
Frank provides tab and standard notation for everything but urges you to use your ears to get the melodies, rhythms and embellishments in your head. Do that and you're home free.