Johnny Smith was one of the great pioneers of jazz guitar. His impeccable technique, tone, and musical sensibilities set him apart from his peers. One of his great innovations was the development of the chord-melody technique for solo guitar. His beautiful arrangement of "Moonlight in Vermont" is among his most famous performances in this style. His recording titled Legends consists entirely of brilliant unaccompanied chord-melody arrangements.
This book focuses on Johnny Smith's trademark 3 octave scale and arpeggio fingerings. Johnny provides numerous exercises to develop your knowledge of scales and arpeggios in every key.
22 Pages with detailed fingering and pick stroke suggestions.
Good place to start
The Johnny Smith AtTfG:IaAS Is a nice little ebook. It has a couple exercises that provide a different approach to scales and arpeggios. I've found most everything to be very useful and have incorporated parts into my practice schedule. The three octave approach is a nice departure from CAGED forms (but is still derived from the basic horizontal CAGED scales). He lists everything in major and harmonic minor, but you can apply it to most anything. The exercises are written in twelve keys even though he says it's better for you to figure it out on your own. This could have been just 4 or 5 pages instead of 22. If you know your CAGED scales and want to start moving beyond that, this ebook can get you going in the right direction. Overall I'll give it a "B" only because there's not much there for $10. Buy it and then buy his "Moonlight in Vermont" album and get to transcribing.
Submitted by: Ypmid on 04/24/2011 10:04:57 PM