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Alfred Music Publishing Releases Standard Notaton Editions of Beginning, Intermediate, and Mastering Jazz Guitar Methods

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The leader in educational music publishing releases new editions of the established Complete Jazz Guitar methods, available for beginning, intermediate, and advanced jazz guitarists. Perfect for serious students looking to be professional musicians, these editions are packed with essential information in standard notation only, without tablature. Jazz guitar teachers and students will find the Jazz Guitar Standard Notation editions very familiar and comfortable, as they are very much in the style of the "fake books" commonly used on gigs.

Beginning Jazz Guitar is a great start for anyone with knowledge of basic chords and guitar scale fingerings. The chapters are clearly divided into harmony and improvisation lessons, with every new concept accompanied by etudes and songs for practice. Topics like the major scales, basic triad theory, extended chords, and the modes are included.

For guitarists who have learned the basics of jazz harmony and improvisation, Intermediate Jazz Guitar continues the format of Beginning Jazz Guitar with topics like the ii-V-I progression, solo lines, altered chord formulas, and comping in various jazz feels.

The chord-melody section of Mastering Jazz Guitar picks up where Intermediate Jazz Guitar leaves off, with topics like integrating melody and harmony, developing bass lines, chord enhancement, quartal harmonies, and how to compose a guitar solo. Improvisation topics in the second half include playing over altered dominant chords, the diminished scale, the whole tone scale, targeting the altered chords, revamping licks, modes of the minor scales, and more. The book is also loaded with easy-to-read scale diagrams, sample phrases, and arrangements of traditional melodies.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, these books are printed on 100% recycled paper.

The Beginning, Intermediate, and Mastering Jazz Guitar Standard Notation editions are now available for $19.99 each at music retail stores and at alfred.com/guitar.