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Welcome to a new guitar series by The FJH Music Company. The Way to Play! publications introduce guitarists to the particular style of music that they really want to learn: blues, bluegrass, classical, country, folk, jazz, rock, etc. From blues to bluegrass, from classical to country, we have you covered. Each publication contains standard notation, tablature and chord frames at every chord change. Listen to the free downloadable recordings. The ins and outs of the guitar are brought to you fast and effectively with engaging music and informative text. Let’s get busy!

Way to Play: Jazz Guitar, Riffs and Chords
Mark Tonelli and Philip Groeber

G1052 / 7.95

Dig into the two most desirous components of jazz guitar performance: soloing, and lush chord voicings.

1) Play and improvise a guitar solo using the unique sounds of jazz. Learn new riffs, analyze, and apply these riffs to various song forms, and add a touch of improv to five jazz styles:

Blues
Bebop
Straight Eighth Notes
Jazz Waltz
Bossa Nova

2) Fill a room with the lush sounds of a beautiful chord melody. Learn how the pros take traditional chord changes and substitute jazz chord voicings to create beautiful jazz harmonies. Who doesn’t want to play a beautiful chord melody on guitar? Discover the three steps that enable you to arrange and perform you own chord melodies.

You will be doing these things and much more by using this intuitive publication.

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Way to Play: Bluegrass Guitar, Solos and Rhythm
Jay Hicks and Philip Groeber

G1053 / 7.95

Who doesn’t want to play bluegrass guitar? The music is easy to get into but hard to let go. Learn the basic chords and strumming patterns, add a little guitar solo magic and you are off into a new world of exciting acoustic guitar performance, very similar to playing jazz guitar.

1. Learn the way to play solo guitar the way the pros play. This easy to follow, step-by-step approach will have you “taking a break” with ease and playing some of the best known bluegrass songs in no time at all. Discover how to take a melody and create an improvised solo. Improve your guitar chops by learning classic bluegrass performance nuances and a lot more!

2. The basic keys of bluegrass music are explored using chords and various strumming patterns. Strumming techniques such as: the root strum, changing the boom, introducing the “9”chord, and using alternative fingerings teach you to jam in bluegrass style like a pro.

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Way To Play: Jazz Guitar: Chord Melody 1
Mark Tonelli and Philip Groeber

G1056 / 6.50

Fill a room with the lush chords of a beautiful chord melody! Here is a famous quote from Joe Pass, a famous jazz guitarist known for his chord melody skills, “Guitarists should be able to pick up the guitar and play music on it for an hour, without a rhythm section or anything!” Time to get busy!

The ability to play the chords and the melody of a song at the same time is one of the unique features of the guitar. In jazz guitar, it’s known as “chord melody.” Chord melody transforms the guitar into a one-man band: you play the melody, accompany, provide the bass line, and define the time.

The purpose of this book is twofold:

1. provide specific instruction on how to create your own chord melodies (pages 3-7)
2. show you the inner workings of chord melody through 13 jazz guitar songs in a variety of styles. (pages 8-29)

Not only are there 10 great tunes in this book arranged as very accessible chord melodies for the intermediate guitarist, the authors also carefully explain how to create your own arrangements, with “Seven Steps” to creating a chord melody. Learn how to take traditional chord changes, substitute jazz voicings, and then add the melody to create beautiful music.

Study the Glossary to further understanding the concepts and technicalities of performing the jazz guitar style.

Use the Free Downloadable Recordings to help you fine-tune your performance.

Above all, enjoy the music.

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Way To Play: Classical Guitar: Contemporary Concepts 1
Sean Thrower
Edited by Philip Groeber

G1070 / 6.50

Play the classical guitar and know what it is like to perform music in its entirety, not only a solo or a chord progression. Play the melody, harmony, and bass all at the same time!

The guitar has come a long way since its early beginnings in Western Europe with music by composers such as Fernando Sor, Matteo Carcassi, and Mauro Giuliani. As the audience broadened, thanks in part to the popularity of guitarists like Andrés Segovia (and later Julian Bream, Oscar Ghiglia,
and John Williams), so too did the repertoire and range of influences. Modern classical guitar performances may now feature music from a wide variety of styles and genres including flamenco, jazz, folk, and even rock. Research the references made in this book to other contemporary guitarists/composers: Tommy Emmanuel, Paco de Lucia, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, and Joe Satriani. Listen to the wonderful music of other contemporary classical guitarists as well: Antigoni Goni, Johannes Möller, Matt Palmer, Andrew York, and many more.

This book leads the way for the intermediate classical guitarist to advance their skill level, showing them the way by developing new techniques, enabling them to play the exciting classical music of their time.

Each of the nine pieces is meant to introduce the intermediate level guitarist to a variety of techniques, compositional ideas, and musical influences. Prepare for each piece by reading the text and practicing any accompanying examples in the “About the Music” section. Use the Free Downloadable Recordings as a reference to ensure that you are capturing the right feel and expression.

You will see two icons throughout this book. They provide tips and ideas to get the most from what you are learning. They say what the notes and words on the page do not say, what the authors would say if they were there with you!

Tech Tip Offers helpful suggestions related to the technical aspects of performing on the classical guitar.

Music Master Provides historical facts and important information relating to the music.

Study the Glossary to further understanding the concepts and technicalities of the contemporary classical guitar.

Use the Free Downloadable Recordings to help you fine-tune your performance.

Above all, enjoy the music.

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