BOOK - "Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio
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Joe Pass is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of jazz!
A genuine master of all the idioms of mainstream jazz guitar improvisation, he was
equally at home with a burning bebop line, a down home blues groove, a
sensitive "rubato" ballad, or a gentle chord melody solo. Pass was also
highly sought after as a sideman in many diverse ensembles - including a
surprisingly successful set with Roy Clark covering Hank Williams tunes.
He also served as an accompanist to singers like Ella Fitzgerald and
instrumentalists like pianist Oscar Peterson and J.J. Johnson.
Joe Pass - Jazz Lines - DVD
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Joe Pass - Essential Jazz Lines - Book
Taught by Corey Christianson, contains a study of lines used by Joe Pass, broken down and grouped according to how Joe used them harmonically. The play-along CD exemplifies how these relate to a harmonic background. Each harmonic section contains a play-along recording in the original key and a play-along, moving in fourths, to help the student practice the lines in all twelve keys. Eventually, the student will learn to mix and match these ideas and create lines of their own. The more phrases and ideas a student has, the more they are able to improvise or juxtapose their ideas to create new melodies on their own.
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Joe Pass - Guitar Chords - Book
Joe Pass - The Joe Pass Guitar
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This book/CD is divided into 2 sections: Part 1 - Harmony, includes: chord construction, embellishment, substitution, connection and symmetric chords. Part 2 - Melody, includes: chord scales, altered scales, ear training, whole tone scales, chord resolutions, improvising, blues (minor, modern, 3/4), rhythm changes, and a solo to play. Learn the sound of modern harmony and melody while playing!
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Joe Pass - On Guitar - Book and CD
Joe explains his approach to the process of jazz improvisation. Also an overview of "The Three Harmonic Families"- lines, scales, and chord superimpositions and substitutions that Joe uses. Includes 50 musical examples and 3 transcriptions of "Stella By Starlight", "Joes Blues", and "All The Things You Are".
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Joe Pass - Virtuoso Standards Songbook Collection - Book
Songs include: "Have You Met Miss Jones, I Cant Get Started, In Your Own Sweet Way, The Man I Love, On Green Dolphin Street, Round Midnight, Sweet Lorraine".
Notation and tab..............................................................................Price - $21.95
Guitarists who like Joe Pass also like:
The Hank Mackie Solo Guitar Collection
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Joe Pass - A True Jazz Guitar Music Legend!
Compiled & Edited By Steven Herron
If Joe Pass had not been sidelined with illegal drug dependency, he
definitely would have taken part in the exciting jazz guitar surge of the
fifties. As it was, fate had other ideas for Joe Pass. After knocking about in
and out of jail for over ten years with heroin addiction, Joe got admitted to
Synanon, which was basically a drug rehab facility, in 1960.
Joe Pass first acquired public recognition with his guitar playing as part of the house band on 1961's "Sounds Of Synanon". His debut record album "Catch Me", and its historic follow up "For Django", developed Joe Pass's credentials in no uncertain terms. By 1965, he was in demand as one of the most requested jazz sidemen of the time, backing up musicians such as George Shearing, Groove Holmes, Gerald Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Les McCann. At decade's end, Joe Pass had actually released a bunch of records on the Pacific Jazz label (these are finally offered on CD in a must have Mosaic Records' collection) and was a regional legend in the Los Angeles jazz guitar scene. Lee Ritenour once referred to him as "The President Of Bebop" on the West Coast, a thought shared by many up and coming jazz guitar players of the day.
In 1972, Joe Pass broke new ground with his "Virtuoso" record album. The promise made by his Pacific Jazz recordings was fulfilled on "Virtuoso". This record featured Joe Pass playing unaccompanied, improvised jazz guitar for an entire program of twelve tracks! A collection that seems as fresh and outstanding today, "Virtuoso" elevated the bar in the jazz music industry overnight. From this point on, the word "virtuoso" came to be Joe's handle. He was the undisputed king in the solo jazz guitar category and held this position until his untimely demise in 1994. In retrospect, Joe Pass is among the most vital jazz artists of the twentieth century and continues to be the essential "complete" jazz guitar player.
