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Howard Alden –
Sweet and Lowdown

It's here! The long-awaited transcriptions of Howard Alden's incredible playing in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown. The film's main character, fictitious jazz guitarist Emmett Ray, is considered to be the second only to Django Reinhardt.

The versatile Howard Alden actually played all of the solo acoustic guitar parts for the movie. This new book contains note-for-note transcriptions in both standard notation and tab of Howard's Django-esque interpretations and improvisations of classic 1930's standards, as well as a few originals. Includes the film's two unaccompanied solos: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles and 12th Street Rag! These two very popular tracks were inexplicably omitted from the soundtrack CD, but can be heard on the film's video/DVD release.

Sweet and Lowdown sparked a renewal of interest in swing and gypsy jazz guitar. Howard's playing is superb throughout. Highly recommended.

  • E is for Emmett
  • 12th Street Rag
  • 3:00 AM Blues
  • I'll See You in My Dreams
  • I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
  • It Don't Mean a Thing
    (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
  • Just a Gigolo
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Old Fashioned Love
  • Shine
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Unfaithful Woman
  • Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

Music/TAB Book: $19.95

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Lenny Breau –
Fingerstyle Jazz

Re-released, now with companion CD! Written by Lenny Breau and John Knowles, Section I is a Lenny Breau Guitar Clinic. Topics covered include "Harmonics At Work", "Three Against Two" and "Building The Blues", where you'll improvise lead lines and comp chords at the same time! Section II features 3 transcriptions from Lenny's LP's: Freight Train, Five O'Clock Bells, and Little Blues. Note: The CD features the entire Guitar Clinic from Section 1, but does NOT include Freight Train, Five O'Clock Bells or Little Blues. Recommended.

Music/TAB Book and CD Set: $22.95

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Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos
Thirteen Standards, Volume 1

One of the most respected guitarists in jazz, the late Barry Galbraith produced an incredible body of work. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Jim Lichens and friends, many of these great solos are now available in two new Book/CD sets. Galbraith was a master of harmony and chord substitution, and each of these chord melody solos is a joy to play. Volume 1 also includes over 20 pages of biographic articles and photos, as well as a Galbraith discography. Highly recommended.

  • For All We Know
  • Darn That Dream
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Alone Together
  • I Can't Get Started
  • As Time Goes By
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Born to Be Blue
  • Embraceable You
  • You Go to My Head
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • 'Round Midnight
  • Good Morning Heartache

Music/TAB Book and CD Set: $19.95

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Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos
Thirteen Standards, Volume 2

More great chord melody arrangements by Barry Galbraith. (See Volume 1 description above.) You'll learn chord harmony while working with these great melodies by Gershwin, Ellington, and others. Highly recommended.

  • A Certain Smile
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Here's that Rainy Day
  • How About You?
  • I Cover the Waterfront
  • I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  • Imagination
  • Last Night When We
    Were Young
  • Love Walked In
  • Our Love is Here to Stay
  • Satin Doll
  • Somebody Loves Me
  • Yesterdays

Music/TAB Book and CD Set: $17.95

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The Joe Pass Collection

What a great time to be a guitarist! Remember the old days when we'd wear out our LPs trying to figure out chords/riffs? (Heck—remember LPs?) Now professional transcribers do it all for us! Here's a great book of note-for-note transcriptions for 12 incredible Joe Pass arrangements. Believe me—you want this book. Highly recommended.

  • Cheek To Cheek
  • I Got Rhythm
  • In A Sentimental Mood
  • Blues For Basie
  • The Song Is You
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Satin Doll
  • Dissonance #1
  • Pasta Blues
  • Happy Holiday Blues
  • Blues For Hank
  • Yardbird Suite

Music/TAB Book: $18.95

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Joe Pass –
Virtuoso Standards

I've been having a blast playing Have you Met Miss Jones and Sweet Lorraine from this collection—so I know it's extremely accurate. Six of the tunes are transcribed from his very popular Virtuoso series of recordings. As above, if you enjoy Joe's playing, you want this book. Very highly recommended.

