Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles

Berklee Jazz Bass (HL50449636/$19.99) is written by a power team of past and present Berklee instructors (Rich Appleman, Whit Browne, and Bruce Gertz), who have 120+ years of teaching experience between them. This new title will help students learn the intricacies of playing jazz by expanding basic technique to create interesting and grooving bass lines and melodically interesting solos. The book includes access to 166 online audio tracks of demonstrations and play-alongs, featuring a jazz combo playing bass lines and solos over standard jazz progressions.

Contemporary Jazz Guitar Solos (HL143596/$16.99) by Michael Kaplan teaches twelve contemporary jazz guitar solos from six great artists: Jim Hall, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Biréli Lagréne and Mike Stern. Each solo includes a technical introduction with analytical insights and references to its classic recording. The transcribed solos include traditional notation and tablature. Songs include “All the Things You Are,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Oleo,” “St. Thomas,” and more.

Jazz Guitar Fretboard Navigation – From Bach to Bebop by Mark White (HL154107/$19.99) helps students develop a fingerboard facility that fuses the great navigational conception of the classical guitar tradition with the improvisational, on-the-fly, solo content/language of the modern jazz guitarist. The result is a comprehensive approach to the guitar fingerboard that combines vertical orientations mixed with side-to-side and diagonal phrasing. The accompanying online recordings include demonstration and play-along tracks, including guitar duets and jazz combos.

Jazz Swing Guitar by Jon Wheatley (HL139935/$19.99) is for the guitarist looking to master the rich and varied world of jazz guitar. These 47 lessons and etudes present a comprehensive course of study to facilitate rapid progress with harmonic sensibility, fingerboard scholarship, essential repertoire, and stylistic nuance. These gorgeous, performance-quality etudes are rooted in the timeless jazz swing tradition for solo, duet and soloing over ensemble. The accompanying recordings demonstrate performances of the etudes.

The online audio also features PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, pan left or right — available exclusively from Hal Leonard.

All Berklee Press titles have been published by Hal Leonard Corporation since 1986.