MILWAUKEE – Hal Leonard is happy to announce a new and innovative resource from jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer Rez Abbasi aimed at helping intermediate and advanced guitarists gain more control over the guitar and to “expand their improvisatory consciousness”: New Dimensions in Jazz Guitar.
Abbasi, considered by peers as one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players in the world today, has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, including Ruth Brown, Gary Thomas, Billy Hart, and many more.
New Dimensions in Jazz Guitar combines concepts derived from two distinct improvisatory worlds, American jazz, and Indian classical music, to create a new approach for playing and practicing jazz guitar. Abbasi provides a variety of exercises and self-exploration to challenge players on every level. Exercises and concepts featured in the book include Connection and Phrasing – Expanding Emotional Awareness – Gaining Control – Muscle Development – Use of Tension – Expanding the Board – Deficiency-Revealing Exercises – Compositional Playing – Breaking Out of Habitual Playing – Practice Methods – Jazz and Awareness – and more.
In addition to the exercises and concepts, the book also comes with audio demo tracks for all the music in the book. The audio tracks can be accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.