One of the most popular and effective ways to learn how to play jazz is to learn how to play all of the most popular jazz standards. Guitar players usually start the learning process by learning the chords, comping patterns and other accompaniment techniques.
In this second volume of Frank Vignola’s Jazz Guitar Fakebook: Rhythm you’ll learn the chords, substitutions, rhythms and comping approaches for the jazz progressions found in 30 more of the most popular jazz standards.
”I perform a playalong for each of the 30 songs, where I vary the chord voicings and comping approaches across multiple choruses, just like I would on the bandstand. Each study is also charted out with chord grids illustrating the exact chords that I play throughout the playalong. Reference the charts and play along with me to expand your chord vocabulary while also developing your comping skills. Of course, you can also use the playalongs to practice improvising solos over these popular jazz progressions.”
Frank handpicked these 30 progressions based on 30 more of the most commonly encountered jazz standards being called out on the gig or on the jam bandstand:
All Blues, Autumn Leaves, Bebop Blues, Beautiful Love, Body & Soul, Bye Bye Blues, Carioca, C Jam Blues, Corcovado, Exactly Like You, Honey Suckle Rose, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Jersey Bounce, Little Darling, Lover Man, Misty, Moon Glow, Perdido, Pick Yourself Up, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Recorda Me, September Song, Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, Sweet Georgia Brown, S’Wonderful, Talk of the Town, The Man I Love, Undecided, What’s New, and Young at Heart.
Frank starts each playalong with basic jazz chords and comping patterns, but as he progresses through the performance, he’ll use substitutions and more sophisticated chord voicings just like you would on the bandstand. He’ll also use more advanced comping patterns and techniques to help you improve your jazz rhythm guitar skills.
All of the performances are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. The charts include chord grids of the voicings Frank uses throughout the playalong. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the material. Plus, Frank generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
All of the rhythm tracks were recorded live in the studio with top NYC jazz players, which makes working with them even more like what you’d hear from other musicians in a gig or jam setting.
While the Rhythm Editions of the Frank’s Jazz Guitar Fake Books are designed primarily to help players improve their rhythm guitar and accompaniment skills, you’ll find each playalong — with Frank’s comping parts — to also be the perfect jam track to work on your solos and improvisation.
Grab your guitar and let’s beef up our jazz comping chops with Frank Vignola!