Hi Jazzy Players!
This is a questions and answers page. If you have any questions about the Jazzy Ukulele books or music in general please go to my "contact me page" and send me an email. I'll Answer it personally as soon as I can. Sometimes it takes a few days. If I think others might have a similar question I will post it here. Thanks, Glen
Q: What songs are in the Bossa Nova Classics for Ukulele book and which ones are on the instruction videos?.....Bill
A: Bossa Nova Video #1 has lessons for the first five songs in the Bossa Classic book and is an hour long.
Q: Do you recommend Aquila GCEA string sets for Baritone ukes? I ran across these on ebay, but have not found concert ones for baritone length as mentioned in your video. I currently play a Kala tenor, and am shopping for a baritone due to your influence.......Jim
For my YouTube videos I’m playing a baritone ukulele, but one strung
with extra-long concert tuned strings
(GCEA ). The
Q: I just downloaded your book. After closing it I tried to open it again and it and it is nowhere on the computer. Do a search for all PDF files. .....Scott
A: It probably is in your downloads folder. It should have saved itself automatically and planted itself there. The automated server allows a few downloads so if it was less than a week ago you can just go back to your mails inbox and re-download it .If by some chance it didn't save itself and you letrive and you have it foreve a week or so go by you may not be able to re-download it. Let me know if that happens. The links expire after a week or so. When you order something be sure to open the link for the book or video within the first week, then it will be on your hard dr.
A: I have one student who records Skype lessons with the program and he says it works well.
Just do a google search for ,"record Skype video" and you will see lots of options.
Q: I am studying the melodies and trying to spot patterns. You say patterns always begun with minor chords (or just major patterns?)....Bruno
A: The answer to the general question about jazz patterns always beginning with some sort of minor chord....that is correct. The way I define them in the book, the major patterns always start with minor chords. ( whether they are 2-chord patterns or 3-chord patterns) The minor patterns will always begin with m7b5 chords. ( whether they are 2-chord patterns or 3-chord patterns)
The jazz patterns in the book are actually what jazz players call ii-V-I patterns ( 2-5-1) or ii-V patterns (2-5).
The major patterns ( ii-V-I ) derive from the major scale. The minor patterns (iib5b7- V7b9 - im ) derive from the harmonic minor scale.
If you see a minor 7 chord or minor 7b5 chord in a jazz chart it's generally the beginning of a jazz pattern. Sometimes it's not clear because of extra chord inserted in between the basic chords. A good professional fake book will help because they don't add too many extra chords.
I don't get into these theory explanations in the books because they only lead to more complex questions that require understanding music fundamental to explain them correctly. I find that students can enjoy working with jazz patterns without having to understand the theory behind them.
A: Hi Martyn,
A fake book is a professional musicians term originally but now is part of the common parlance of music shops and customers in music stores. It is a big collection of popular songs with melody, words and chords only. No written piano arrangements like one finds when buying a single song sheet. The meaning of "fake" is to create or fake an instant arrangement using the chord symbols as your guide. The more experienced a player is the more smooth is the faked , spontaneous arrangement.
Not all fake books are good for serious players and students. I recommend the best known and purchasable books in the jazzy workbook. There are a preponderance of lousy fake books publishers put out that have bad and wrong chords. Why? We don't know but that's the reality.
Professional Musicians still have their own, non available to the public, jazz fake books they share with each other and use on gigs.
I always recommend the "Real Book" by Hal Leonard for a good fake book. The charts are written by jazz players and keep the chord progressions very clear so you can spot the jazz patterns a little more easily.
Look on the front, HOME page of the web site on the bottom and you will see a large photo of 106 Fake Books. Click on it to get linked to a web site that offers an incredible deal on digital jazz fake books. It's an astounding resource. You get many fake books on their DVD package.The 76 books collection has all the Real Books and the Blue Book, two of my favorites. You can order their bigger packages for even more books. Click here to go directly to their site: http://nwpianogallery.com/PLSheetMusic.html
Or buy the vocal version - has lyrics too:
There are a lot of them offered by Hal Leonard. you can view the contents page when you google the books.They include a lot of real jazz tunes that non jazz players don't know. So it's good to look at the contents pages to see what you want.
Q: I have the bossa nova book. It seems to me that tuning for Girl from Ipanema are different than on the videos....Jean
A: There are two different videos for Ipanema on YouTube and both are in different keys but both tunes GCEA.
The Ipanema version in the book matched the vocal YouTube version in the key of F.
Link to YouTube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWZFnL0QPBA
There is another instrumental version in the key of Bb. No singing on that one. I attached the music for that version for you in case you don't already have it. Here's the YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r74KEYABacII am playing with a low G on my ukulele as I always do when playing jazz.
Q: When are you going to produce a book with all of the old standards words and chords. I had difficulty following your original books but eventually worked them out...Duggo
A: Hi Duggo,I do wish I could include melody and lyrics in the Jazzy ukulele Books but my lawyer has informed I would be in copyright violation without the publishers consent and the publishers will not grant digital rights to anyone at this point. So all the books are chord studies and the chords happen to apply to many jazz standards...Glen
Q: Is the Advanced Jazz Chords video difficult
A: The "advanced" chords are actually easy to make. I designed it that way. no weird hand stretches.
They all develop out of the "A shape patterns" and you can get started with the Advanced Video after you get comfortable with those shapes. It's all about changing the middle chord in the pattern ever so slightly to get the groovy jazz sound. It's the same on piano or guitar too. Really very little needs to be done to create the exciting jazz chord sound.