  • The Man I Love
  • I Can't Get Started
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • 'Round Midnight
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • In Your Own Sweet Way

Music/TAB Book: $21.95

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Bucky Pizzarelli – 
Master Jazz Guitar
Solo Collection

33 great chord melody arrangements from seven-string jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Bucky's sense of harmony creates beautiful, rich solos. If you're a seven-string player, you've just got to have this book. (Music and TAB with two CDs!)

If you're on a six-string like I am, you can still benefit from these solos with a little extra work. Here's how: A seven-string guitar adds a low A string, tuned an octave below the 5th string A. Scan the music/tab for notes fretted on the 7th string. Now finger that same fret on the 5th string. You'll still have Bucky's clever lines and chord substitutions, but of course you won't have quite as much "bottom." I tried this method with Bucky's arrangement of I Don't Know How to Love Him — it translated into a very cool six-string solo.

Eleven of the tunes are arranged for six-string, and I've marked the with a "6S" in the list below. Also note that three of the solos are not on the CDs. I've marked these "no trk." Don't miss this one!

  • All This and Heaven Too
  • Autumn Nocturne
  • Bewitched  
  • Bizarre (6S) 
  • Blues Chromatique (6S) 
  • Cry Me a River  
  • Dancing in the Dark  
  • Darn That Dream  
  • Do Nothin' Till You Hear
    From Me (no trk) (6S)
  • The End of a Love Affair  
  • Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer  
  • Happy Bass Note Waltz (6S)
  • Haunted Heart (6S)  
  • I Could Write a Book (no trk)  
  • I Don't Know How to Love Him  
  • I Had Picked You (6S)
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • Indy Annie (6S)
  • Jersey Bounce  
  • Noynyo's Waltz (6S)
  • One Morning in May  
  • Over and Over Blues (6S)
  • Red Beans and Rice (6S)
  • 'Round Midnight
  • Smoke Eyes (6S)
  • Sophisticated Lady/Prelude
    to a Kiss  
  • Stompin' for Boz  
  • Sweet Lorraine  
  • Tears
  • All The Things You Are (no trk)
  • Warm Valley  
  • What are You Doing the
    Rest of Your Life?  
  • You Must Believe in Spring

Music/TAB Book and 2 CDs: $34.95

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Martin Taylor –
Jazz Guitar Artistry

A great book! Seven note-for-note transcriptions of Martin Taylor's solo incredible fingerstyle solos from his debut album Sketches - A Tribute to Art Tatum. Includes performance notes. Music Notation only—NO TAB. Very highly recommended.

  • All The Things You Are
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • I've Got The World On A String
  • It's Only A Paper Moon
  • Ol' Man River
  • Taking A Chance On Love
  • Time After Time

Music Notation only – No TAB  Book: $16.95

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Robert Yelin –
Solo Jazz Guitar Series

We're happy to offer this popular 5-part series of chord melody books, released as Jazz Standards, Jazz Favorites, Jazz Classics, Jazz Gems and Jazz Treasures.

Each book features 35 tunes, reharmonized for solo guitar by Robert Yelin. To quote the author, these books are "for guitarists who want to learn chord melody arrangements, new chords, when and how to use them . . . You'll also learn that just because a chord has a long name, it doesn't have to be difficult to play! "

A great feature of the series is that above each line of music and TAB you'll also find the composer's original melody, chords, and lyrics. This allows you to (A) see what chord changes Yelin has made and (B) have the option to play the original 'vanilla' chords if desired.

All five Music/TAB books are similar in style and quality, so you can make your selection based on the tunes featured in each book. (Professional guitarists may want the entire set to cover any possible client requests.)

Jazz Standards
Robert Yelin, (See series description above.)

  • A Day In The Life Of A Fool
  • A Nightingale Sang In
    Berkeley Square
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Bewitched
  • But Beautiful
  • Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
  • Darn That Dream
  • Falling In Love With Love
  • Girl Talk
  • Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
  • I Hear A Rhapsody
  • I've Got You Under My Skin
  • If I Should Lose You
  • In A Sentimental Mood
  • Isn't It Romantic?
  • It Never Entered My Mind
  • Like Someone In Love
  • Lullaby Of Birdland
  • Misty
  • My Favorite Things
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Out Of Nowhere
  • Prelude To A Kiss
  • Slightly Out Of Tune (Desafinado)
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Tangerine
  • The Nearness Of You
  • The Very Thought Of You
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • This Can't Be Love
  • When Sunny Gets Blue
  • Yesterday

Music/TAB  Book: $17.95

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Jazz Favorites
Robert Yelin, (See series description above.)

