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Martin Taylor Beyond Chord Melody: Master Jazz Guitar Chord Melody with Virtuoso Martin Taylor MBE Paperback – 11 October 2018
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- Publisher : www.fundamental-changes.com (11 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 98 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1911267825
- ISBN-13 : 978-1911267829
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 0.56 x 27.94 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 146,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book teaches a structured approach to something I've been attempting haphazardly on my own for many years ... so Martin Taylor's insights come just in time. This book is not for people who are looking for note-by-note transcriptions, but rather people who wish to create their own arrangements. There's a lot of information and encouragement from the author, and I recommend this to anyone wanting to expand their musicality." Verified Amazon review
"Outstanding book by a Master of Chord Melody. Structured pieces help you develop the skills to mastering Chord Melody. Includes links to audio/video. Highly recommended." Verified Amazon review
"This is the encyclopedia describing Martin's very flexible approach to playing the guitar (applicable to any style). It is also a fabulous, comprehensive description of harmony and melody, put in guitar terms and written in very plain and understandable language. This is a very special book! Super cool." Verified Amazon review
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There are lots of musical examples to help you get Martin's style of chord melody under your fingers. The examples get more and more difficult as the book goes on but it is satisfying to be able to play them if you stick with them.
The basic of Martin's style are quite easy to get your head around and even an intermediate player will be able to follow the clear instructions and gradually build up their own arrangements.
The tab is very clear and easy to read as is the printed text.
I would recommend this book if you are interested in jazz, or even interested in arranging pop chord melody arrangements. As I said, Martin's instructions are clear to follow and his system is quite simple, but you can come up with some sophisticated sounding passages once you really dig deep.
The first half of the book (which is under 100 pages long) takes a brisk tour of the building blocks: basslines, sevenths and tenths, and the CAGED system. This is very useful, and it's always good to take stock of these things, but half is a large proportion for something I am basically familiar with. Conversely, for a guitarist who is only just starting to think about solo guitar, it is probably a bit too brisk, and there are more comprehensive guides to an area that merits a lot of work.
The second half of the book takes an original melody by Martin Taylor and shows how he would apply the concepts explored in the first half to a real example. This is much more useful and I have begun to apply these concepts to my own arrangements.
If you haven't tried solo guitar playing before, this book may be a little daunting, although if you enjoy a challenge and are willing to work at it, this book does provide a lot of areas to investigate. If you feel more secure in your abilities and are looking to improve, there are also a lot of areas to explore, but you may need to skip material you are already familiar with. The book could probably assume more knowledge as there are already plenty of resources for less experienced guitarists.
The audio examples and two video lessons which can be downloaded, are very useful although they feel like an added extra.