Mickey Baker Jazz Chords Vol. 1

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  1. rxtech

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    I am a beginner/intermediate player and I was wondering if this book is a good resource for me for learning any kind of guitar. If so, what are some helpful hints you could pass my way in using this book?
     
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    Absolutely!
    Both MB books are great.
    I got mine when I was about 21, and it was a great help.
    Ted Greene’s Chord Chemistry tome is great, too.
     
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    Did you learn all of the chords on the first page first?
     
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  4. Harry Styron

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    Use the first page as a reference only. The chords are introduced as you work through the lessons. It’s a good idea to photocopy the chord page and keep the copy at hand, so that you don’t have to turn back to page 1 each time you encounter a chord that you don’t remember.

    You can find videos of each lesson on YouTube; they were helpful to me.
     
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    It was and is a great help. I go back to it from time to time to run thru some of the exercises cause I love the grips instead of barre chords. Good resource. I wish I would have had it from day 1.
     
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    Mickey Baker, yes, Ted Greene (CC) no.
    My wee mind boggled.
     
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    This is a great book! Harry Styron's advice re: copying the 'chord page' makes good sense.

    Chord Chemistry is really deep, but the chapters on chord-substitutions and blues progressions make it
    really worthwhile, and are pretty accessable,,,,

    Good Luck! RM
     
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    Baker book = awesome!
    TG's Chord Chemistry is formidable but as Rowdyman mentions the 'gold' is in the chapters pre and proceeding the actual chord lexicon. It's a lifetime's worth of info. *I'm on my 3rd copy.

    I have a set of 'quickie' TG lessons that you might find helpful as well as a few examples from Mickey's book 1

    Ted Greene quickie lessons ... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXZhDGBauvWQ3nsNR_IJhs0CFx_KSlEER

    MB examples ...
     
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    I downloaded Book 1 this week as wondered if I had forgotten things in it. Turns out I have retained
    probably 98% since using it 47 years ago. It was a great help and I still use a lot of it no matter what
    style of music. I still have the original paper one but it has gradually deteriorated.

    Chord Chemistry was a good progression from MB Book 1 and 2 for me along with Howard Roberts
    and Joe Pass although I really don't do Joe or Howard type stuff. The techinique and theory there
    is really good though to apply elsewhere.
     
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    I have a mickey baker book, never went past the first 3 pages. I need to get back into it.
     
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    One of the transformative influences on my playing.
     
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    This is. Great book. If you get a teacher to guide you through it you will get more out of it because it is really short on explanations. I have had a copy of it since it was first published. If you want to cut through the crap this is where you start. To be useful you really need to work each lesson out you will also need your ear.
     
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    Robben Ford always sited the MB book as a reference... :cool:
     
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    The Mickey Baker book is one of the first, and maybe because I like order and explanation, I found that missing. Learning the rudiments of theory and about drop-2 and drop-3 voicings help me organize chords in my mind.

    There is also a whole "less is more" thing with jazz chords on guitar, especially if you are playing with a bass player. You don't have to play the root, or fifth, of the chord, and you don't have to double any notes -- play a note and its octave. Goes against the whole cowboy chord background many guitar players start with.
     
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    The Mickey Baker book is a gem. I first dug into it when I was 15. That was almost 50 years ago. I still use everything I learned in that book.
     
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    Robben Ford says he learned his jazz chords with Baker's book way back in the beginning
     
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    about three years ago, I had a tussle with mickey baker. I worked on the first lesson or two for a week or two, then got distracted and wandered off. but one thing I saw (and this is totally debatable, IMO, YMMV) is that stevie ray Vaughan got some learning from this book. his lovely instrumental "lenny" is made up of the chords I was working on.
     
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    I bought mine after I heard RF mention it.

    One of these days I'll actually work through it. :/
     
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    While we are on the subject of Ted Greene... Modern Chord Progressions.
     
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