i have recenentyl grown an intrest in jazz guitar.....id like to learn how to play this styl eof music. im not really sure where to start though? find a jazz musician? try to play there music? anyone have any suggestions on how to get started learning jazz??
Do you like any jazz guitarists? If not I would start two things...get a book, video, or lesson on jazz guitar and start listening to jazz guitarists until you find one you like. This way you cover the basics and then branch off.
"What's the point of callin' shots;
This cue ain't straight in line.
Cue ball's made of styrofoam
And no one's got the time." (Garcia/Hunter)
As suggested, start listening to your favorites and the greats -- guitar and other instruments ... and get an instructor. There is a lot to learn, and you will be able to do it faster and better with good guidance.
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the thing is...i dont no any jazz guitarists, i just saw my freidn playing a bunch of great jazzy stuff, and i want to learn that type of stuff, but i cant learn from him because he lives somewhere else. if you guys no a certain artist that you like please tell me, that way i can look him up. and get an idea of where i want to start going
Some of my favorite guitarists to listen to and study are Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Grant Green, and Kenny Burrell. If you really listen to these musicians you will surely be interested in the stuff they play, as you were when you heard your friend play.
Good luck, it's not easy, but it sure is fun! 8)
One of the only Jazz guitarists I know: Joe Pass. His playing amazes me.
here is a cool little jazz style video w/charts I found last week that you might like: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/features/steal_this_video_jazz.html
Also nice jazz site here: http://www.jazzguitar.be/
Hope they help.
"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge