The guitar/music books I own

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  1. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    This is a list of the books that are on the bookshelf right now. There is no doubt a few stragglers somewhere, under a pile of music paper lol

    In no order;

    Harmonic Experience
    Pat Metheny - One Quiet Night
    Pat Martino - Creative Force part 2
    The Howard Roberts Guitar Book
    Ralph Towner Solo Guitar Works 1
    Ralph Towner Solo Guitar Works 2
    The Martin Taylor Guitar Method
    Arp Studies on Jazz Standards - Mimi Fox
    Jazz Guitar School - Ike Isaacs
    Middle East - Jeff Peretz
    Jazz Guitar - Organ Trio Blues - Doug Munro
    Jazz Guitar Master Class - NGW
    Giant Steps and Cycle Diagrams - Dan Adler
    Jazz Guitar Improvisation Barry Greene
    Earl Klugh - Originals
    The Total Jazz Guitarist - Jody Fisher
    Art of Picking - Jimmy Bruno
    John Scofield - Jazz-Funk Guitar 1
    Bucky Pizzarelli - The Creative Guitarist > 1+
    101 Must Know Jazz Licks - Wolf Marshall
    Musicians Institute - The Lick-tionary
    Frank Gambale Technique Book 1
    Frank Gambale Technique Book 2
    Country Dobro Guitar Styles
    The Art of Two Line Improvisation - 1+
    A Chordal Concept For Jazz Guitar - Peter O'mara
    Howard Roberts - Guitar Manual Chord Melody
    David Baker - How To Play Bebop 1
    David Baker - How To Play Bebop 2
    Super Chops - Howard Roberts
    Phil Upchurch - Twelve by Twelve
    Best of Robben Ford
    Lenny Breau - Fingerstyle Jazz
    Pentatonic Khancepts
    Robben Ford 2 - The Blues and Beyond
    Ralph Towner - Improvisation & Performance Techniques
    Masters of the Telecaster - Arlen Roth
    Jazz & Pop Standards - Howard Morgan
    Contemporary Chord Khancepts
    Power of Ten - GIT
    Solo Jazz Guitar - Barry Greene
    The Diminished Scale - Jean Marc Belkadi
    Great Jazz Standards - Fred Sokolow
    101 Must Know Blues Licks - Wolf Marshall
    Blues Riffs for Guitar 2
    Blues/Rock Guitar US to UK - Kenn Chipkin
    Santana - Alfred
    Bucky Pizzarelli - A Pro's Approach
    Pat Martino - The Early Years - Steve Kahn
    Jazz Guitar - James Birkett
    Real Blues Guitar - Kenn Chipkin
    Jazz Guitar - Jody Fisher
    Jazz Guitar Lines - Lucky Elden
    Martin Taylor - Jazz Guitar Artistry - transcriptions
    Creative Chord Substitutions - Ed Arkin
    Blues You Can Use - Guitar Chords
    Guitar Soloing - MI
    Mastertrax Blues - MI
    Chicago Blues Guitar
    Jazz Pentatonics - Bruce Saunders
    The Best of Joe Pass
    John Scofield - Time Is On My Hands
    Wes Montgomery Guitar Folio - Steve Kahn
    Super Solos - Howard FRoberts
    All Blues for Jazz Guitar
    Blues Guitar Giants
    Blues & Rock Guitar Solos
    Modern Blues - Bruce Saunders
    Blues Guitar - Cutting Edge Series
    Texas Blues Guitar - MI
    B.B. King - volume 100
    Blues Shapes - Herb Ellis - 1+
