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ripock
06-26-2018, 08:37 AM
This morning, after playing my ukulele, I was sitting on my porch and thinking how I really would like to be able to read and study some material to contribute to my musicanship.

My only requirement is that the material not be dumbed down. I may be ignorant but I am not stupid. So things with "For Dummies" in the title or things like "music theory for computer musicians" is out of the question. I was thinking of getting something addressing topics in music theory, jazz, blues, or Americana music. I have Jerry Coker's Improvising Jazz book and I like it a lot, except that it seems really old and I was hoping to get something more contemporaneous.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Brad Bordessa
06-26-2018, 08:43 AM
The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick.

Composing and Improvising by Jon Damien

BiscuitTaylor
06-26-2018, 10:54 AM
Hal Leonard publishes some good stuff for smart people.
Harmony & Theory Part 1: Diatonic
https://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?itemid=312062

ripock
06-26-2018, 11:47 AM
The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick.

Composing and Improvising by Jon Damien

Thanks for the Goodrick rec. It looks promising. By the way, I do have your chord shape book, but I was looking for something more essayish.

ripock
06-26-2018, 11:53 AM
Hal Leonard publishes some good stuff for smart people.
Harmony & Theory – Part 1: Diatonic
https://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?itemid=312062

I never thought of Hal Leonard even though my scale book, my chord book, as well as a Lil Rev riff book all come from Hal. Hopefully I can be one of the smart people...at this point in time I don't think I've earned that sobriquet (I was having trouble transitioning from A to D today without looking although I did nail the A to Adim7; sometimes I have to wonder what the heck my fingers are thinking).

Osprey
06-26-2018, 02:16 PM
Bill1, thanks for that very informative discussion of Rhythm Changes. I have been intrigued by that ever since I heard a discussion of that same subject on the Real Jazz radio station. It was reinforced by a workshop handout from Sarah Maisel. I have been meaning to get into it further. I think I will make it a project this summer to get a deeper understanding of Rhythm Changes and how to improvise on top of the chords.

Thanks again.

Grizzly Adams
06-26-2018, 06:12 PM
Well, Ok then! :)

jimavery
06-29-2018, 11:30 AM
I very much enjoyed reading The Ukulele Entertainer by Ralph Shaw.

http://ralphshaw.ca/shop/books/the-ukulele-entertainer/

Rllink
06-29-2018, 12:57 PM
This book won't make you a better ukulele player, but it is interesting and it will tell you about the origins and the history of the ukulele. It was a good read.

The Ukulele: A History
Author: Tranquada, Jim; King, John;
http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-8729-9780824836344.aspx