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Herb Ellis - Swing Jazz Soloing & Comping - DVD
Let the undisputed "King of Swing" bring a personable and relaxed approach to the serious business of creating flowing and swinging jazz guitar lines! In this instructional DVD, Herb Ellis uses the 12 bar blues progression as a background while he explains and teaches his favorite single note lines that have made him part of jazz guitar history. You'll be up close with Herb as he takes you through various chord formations, scales, arpeggios, picking, comping, improvising, and structuring creative melodic ideas!
(60 min) Booklet included..................................................Price - $29.95
 Herb Ellis Jams The Blues

Herb Ellis - Detour Ahead: An Afternoon With Herb Ellis - DVD
Portrays the life and music of one of the true legends of jazz guitar. Along with modern interviews, this video features never-before-seen home movies from jazz's Golden Age of Herb Ellis on tour with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Byrd, Tal Farlow and others. Songs include: "The Days of Wine and Roses, Sweet Georgia Brown, Body and Soul, Georgia On My Mind, Danny Boy, John Brown's Body, Wave".
(60 min)..............................................................................Price - $24.95
 Herb Ellis Plays "The Days Of Wine And Roses"

Herb Ellis - Live! - DVD
Herb Ellis, an excellent be-bop based guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound, became famous playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio during 1953-1958. Prior to that he had played with The Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey, and the sadly under recorded trio Soft Winds. This DVD features a classic Herb Ellis performance from 1981, with Dave Maslow on bass. It also includes backstage interviews, biography, discography, and The Gibson Herb Ellis Signature 165s. Songs performed include: "Wave Sweet Georgia Brown America and more!
(60 min)..............................................................................Price - $19.95
 Herb Ellis Plays "Sweet Georgia Brown"

Herb Ellis - Best Of Herb Ellis - Book
Exact note for note transcriptions of single note improvised solos and chord melody solos from various albums spanning the entire career of jazz guitarist Herb Ellis! Includes: "Captain Bill Deep Detour Ahead Easter Parade Ellis in Wonderland It Could Happen to You Love for Sale Naptown Blues One Note Samba Pickly Wickly Royal Garden Blues Somebody Loves Me Stuffy".
Notation and tab................................................................Price - $19.95
 Herb Ellis Plays "Somebody Loves Me"

Herb Ellis - Jazz Guitar Method: All The Shapes You Are - Book and CD
Includes analysis of chord progression, back-up, soloing concepts, and comping patterns in notation and tab with examples and music for the jazz classic Jerome Kern tune "All The Things You Are".
Notation and tab................................................................Price - $20.95
 Herb Ellis Plays "Detour Ahead"

Herb Ellis - Jazz Guitar Method: Rhythm Shapes - Book and CD
Includes technical and musical analysis of the famous George Gershwin tune "I Got Rhythm". This chord progression is as rudimentary to jazz improvisation as the 12-bar blues progression is to blues. 
Notation and tab................................................................Price - $20.95
 Herb Ellis Plays "I Love You"

Herb Ellis - Jazz Guitar Method: Swing Blues - Book and CD
Places emphasis on many fundamental chord progressions common to all jazz standards by focusing on the 12-bar blues progression. Three solos include "Blues In C", "Bounce Blues," and "Bay Blues".
Notation and tab................................................................Price - $20.95
 Herb Ellis Plays "Royal Garden Blues"

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The Hank Mackie Solo Guitar Collection

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Herb Ellis - Jazz Swing Guitar Legend!
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    Jazz swing guitar player Herb Ellis like a great deal of other leading American jazz guitar performers (such as Charlie Christian, Eddie Durham, and Oscar Moore) was born in the south western part of the the USA. The blues, with a touch of country and western, are a distinguishing characteristic of his jazz guitar sound and his guitar playing approach. This is most surely due to the environment where Ellis was brought up.

    Herb Ellis at first played music on the banjo, though it is mentioned that he played the harmonica at 4, and started playing the guitar at the age of ten. While he was in high school he played music on alto horn in the school band. Ellis studied at the North Texas State College where he was introduced to and befriended quite a number of now popularized jazz artists such as Jimmy Giuffre, Gene Roland, and Harry Babasin.

    Herb Ellis graduated in 1941 and joined Glen Gray's band. In 1945 he joined the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band touring and playing with them for 3 years. Following this, Ellis formed his own instrumental-vocal trio called "The Softwinds". That band, which included Lou Carter on Piano and Johnny Frigo on bass, worked with each other for 5 years. Throughout that point in time Herb authored a variety of popular songs which includes "Detour Ahead" and "I Told You I Love You - Now Get Out".

    Ellis's jazz guitar proficiency first became acknowledged worldwide in 1953 when he took over from jazz guitarist Barney Kessel in the Oscar Peterson Trio. There is no doubt that because of his five year stay with Peterson, and his subsequent four years accompanying the famous jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, Ellis grew his musical capabilities as a soloist and accompanist to the fullest. It is during this time that he additionally commenced a prolonged association and friendship with bass player Ray Brown.

    Following that time period Herb Ellis led a career as one of the busiest jazz guitar performers on the worldwide jazz music scene. Throughout the years he performed and made albums with "The Great Guitars", a group that included pickstyle jazz guitar player Barney Kessel and fingerstyle jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd, in a duo with jazz guitar virtuoso Joe Pass, and as leader of his own trios and quartets.

    Although for many years Ellis worked in the Los Angeles recording studio scene and was a regular member of the Don Trenner Band on the widely known 'Steve Allen Show', he later on returned to a life dedicated to jazz guitar music once again appearing and performing often with Oscar Peterson. Herb passed away on March 28th, 2010 but fortunately for up and coming guitar players, he released a variety of jazz guitar tab books and DVD courses which teach his single note improvised solos and chord melody solos as well as the guitar techniques he made use of to perform them.

Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library.  Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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