    Blues Guitar Classics - transcriptions
    Texas Blues-Rock Heroes - Jesse Gress
    The Guitarist of the 90's - Bill Byrd
    REH Chord Scale Tonal Relationships
    REH Jazz Rock - Prolicks
    REH Rock - Keith Wyatt
    REH Fingerstyle Blues - David Ferguson
    REH Speed Picking - Frank Gambale
    REH Jazz Rock - Steve Freeman
    REH Blues - Robben Ford
    REH Hot Licks - Don Mock
    REH Linear Expressions - Pat Martino
    REH Jazz - Joe Diorio
    REH Two Hand Rock - Jennifer Batten
    REH Intervalic Designs - Joe Diorio
    REH Chord Phrases - Ron Eschete
    REH Triadic Energy - Lenny Carlson
    REH Hot Licks _ version 2
    REH Modes - Roger Hutchinson & Don Mock
    REH Key Correlation - Ron Eschete
    REH Contemporary Rock Rhythm
    REH Solo Chords - Roger Hutchinson
    REH Chord Connection - Dave Eastlee
    REH Artful Arpeggios - Don Mock & Roger Hutchinson
    REH Rhythm Blues - Robben Ford
    REH Jazz - Jackie KIng
    REH Chord Confidence - Don Mock & Roger Hutchinson
    REH Inner Jazz - Les Wise
    REH Chord Concepts - Ted Shumate
    REH Jazz - Prolicks
    REH Fusion - Don Mock
    REH Back To The Blues - Robben Ford
    REH Hard Rock - Paul Hanson
    How To Make Your Electric Guitar Sound Great - GP
    The Guitar Handbook
    Pentatonic Scales For Jazz Improvisations - Ramon Ricker
    Jazz Duets by Joe Pas and Herb Ellis
    Jazz Guitar Solos - Warren Nunes
    Jazz/Rock Voicings for Contemporary Keyboard
    Jazz Guitar Masterpieces - Rich Carter
    Harmony For Guitar - Lance Bosman
    The Guitar - Tom Hoffman
    Patterns For Improvisation - Oliver Nelson
    It's Easy to Fake Jazz Guitar - Joe Bennett
    Ten Favorite Standards - Jimmy Raney
    Teach Yourself Lead Guitar
    The Infinitive Guitar Chord
    Delta Blues - Stefan Grossman
    II V I - Baker
    A Study of Jazz -Tanner, Gerow
    Classic Guitar in Tab - Mel Bay
    Guitar Pieces - John Renbourn
    Guitar Method 1 - Chrisopher Parkening
    The Songs of Doc Watson
    Improvising Rock Guitar
    Creative Jazz Improvisation
    Norton Programed Text in Music Theory
    The Lee Ritenour Book
    The Nature of Guitar - Pat Martino
    700 years of Music for the Classic Guitar
    Jpe Pass Guitar Style
    Joe Pass Chord Solos
    The Art Of Two Line Improvisation - Flat Five version - original
    Great Moments in Jazz - illegal
    Larry Carlton - PMP
    The Jazz Idiom - Jerry Coker
    Styles For The Studio - Leon White
    The Jazz Guitar - Ron Eschete
    Jazz Guitar - Larry Coryell
    Power Jazz Guitar - Larry Coryell
    Scales For Jazz Improvisation - Dan Hoerle
    Guitar Music 148 - Kramer
    Impressionism to Jazz - Mario Abril
    Jazz Styles and Analysis Guitar - Jack Peterson
    Lydian Chromatic Concept - Baker
    Modern CXhord Progressions - Ted Greene
    Popular and Jazz Harmony - Daniel Ricigliano
    The Jazz Guitarist's Handbook - Bruce Forman
    Solo Jazz Guitar - Bill Hart
    Guitar Solos - George Van Eps
    Retrospective - Emily Remler
    Thelonious Monk for Guitar - Gary Wittner
    Funk Guitar, The Essential Guide - MI
    Jazz Guitar Chord System - MI
    Jazz Skills - Jody Fisher
    Amazing Phrasing - Tom Kolb
    Fusion Guitar - Steve Freeman
    Bossa & Samba Brazil - Pierson
    Expanding Jazz Harmonies - Mike Elliott
    Sonata Mexicana - Manuel M. Ponce
    Original Guitar Solos - George Van Eps
    The Art Of Jazz Guitar - Charlie Christian
    Complete Course in Jazz Guitar - Mickey Baker
    Wes Montgomery Jazz Guitar Method
    The Brazillan Masters - TRO
    Original Guitar Solos John Renbourn
    Pumping Nylon
    In The Style Of John Coltrane - Corey Christianen
    Jazz Chord Solos - Fred Sokolow
    Great Jazz Standards - Fred Sokolowrchestra
    Best of George Benson
    Signature Licks - Robben Ford
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Lightnin' Blues 83-87
    John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu - scores
    Texas Blues - Stephan Grossman
    The Solo Guitar Big Book
    Exploring Jazz Guitar - Jim Hall
    A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony & Melody - David Liebman
    Blues/Rock Guitar Masters - Andy Alwdort
    Jazz Guitar Bible - transcriptions
    Beginning Blues Guitar - Arlen Roth
    Guitar Rock Licks - Jay Friedman
    Masters of Instrumental Blues Guitar - Donald Garwood
    Guitar One presents Jazz
    Classic Guitar Techniques - Aaron Shearer
    Volume 2 Pentatonics - Jerry Bergonzi
    Voice Leading for Guitar - Berklee Press
    Jeff Beck Anthology
    Harmonic Mechanisms for Guitar 1 - George Van Eps
    Harmonic Mechanisms for Guitar 2 - George Van Eps
    World Beat Encyclopedia for Guitar
    Complete Handbook for the Music Arranger - Mickey Baker
    Solo Jazz Guitar - Alan de Mause
    A New Approach to Ear Training for Jazz Musicians - David Baker
    Guitar Solos Volume 3 - Steve Crowell
    Steve Morse the Complete Styles
    Guitar Manual Sight Reading - Howard Roberts
    Jazz Guitar Artistry - Wes Montgomery
    Jazz Guitar Bebop and Beyond - Doug Munro
    A Complete Approach to Jazz Guitar Standards 1 - Mel Bay
    A Complete Approach to Jazz Guitar Standards 2 - Mel Bay
    Jazz Guitar Virtuoso - Jimmy Bruno
    Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene
    Guitar Method - George Van Eps
    Sheets of Sound - Jack Zucker
    Charlie Parker Omnibook
    Giant Steps - Joe Diorio
    Line Games - Randy Vincent
    The Drop2 Book - Randy Vincent
    Three Note Voicings - Randy Vincent
    Almanac of Guitar Voice Leading - Mick Goodrick
    The Advancing Guitarist - Mick Goodrick
    Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar - Goodrick & Miller
    Bill Frisell - An Anthology
    Tony Rice Guitar
    In Deep With Jimi Hendrix
    Pat Metheny Songbook
    The Real Easy Book - Sher
    The Real Book - Sher
    The New Realbook - Sher
    The New Realbook volume 3 - Sher

