Monthly Motivation-Chuck Wayne

I purchased the Guitar Arpeggio Dictionary by Chuck Wayne and Ralph Patt at a music store by my house back in the early eighties. The book is out of print now but if you ever see it, you should get it. At the time I had no idea who Chuck Wayne was, nor did I realize he would become one of my favorite players later in life.

My guitar teacher at that time told me ‘’ there’re three things you have to do to become a good guitar player, memorize all of your scales in all keys, memorize the Guitar Arpeggio Dictionary and, listen and memorize solos of your favorite players.” I can remember thinking that shouldn’t be too difficult. I’m still working at it thirty years later and if I live to an age of 200 I might have a chance at it.

Ralph Patt’s “Vanilla Book” is also a great resource that shows the “basic” chords to over 400 Standards.

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