Joseph Weidlich: Bebop Guitar - Basic Theory and Practice for Jazz Guitar in the Style of Charlie Parker
This book demonstrates how a guitarist can easily transform basic jazz improvisational techniques into bebop figures by embellishing them in the style of Charlie Parker, similar to the style he employed in his recordings 'with strings.'
After presenting the music theory concepts behind the basic embellishment figures used in pre-1950s jazz improvisation (eg scale patterns, neighbour tones, digital patterns, use of chromatic lines, voice leading etc), Weidlich provides many examples of how Charlie Parker transformed straight-ahead melodic lines into bebop phrases by making chromatic and rhythmic alterations to them.
Most of the examples in the book are presented in the key of G Major, thus allowing guitarists who do not often play in, or are just learning to play in traditional jazz flat keys, the opportunity to comfortably understand the concepts presented in a familiar, user-friendly key centre.
Bk/CD, 176 pages