The Best of Grant Green: A Step-By-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of the Jazz Groove Master (Guitar Signature Licks) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/1/1
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(Signature Licks Guitar). Explore the many stylistic turns of one of the most influential guitarists in jazz! Renowned guitar educator Wolf Marshall takes you inside 13 of Grant Green's most popular tunes to examine his unique lines and musicality. Includes: Airegin * Born to Be Blue * Cool Blues * If I Should Lose You * My Favorite Things * Oleo * Sookie Sookie * Stella by Starlight * This Could Be the Start of Something Big * Tune Up * and more. The accompanying online audio includes full demos.
Wolf Marshall is one of my favorite teachers and I understand that everyone has their own taste re the selected recordings. I thought the tablature and the recordings were both excellent. Would I buy this book again? Of course. I enjoyed it, and hey, It's THE ONLY BOOK AVAILABLE for Grant's recordings. I hope that Wolf does more Grant Green tablature for all of us fans of the coolest cat to ever groove.
The Wolf Marshall book (The Best of GG) is a series of transcriptions of many tunes including some harmonic explanations. I think there’s value in these but, personally, I can’t memorize that much information. It would be better for me to take a few licks and lines and work on them into my existing tunes, which I intend to do. Can’t say for sure but I’m guessing most people don’t utilize a book like this to completion. If you did – you’d likely begin to sound something like Grant Green himself (or somewhere thereabouts).
So…..if you love books full of transcriptions, this is the book for you.
In the style of Grant Green (Corey Christiansen) is more of a nuts and bolts approach to understanding the techniques and approaches that were used by Green. In addition to examples of 2 or 3 bar phrases (in ii/V and minor and major key)s, there are explanations to dominant bebop, dorian bebop, major bebop, 3 – b9 arpeggios, upper structure, target notes, double stops, pentatonic/blues scales and syncopation techniques with examples. Plus one is encourage to work these out in the circle of 4ths so the playing becomes solidly ingrained and usable. Plus there are many examples of lines using these approaches including backing tracks. Plus there’s an etude at the end, pulling all the concepts together.
As you might be able to tell, I’m a bigger fan of the approach that would be more of an extensive series of lessons, where I’m developing my own voice, based on the techniques of Grant Green – which will I hope, make be a much better player and have to rely less on memorization.
I have nothing against learning licks from books (I have plenty of them) but I gravitate to books such as “In the Style of Grant Green” as it not only build on my playing skills but helps me understand the technique behind it.
I hope this helps you make a decision that suits your needs for learning.
~ The 88-page book/CD package contains the songs listed below. I have indicated the CD that contains the original GG version of the tune. I have also added notes that hopefully will be helpful to people thinking about purchasing this book/CD combo.
* Ain't It Funky Now, Pt. 2 ..... 61 bar solo..... CD: Green is Beautiful
* Airegin ..... intro, head, 3 chorus solo ..... CD: Nigeria
* Born To Be Blue ..... 2 brief 1 chorus solos ..... CD: Born To Be Blue
* Cool Blues ..... head, 4 chorus solo ..... CD: Born To Be Blue
* If I Should Lose You ..... intro, head, 2 chorus solo ..... CD: Born To Be Blue
* Little Girl Blue ...... intro, head, solo ..... CD: Oleo
* My Favorite Things ..... 207 bar solo ..... CD: Matador
* Oleo ..... head, 3 chorus solo ..... CD: Oleo
* Sookie Sookie ..... 57 bar solo ..... CD: Alive!
* Stella By Starlight ..... head, 1 chorus solo ..... CD: I Want to Hold Your Hand
* This Could Be The Start Of Something Big ..... head, 2 chorus solo ..... CD: I Want to Hold Your Hand
* Tune Up ..... intro, 5 chorus solo ..... CD: Oleo
* Wives And Lovers (Hey, Little Girl) ..... head, 2 chorus solo ..... CD: Solid
~ The transcriptions in regular musical notation as well as tab notation appear to be accurate and provide considerable insight into Grant Green's linear style.
~ Highly recommended to beginner, intermediate, or advanced guitarists who wants to gain insight into the improvisational style of a guitarist that influenced a large number of soulful funky followers.
This helps open new windows in your playing, and I can only hope they put out a Volume 2. We need more tools like this, and he has so many other great songs we all would love to learn. He is the absolute best player in my opinion, and I will dedicate the time to learn every song I can within my capabilities. I really hope Wolf Marshall will put out a new series. We would all appreciate it. This is the absolute best learning and practice method I have come across. keep it up, and if you are on the fence buy this. You will not regret it. A true masterpiece in jazz, funk, and blues guitar work.