Stories from the Joe Pass mythos have it that Gene Autry, "The Singing Cowboy", motivated a 9 year old Joseph Anthony Passalaqua to take up the guitar and become one of the world's best artists - an idealized and enchanting image but barely precise. Joe Pass debunked that story years back. Reality be revealed, Joe himself didn't remember specifically what propelled him to begin playing guitar - he just did. When he did, he participated in the neighborhood popular music scenario in Johnstown, New Jersey - merely hanging out with various other guitarists, learning Italian sing-along songs of the day, and listening. Huge amounts of listening!
For almost a year and a half, Joe Pass took official guitar lessons with a regional multi-instrumental musician. He discovered how to read formal music, worked through some Nick Lucas guitar method publications, and examined some basic finger style guitar techniques from the Carcassi Classical Guitar Method. At this age, he practiced around six hours a day under the careful eye and rigorous analysis of his dad. By age twelve, Joe Pass was an excellent improviser and was playing professionally at local dances with older artists. In this time period, he came to be aware of jazz players like saxophonist Ben Webster and trumpeter Roy Eldridge.
In the forties, jazz guitarist Joe Pass was drawn to the modern
jazz guitar sounds originating from New York City. There he came to be
conversant in the new musical language of bebop and jammed with numerous of its
leading entertainers. Joe mentioned Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum,
and Coleman Hawkins as influential in this phase of his development. In later
years, he was also influenced by the piano playing of Oscar Peterson. Joe Pass
has cited only 3 guitarists as having an influence on his guitar style: Charlie
Christian, Django Reinhardt, and Wes Montgomery.
Joe Pass has actually been likened, and justly so, to the wonderful wind (sax and trumpet) and keyboard performers of jazz. In a pure music sense, his single note improvisation style has a lot in common with instrumentalists of the classic bebop and hard bop schools. Hardly one for labels, Joe Pass has constantly referred to himself as an improvisation musician that just so happens to play and express himself via the guitar. Nonetheless, his agile single note lines have many of the melodies and phrases one associates with jazz giants like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, and Sonny Rollins. It is mostly from this framework that he played. His implementation and methodology were hornlike and on par with his wide range of ideas and enormous vocabulary, permitting single note improvisations to flow like a saxophonist's stream of consciousness.
Joe Pass likewise had a tougher, funkier element to his playing that merged bluesy string bends, double stops and partial chords, mutated swing licks, and rhythmically charged R & B influenced riffs. This side of his musical personality emerged early on in solos with hard bop players like Groove Holmes and Les McCann along with on blues and rock flavored numbers like "Ode to Billie Joe" on the 1970's "Intercontinental" album.
Over the years, Joe Pass established an extremely unique harmonic methodology that equals most pianists' playing. He was especially skilled at thinking up unaccompanied chord melody solos. These mini-masterpieces are brilliantly showcased on the "Virtuoso" record albums and a lot of other solo albums. In this setting, Joe was really in a league of his own. Utilizing a wide array of finger-picked, hybrid-picked, and flat-picked articulations along with a trademarked mix of ad lib chord passages, spontaneous counterpoint, and fleet bebop lines, he has actually reinterpreted - that is, basically re-written at will - numerous of the greatest standard tunes of history.
Many guitarists have been surprised to learn that Joe Pass played Fender solid body guitars on his early jazz guitar improvisation recordings. Normally associated with surf and rock and roll performers, the Fender Jazz Master and Fender Jaguar models seem unlikely foils for his advanced bebop style, but Pass made the most of his circumstances. His Fender guitar sound is heard on recordings like 1961's "Sounds of Synanon", 1962's "Something Special (Groove Holmes) and "Moment of Truth" (Gerald Wilson), and 1963's "Catch Me", his first album as a leader. He also employed a Fender Bass VI six string bass guitar for a couple of tracks on the latter date. Pass used a thinline Gibson ES-355 briefly during 1963. This was heard on his sessions as a sideman with Les McCann.
Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio
Patterns - Stacy McKee
This unique book includes 300 jazz
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
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