The Charlie Christian Method For Jazz Guitar Improvisation teaches guitarists how to improvise in the jazz style by going ‘back to the well’ of ideas presented by the first electric guitar genius, Charlie Christian. Christian was the first electric guitar soloist and remains one of the most influential guitarists of all time, having heavily influenced Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, and later generations of guitar heroes. Readers will learn the how to solo over chord changes using the author’s ‘chord tone diagram’ concept gleaned from Christian’s solo playing, and learn a wide vocabulary of essential jazz guitar lines through the 10 solos presented in the book (notation and tablature provided). A link to download MP3 audio examples with both slow and regular speed performances is provided in the book so readers have an audio reference for solos they may not be familiar with. Recommended for intermediate guitar players who have an understanding of extended chords (7th, 9th, 13th).
By Joe Dochtermann