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To make it easier to find what you are looking for we've categorised the guitarists on to a number of pages. Remember you can always search for something specific from the top button. As an aside, each of these guitarists would be horrified to find that they had benn classified in these categories.

bulletEarly Jazz - Freddie Green, Charlie Christian
bulletBebop - Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel
bulletHard Bop - Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass
bulletSoul Jazz - George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green
bulletCool Jazz - Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Billy Bauer
bulletFlame Keepers - Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Bruno

For Additional Information visit:

bulletJazz Guitarists of the 1950/60's - foils from the lecture given by Alisdair MacRae Birch at the State University of New York
bulletJazz Guitar Players - List of links to jazz guitar players
bulletJazz Guitar Links - List of links to jazz guitar sites

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Notz Recommended Sites Recommended !Alisdair MacRae-Birch Musician and man behind Check out his web site. There is more information on Jazz Guitar, Essential tunes and transcriptions. Also Links to other Jazz Guitarists and Sites. Recommended !Discussion group for Jazz Guitarists. Topics such as chords, harmony, theory, practice methods, recordings, and equipment are welcome. List has been existence since 1995, first on a private listserv, then on the original egroups. Open to beginners and advanced players.
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The Jazz Guitar by Maurice J. Summerfield

Check Out The Jazz Guitar : Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1900

This is the 4th edition of this 396 page book. Originally published in 1978, it's an Encyclopedia of Jazz Guitar Players. Maurice Summerfield devotes a page to each well known player, giving bigraphic information, a discography and any publications they have written. A monumental piece of work featuring more than 250 guitarists.

Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo

Check Out Zen Guitar Book Cover ImagePhilip Sudo, a student of Eastern philosophy and guitar player believes that each of us carries a song inside that makes us unique. In Zen Guitar, he looks at how to find and awaken the song within. He apples the ancient wisdom of the East to guitar playing. Zen guitar offers a contemplative approach to releasing the song inside a unique path to spiritual fulfillment and harmonious living.
The Gibson L5 : Its History and Its Players by Adrian Ingram

The Gibson L5: It's history and players As the title says, this is an indepth look at the Gibson L5, it's history and players. Some of Jazz's most influential players used the Gibson L5, a great book with lots of interesting details, by UK guitarist, educator and author Adrian Ingram.


Mel Bay's Complete Book Jazz Guitar : Lines & Phrases by Sid Jacobs

Sid Jacob is a great jazz guitar player on the West Coast who teaches at Musicians Institute (GIT). In his book he looks at idiomatic jazz lines, fourth and intervallic sequences, augmented, diminished and whole tone scale. This book is a great jazz vocabulary builder.

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