Learning how to play jazz guitar is no cakewalk but then that's what attracts most of us to the style to begin with. Jazz guitar is indeed challenging, however it's also extremely rewarding because the form allows you the ultimate freedom of expression as a musician. But before you can exercise that freedom, you have to put your time in listening to jazz, watching video jazz guitar lessons, and learning the requisite theory, chords, rhythms and vocabulary.
As is the case with all of the arts, you can read all of the books on the subject but the only way to truly learn the form is to study with a master. And the sooner you find your mentor, the better.
Beginning Jazz Guitar is not just a solid starter jazz guitar course, it's also your apprenticeship with a jazz master who is supremely qualified to be your guide throughout the many study phases you will undertake on your journey towards becoming proficient in all aspects of jazz guitar.
Bruce Arnold may likely be the most talented, most prolific and most accomplished composer, player and jazz educator on the planet. Bruce runs the guitar programs at Princeton University and New York University, hosts the Summer Jazz Workshops in NYC, and is widely respected by peers and students alike as a "powerhouse in the world of jazz education."
Arnold has published over one hundred books and courses on subjects including improvisation, ear training, sight reading and rhythmic studies. With over twenty five CD and DVD recordings to his credit, Arnold tours internationally and has played with a diverse range of musicians including Stuart Hamm, Peter Erskine, Joe Pass, Joe Lovano, Lenny Pickett, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Absolute Ensemble under the baton of Kristjan Järvi.