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The Guitar Chord Shapes of Charlie Christian

By Joe Weidlich

By Charlie Christian. Guitar. Instruction, Jazz Instruction. Softcover with CD. 93 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications (HL.388).

Item Number: HL.388

ISBN 9781574241495. 9x12 inches. Book/CD Pack by Joe Weidlich.

The concepts and fingerings in this book have been developed by analyzing the licks used by Charlie Christian. Chord shapes are moveable; thus one can play the riffs in virtually any key without difficulty by simply moving the shape, and fingerings used to play them, up or down the fingerboard. The author shows how the chord shapes – F, D and A – are formed, then can easily be modified to major, minor, dominant seventh and diminished seventh chord voicings. Analyzing licks frequently used by Charlie Christian, Joe has identified a series of what he calls tetrafragments, i.e., the core element of a lick. The identifiable “sound” of a particular lick is preserved regardless of how many notes are added on either side of it, e.g., pickup notes or tag endings. Many examples are shown and played on the CD of how this basic concept was used by Charlie Christian to keep his solo lines moving forward. Weidlich also makes observations on the physical manner Charlie Christian used in playing jazz guitar and how that approach contributed to his smooth, mostly down stroke, pick technique.

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  • May 21, 2009 Appalling

    "the CD musical tracks were not played on a guitar but generated from the music program". That's the Editors note written in very small characters on page one of the book. The sound on the cd is not even a synthetised guitar. No, imagine the music of Charlie Christian...

    played on a music box! That's what you get.

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