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Filla room with thelush chords ofa beautiful chordmelody! Here isa famous quotefrom Joe Pass,a famous jazzguitarist knownfor his chordmelody skills, “Guitaristsshould be ableto pick up theguitar and playmusic on it foran hour, withouta rhythm sectionor anything!” Time to get busy!

The ability toplay the chordsand the melodyof a song at thesame time is oneof the uniquefeatures of theguitar. In jazzguitar, it’sknown as “chordmelody.” Chord melody transformsthe guitar intoa one-man band:you play the melody,accompany, providethe bass line,and define thetime.

The purpose ofthis book is twofold:

1. providespecific instructionon how to createyour own chordmelodies (pages3-7)
2. show youthe inner workingsof chord melodythrough 13 jazzguitar songsin a varietyof styles. (pages8-29)
Not only arethere 10 greattunes in thisbook arrangedas very accessiblechord melodiesfor the intermediateguitarist, theauthors also carefullyexplain how tocreate your ownarrangements,with “SevenSteps” tocreating a chordmelody. Learnhow to take traditionalchord changes,substitute jazzvoicings, andthen add the melodyto create beautifulmusic.

Study the Glossaryto further understandingthe concepts andtechnicalitiesof performingthe jazz guitarstyle.

Use the FreeDownloadable Recordingsto help you fine-tuneyour performance.

Above all, enjoythe music


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