Develop a fingerboard facility that fuses the great navigational conception of the classical guitar tradition with the improvisational, on-the-fly, solo content/language of the modern jazz guitarist, to create an overall fingerboard concept that is flexible and rich. The result is a comprehensive approach to the guitar fingerboard that combines vertical orientations mixed with side-to-side and diagonal phrasing. Each Bach/bebop pair of arrangements presents similar fingering concepts so that you can see how they are applicable across styles. This will ultimately lead to a continuity in fingering concepts that you can apply to all guitar traditions. The accompanying online recordings include demonstration and play-along tracks, including guitar duets and jazz combos. Traditional fingering and tablature included.
“There's no doubt that the studies in this book will open up a huge world of musical possibilities. They employ both linear and interactive techniques, enabling the student to move over the entire fretboard comfortably, while developing a sense of melody and training the ear. Mark's recordings here, notably, are great examples of 'how good it can get.'” – Gene Bertoncini, Guitarist, Educator, Author, Recording Artist
“Mark's book will introduce you to mind-expanding concepts that will take you deep into the never-ending sea of guitar possibilities, as his previous work has inspired me! It will enlighten your musical journey with new ideas – in the tradition of books written by the Berklee guitar faculty, such as William Leavitt.” – Ray Herndon, Guitarist (Lyle Lovett)
“Mark White's inventiveness and gig-smarts put him in a special class of jazz educators; the evidence is in the success of his many prominent students. This new publication clearly identifies the DNA link between Bach and bebop, and will certainly help guitarists identify a more melodic approach to improvising more consequential ideas.” – Howard Paul, CEO/President of Benedetto Guitars, Jazz Recording Artist/Clinician
“The ability to navigate the fretboard on the guitar is the single most challenging – and important – aspect of playing well, regardless of style. As a student of Mark's for many years, I found his knowledge of the instrument unparalleled. I am confident that if you follow the ideas he puts forth in this book, you will develop a better sense of the guitar, and wil see the fretboard open up before your eyes.” – Wayne Sermon, Guitarist (Imagine Dragons)
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