I bought the book a couple of months ago, and I'm pretty lost in it all! I learn bits and pieces every once in a while, but it feels like I'm going through it all wrong.
I mean, there's an excellent song breakdown of e.g. Douce Ambience at the end, which is great for learning that specific song and chord progression. But before that, there are like... chord charts (basic and advanced chords), substitutions, multi-purpose chords, ii-V-i progressions with various chords etc...
I mean, I can understand that you need to learn at least the basic chords before moving onto progression types. And you need to understand the basic progressions of e.g. V-I before moving on to entire songs. But I've been spending a month (on and off, as I play other styles as well) ONLY going through chord shapes, seeing that I can take a basic G7 shape and move the 7 to get a Gmin6 etc... It feels like I'm building up a few tools that I can't really use that much, as I don't know that many songs yet.
Should I start going through the songs? Should I start working on the melody lines and embellishment parts of the book? I'm going through Wrembel's "Getting into gypsy jazz guitar" as well, which is _excellent_ for lead playing. But I still don't sound semi-gypsy more than perhaps 1/5th of my playing time. And I feel that in the amount of time I've spent on this, I really don't know too many songs yet! What's the point of it all if I can't even play more than 4-5 songs (some of them not even "standards", but more like Big Brother by Stephane Wrembel)?
Sorry for the long post, but I'm just kinda lost. I'm going to start jamming with other musicians this summer, and I need more songs down before I... well: "enter the stage".