    that's a longer list than I thought it would be, it's a Two Rock amp's worth of dough.

    I'm sure I missed a few books,,, I bought most of these during the '90's when I was a single father and as my son grew he became hooked on computers, I hung out in the front room and grew a book collection, tax write off, student resource, mostly for the fun of it. I would say a third of them were bought at Guitar Solo is San Francisco, what a great store for guitar music it was.
    How many remember the Guitar Solo store on Clement? I think Ken Rosser has been there if I recall,,

    I also got lucky being at the right place at the right time to obtain the older REH stuff, the Lydian Chrom,, and a bunch of other stuff donated to the store where I taught. Original books from the old guys and more,,, and college in the '80s, I collected books then, C.P. Omnibook was the required text.

    Now, what to buy next??? how about dinner, this took me three hours to write this list out and I'm hungry.
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  2. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    Sure, I like the books that make me fill in the blanks with creative thinking like the Goodrick books are designed to do.

    I also like the artist books.

    And the REH series is very fun and deep for skinny books.

    The Howard Roberts books are inspiring. 1+ for his Guitar manual and Super Chops.

    One of my favorites is Bucky Pizzarelli's The Creative Guitarist, everyone should own that one.

    One of my favorite picking books is the Tony Rice Guitar Book, great for metronome work.

    The most difficult book that I love and don't toss aside has to be Harmonic Experience.

    Frank Gambale's Technique's book 1 has been a lot of help getting students to understand what scales really are, a collection of agreeing pitches that can be grouped into diatonic, pentatonic, arpeggio's, triads, dyads.

    The Randy Vincent Books are my latest read and I think they are great, fun, well layed out and get's into a lot of modern concepts like traid pairs, and other hexatonic trickery.
    Randy was Julian Lage's teacher when he was 8 to 12, Julian absorbed it all and they remain good friends. I also had the opportunity to have private instruction from Randy back in college. Great books.

    I could go on and on, I have stories for most of them =) and some I've barely scratched.
    The type can't be too small, that makes it uncomfortable and not fun.

    I've learned what are the good books and which ones stink, but I quickly learned how to pick good books, so my collection is pretty much good books mixed with great books.
  3. flavaham

    flavaham Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Aurora, Co.
    Impressive man. What percentage of these books would you say you've been all the way through? I got hooked on books for a minute. I found that I'd pretty much get something out of the first few chapters and then they would end up on a shelf for the rest of the time that I had them. I've still got a fair amount. I should revisit most of them.

    I'd say that Harmonic Experience has been one of the more challenging books I've tried to dabble in. I'm still not very far into it because it's a lot for my tiny little brain to process!! Damn you Kimock!!!
  4. Megatron

    Megatron Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    If you had to condense that giant list down to what was definitely most useful for you/stuck on a desert island, what would you say?
  5. flavaham

    flavaham Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Aurora, Co.
    I noticed that "REH Linear Expressions - Pat Martino" is on your list. Any tips on how to approach this book for practical playing? I've been through it a couple of times and it just confuses me. The verbage is a bit strange so I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with some of the examples. Also, the strange TAB he uses is quite odd indeed! I'm just not sure why memorizing these lines is useful. I'm pretty sure I kind of know what he's getting at but I haven't been able to put any of it into practice. Any help?
  6. flavaham

    flavaham Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Aurora, Co.
    So...I went to check out my books based on this thread and spent the last 1.5 hours learning Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy because that was the first book on the shelf. Certainly not time wasted! I finally took the time to figure out the timing to the intro to The Song Remains the Same and now can rough my way through most of the song. (along with the rest of the album...although you have to tune weird for The Rain song...) Thanks for the inspiration!
  7. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    I've read all the way through many of these, Some books like Liebman's book is pretty dense with words and just don't generate fast results so I haven't dug into it much. Books like that are used as reference, I use the index. I've read the first 1/3 of Harmonic Experience and more or less use it as a reference book also. I also have some crappy books I bought 30 yrs ago, I didn't know what a good book was lol. Now I keep them for the memory.

    I've found that I like books that use less words, more example to play, the REH books are the model that later publications adopted, they are skinny because the words have been reduced to the mere essentials, and yes, they make you think more.

    I have to say, TGP slowed my book buying down a lot.
  8. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    I would reduce it down to subjects and artists. Most of "methods" introduced by people I've never heard of would not be on the reduced list, Why learn about Robben from a 3rd person? I would much rather read from Robben directly.

    I've got many books that cover the same concepts, seems like overload, but it serves to be a crosscheck, and sometimes the multiple presentations offer new slants and ways to think it. This also helped me sort out the bad.

    Even after reduction I would still have quite a collection I think lol.
  9. KRosser

    KRosser Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Pasadena, CA
    When I lived in San Francisco I went there all the time, that was when it was still at 14th and Clement. They moved, they're now on Townsend between 2nd & 3rd, out by the SF side of the Bay Bridge. Still an awesome shop but with a much smaller real estate footprint.