  • Angel Eyes
  • Autumn In New York
  • Body And Soul
  • Call Me Irresponsible
  • Dancing On The Ceiling
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • You'd Be So Easy To Love
  • Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • How Deep Is The Ocean
  • I Could Write A Book
  • I Don't Stand A Ghost
    Of A Chance
  • I'll Remember April
  • In A Mellow Tone
  • In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
  • Just The Way You Are
  • Lush Life
  • Midnight Sun
  • Mood Indigo
  • My One And Only Love
  • My Shining Hour
  • Nature Boy
  • On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  • Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  • Skylark
  • Solitude
  • Speak Low
  • Take The 'A' Train
  • The Gift! (Recado Bossa Nova)
  • The Lady Is A Tramp
  • There Is No Greater Love
  • We'll Be Together Again
  • Where Or When
  • Witchcraft
  • You'd Be So Nice To
    Come Home To

Music/TAB  Book: $17.95

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Jazz Classics
Robert Yelin, (See series description above.)

  • All Of You
  • April In Paris
  • Beautiful Love
  • Cheek To Cheek
  • Come Rain Or Come Shine
  • Cry Me A River
  • Day By Day
  • Easy Living
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • God Bless' The Child
  • Here's That Rainy Day
  • I Can't Get Started With You
  • I Remember You
  • I Thought About You
  • I've Grown Accustomed
    To Her Face
  • Imagination
  • It Could Happen To You
  • It Might As Well Be Spring
  • Little Girl Blue
  • Lover
  • Moonlight In Vermont
  • My Foolish Heart
  • My Romance
  • Nuages
  • Samba De Orfeu
  • Satin Doll
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Stardust
  • Tenderly
  • The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
  • Unchained Melody
  • Wave
  • What's New?
  • When I Fall In Love
  • Willow Weep For Me

Music/TAB  Book: $17.95

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Jazz Gems
Robert Yelin, (See series description above.)

  • A Child Is Born
  • After You've Gone
  • Alfie
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Along Came Betty
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Come Sunday
  • Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
  • East Of The Sun
  • Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  • For All We Know
  • Four
  • How Insensitive (Insensatez)
  • I Get Along Without You Very Well
  • I Remember Clifford
  • I Should Care
  • I've Got The World On A String
  • It's Only A Paper Moon
  • It's You Or No One
  • Lament
  • Last Night When We Were Young
  • Manha De Carnaval
    (A Day In The Life Of A Fool)
  • Meditation (Meditacao)
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  • Moonlight Becomes You
  • Poor Butterfly
  • Stompin' At The Savoy
  • Sweet And Lovely
  • The Breeze And I
  • The Christmas Song
    (Chestnuts Roasting On Open Fire)
  • This Is All I Ask (Beautiful Girls
    Walk A Little Slower)
  • Waltz For Debby
  • Yardbird Suite
  • You'll Never Walk Alone
  • You've Changed

Music/TAB  Book: $17.95

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Jazz Treasures
Robert Yelin, (See series description above.)

  • A Fine Romance
  • A Man And A Woman
  • A Sunday Kind Of Love
  • All The Things You Are
  • Always
  • Bluesette
  • Broadway
  • Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)
  • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  • Dearly Beloved
  • Dreamsville
  • For Heaven's Sake
  • How High The Moon
  • I Love Paris
  • I'll Never Smile Again
  • I'm Beginning To See The Light
  • I'm Just A Lucky So And So
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • It's Easy To Remember
  • Long Ago (And Far Away)
  • Lover Man (Oh, Where
    Can You Be?)
  • More Than You Know
  • Ol' Man River
  • Old Devil Moon
  • One Note Samba
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  • The Folks Who Live On The Hill
  • The Girl From Ipanema
  • The Song Is You
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Watch What Happens
  • With A Song In My Heart
  • Yesterdays
  • You Brought A New Kind
    Of Love To Me
  • You Don't Know What Love Is

Music/TAB  Book: $17.95

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