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George Benson - The Art Of Jazz Guitar - DVD
Eight-time Grammy winner George Benson teaches and explains chord substitutions, single note soloing, improvisation, turnarounds, the Wes Montgomery style and much more! George demonstrates his signature scat-style singing-soloing on the groundbreaking "This Masquerade" and his improvised soloing over the famous "On Broadway" vamp. Also included are several virtuoso solo jazz guitar performances by Benson himself - further proof, if it were needed, of his total mastery of jazz guitar. These include: "The Days of Wine and Roses, Tenderly, Danny Boy, Polka Dots and Moonbeams". With this DVD, you'll never miss a note! All right and left-hand techniques are shown in close-up and split-screen effects. And, the slow-motion segments keep their standard pitch sound! 
(63 min) Booklet included..........................................................Price - $24.95

 George Benson Plays "Tenderly"

George Benson - Jazz Guitar Techniques - DVD
Jazz guitar runs, double stops, chromatic licks and more... learn the phrases that influenced a million jazz guitarists all over the world as well as the fingerings and techniques needed to play them! If you're looking to take your jazz guitar playing to the next level, this instructional DVD will provide you with an arsenal of George Benson jazz guitar licks that you can incorporate into your own solos! Explained and taught note for note in slow motion detail by Stuart Bull who is the author of the award winning Total Accuracy guitar series.
(120 min)........................................................................................Price - $19.95

George Benson - Guitar Styles & Techniques - Book and CD
Songs include: "Easy Living, Clockwise, Stormy Weather, The Cooker, The Borgia Stick, Billie's Bounce, So What, Body Talk, Take Five, Breezin', This Masquerade, Affirmation, C-Smooth". Each piece also includes an analysis and performance notes by Wolf Marshall. Learn and explore the music of one of the most respected guitar players of our time!
Notation and tab..........................................................................Price - $22.95

George Benson - The Best Of George Benson - Book
Songs include: "Basie's Bag, Before You Go, Beyond The Sea, Breezin', California PM, Feel Like Makin' Love, Give Me The Night, Here, There and Everywhere, In Your Eyes, Lady, Lady Love Me, Love Ballad, Mimosa, On Broadway, So This Is Love,This Masquerade, Turn Your Love Around, We As Love, We've Got The Love, Weekend In L.A., Welcome Into My World".
Notation and tab..........................................................................Price - $19.95

George Benson - The Guitar Styles Of George Benson - Book
Features transcriptions and lessons for 13 song including: "Affirmation, Billie's Bounce, Breezin', The Cooker, Easy Living, Gentle Rain, Low Down and Dirty, Poquito Spanish Poquito Funk, Sack of Woe, So What, Song for My Father, This Masquerade, What's New?".
Notation and tab..........................................................................Price - $14.95


 George Benson & Jody Fisher Play "The Blues"

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George Benson - One Of The Most Unique Jazz Guitar Players Ever!
Compiled & Edited By Steven Herron

  
In 1976 George Benson was voted, by way of numerous popular polls and jazz polls, as the world's number one jazz guitarist! During that same year worldwide sales of his record 'Breezin' passed the 2 million mark. Since that time George Benson has actually turned into one of the most successful popular singers of the day!

   The bulk of George Benson's current album sales are to a non-jazz audience that purchase his recordings for his vocals as well as his exciting guitar sound! Yet there is no denying that through these recordings he has opened the ears of many of his fans to his first-class jazz guitar playing. As an outcome, George Benson has definitely developed an interest in them to pay attention to other jazz guitarists!

   George Benson's stepfather, Thomas Collier, was a fan of Charlie Christian. He taught Benson how to play the ukulele at a very early age. By the time he was 8 years old George Benson was already working in nightclubs with his stepfather singing and dancing as well as also playing the ukulele. In 1954 he began to study the guitar, borrowing guitars at friends' houses and at that point playing an electric guitar made for him by his stepfather.

   In that same year Benson made his first recording for a rhythm and blues label. By the time he was 17 he was actually leading his own rock and roll band. After hearing albums by numerous jazz musicians, including those of Hank Garland, Grant Green, Charlie Parker and in particular the late Wes Montgomery, George Benson was excited and ready to turn his musical talents towards jazz.

   In 1962 Jack McDuff, on the suggestion of Don Gardner, selected George Benson as his guitarist. This association lasted for 3 years. Playing with McDuff gave George Benson lots of beneficial experience playing with top jazz performers. In 1965 he formed his own quartet promoting Lonnie Smith on organ. After the death of Wes Montgomery in 1968 Benson was the clear choice, for record producer Creed Taylor, to satisfy the gap at A & M Records left by Montgomery's very early demise.

   Taylor prayed that George Benson's guitar sound, so much the same at that time to Montgomery's, would also achieve popular success for A & M. Creed Taylor's choice would turn out to be right, but the success did not come about until 1976 when George Benson's Warner Brother's record 'Breezin' surpassed the highest album sales that Wes Montgomery had ever attained.

   A skilled and highly successful singer, George Benson's guitar style on his popular recordings is actually a blend of jazz, funk, soul, and rhythm and blues. Some of his recent recordings have a strong jazz content and these reveal that George Benson continues to be one of the most exceptional jazz guitarists of our time who can create marvelous single note as well as chordal improvisations.

   His special ability to play improvised lines on the guitar in unison with his "scat" singing is very distinctive. George Benson's 1990 album with the Count Basie Band reveals that he is determined to keep his association with the world of jazz. George Benson continues to remain very active and popular as a mainstream jazz guitarist and vocalist!

Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library.  Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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