    To this day, I still plan many Bay Area trips around a visit to GS.
  10. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    Linear Expressions is very simple, just the way Martino likes it. First off, after Martino's brain surgery, he forgot everything and had to relearn how to be him again. He relearned by seeking out his strengths, grids, maps, dots, major simplifications,,,
    Pat calls all scales "activities", the actual chromatic note differences have nothing to do with words. I think Martino has difficulty with words.
    I give Martino the highest of kudos for succeeding in an amazing example of overcoming a handicap, a huge handicap, his corpus colossum was cut.
    Absolutely amazing, so many people with this procedure are totally incapable of any organization and remain severely disabled.

    The book is Martino's way of communication how he views the neck. Simply as horizontal and vertical, so one part of the book plays lines in one vertical position, like position playing. The other part of the book deals with the horizontal aspects of his playing, how to play free of position playing.

    Yea, the tab is old school, before tab became standardized. But the dot tab is also essential because it tells you how to finger the line the way Martino wants you to play it. Personally I think Martino's style of playing has to be one of the most comfortable styles, his lines play like a well greased machine.

    There are threads on that book to check out =)
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  11. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    I thought we talked about it before. I was the one over by the books with a three year old playing with Thomas the train toys in the corner. That kid was so patient, the rest of the SF visit was all about him.

    I really liked the Clement store, the Golden Gate bridge dumped you right at GS doorstep, and the escape back to the northbay was right there.
  12. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    That's quite a collection of books! Way too many for my tastes, because they are all guitar books.

    I sold most of my guitar books, but always keep 5 or 6 handy. The books I love best are Thesaurus of Melodic Scales and Patterns (the best, of course!), Eddie Harris's book The Intervallistic Concept, The first George Van Eps Method book, Joe Pass style (orange book), and a few others. What I really dig now are books about music, composition, attitudes, etc. For example:

    It's About Music by Jean-Michel Pilc
    Simple Composition by Charles Wuorinen
    Indirect Procedures by Pedro deAlcantara
    Twentieth century harmony by Vincent Persichetti
    Perpetual Frontier by Joe Morris

    There are a few others that I want and some that I'd like to get rid of. I'd like to buy more music scores.
  13. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    The next book I am really excited to get is Bryan Bakers book "The Principles of Music".
    That book I suspect will be a mind blower.

    Some people buy romance novels, I buy music books and sheet music. If I want romance I'll rent "Not Another Teen Movie".
  14. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    I am starting my own music book publishing company.
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  15. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    OCD lol.

    I would like more studies on composition and arranging for bands.

    In college a big chunk of my experience was composition and arranging. Like drop2 being an arranging technique for the horns/reeds in a big band. It was only after college that I realized drop2 was great on a guitar with the help Howard Roberts offered in his books.

    A big part of my collection centers around reference for teaching. Teaching guitar has been my day job since '89.
  16. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    Really, tell us more,,

    I'll buy the books =)
  17. dsimon665

    dsimon665 Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    19-tone, CA
    impressive list...and almost as impressive that you wrote them down!

    so much knowledge out there waiting to be discovered...

    I've seen the MG almanacs go for $200+ on ebay.

    Every once in a while I find an out of print book on amazon going for hundreds of dollars. Like this one:

    I guess I'm not that desperate for a book fix yet.
  18. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    The Music of Clare Fischer volumes 1 and 2 are also big for me.
  19. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Close to the burn zone
    Wow, I could sell them on ebay.
    I do have some rare books.

    How much for a first edition Van Eps book? Or Jimmy Wyble? Or my Bucky Pizzarelli book?
    Or my rare Jack Peterson book?

    How much is my REH collection worth?
  20. StevenA

    StevenA Member

    Mar 11, 2005
    Warren, NJ
    Great list, how about Connecting Chords with Linear Harmonyby Bert Ligon,
    Jazz Guitar Masterpieces by Rich Carter
    Wolf Marshall's book on Giant Steps
    Villa-lobos Preludes
    Bob Mintzers Jazz Funk Studies
    Barry Gallbraiths Chord melody reharms
    Jazz Improvisation by Sam Most
    Jazz Guitar Environments by Jim Hall
    1001 Jazz Guitar Licks author?

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