Jazz etudes

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  1. Guitfiddler

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    Does anyone have any favorite Jazz etude books that they like? If so, please recommend some for me. Thanks!
     
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    Jimmy Wyble's books contain etudes and they are all very challenging.
     
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    For single note improv, Jazz Guitar Etudes has been my favorite so far. I first read about it in a thread about horn lines for guitar. I've memorized the first etude ("Halsted Street") to the point where I can play it by ear on guitar and realize later I just used a different fingering than was suggested in the book tab. The book does encourage the reader to experiment with different fingerings. The tab is just there to suggest a fingering that's as comfortable as possible on the fretboard, because the etudes were originally written for sax and require a bit of position shifting on the guitar fretboard. One of the first things I learned from these etudes was how to incorporate augmented triads into my own lines - never found a place for them before:

    http://www.gregfishmanjazzstudios.com/jazzguitaretudes.html

    Co-author Mike Allemana playing along with Greg Fishmans' sax track:



    Julian Lage has some interesting etudes on YouTube, but I think he expects the viewer to transcribe them himself/herself. They look pretty challenging. I'll finish the Fishman etudes and the Jimmy Wyble Two-Line Improv etudes (on order) before I take on Lage's stuff. This is Lage's latest, which is focused on counterpoint:

     
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    Big fan of Bert Ligon's Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony book so I'm looking forward to picking up his Technique book. What is cool about his books is he constantly referencing real world music in his examples.

    Comprehensive-Technique-Jazz-Musicians-Instruments
     
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    Awesome. Thanks a lot, gents!
     
  9. Bryan T

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    I have a book of George Van Eps solo pieces that I play through occasionally.
     
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    Bob Mintzer has a few that I like playing through from time to time:

    15 Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes
    12 Contemporary Jazz Etudes
    14 Jazz & Funk Etudes
    12 Medium/Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes
    14 Blues & Funk Etudes
     
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    Ya beat me to it. By a jazz master. No TAB but there is are great CDs with the books with killer players.
     
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    That Julian Lage stuff reminds me very strongly of the Brouwer Etudes I used to study for classical guitar. Great stuff, and quite accessible to novices.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2blk8gJFCI
     
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    Hmm... Leo Brouwer's Etudes get keeping mentioned here... by Shigehara, splatt, BryanT, etc. and now you. Must be some good stuff...

    I think I'll take those on before attempting Lage's stuff.
     
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    The beauty of the Brouwer etudes (other than just their sheer oddness and intrigue) is that they're not all the technically difficult. But, they introduce the player to a lot of things: the importance of dynamics, proper fingering, RH technique, etc. I love them. As I recall, there were 20 originally written (available in 4 sets of 5), and then 10 more released some years later.
     
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    Jack Grassel has very good books for jazz study. i also second FatJeff's recommendation of Barry Galbraith's book, as well as his others.
     
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    If you're buying today, look for this book: http://www.elderly.com/books/items/49-564795.htm

    It is quite a bit cheaper than buying the Etudes in groups of five, plus you get some other great pieces.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up! I just ordered this book, after calling local shops in vain - none of them carry it in stock.
     
  20. GovernorSilver

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    I have Bob Mintzer's piano book, written for other instrumentalists who want to use the piano for jazz writing and comping. It looks pretty good.
     

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