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    As my personal pursuits and interests have markedly shift from mandolin to tenor guitar, I'm contemplating tackling another project very similar to my "Getting Into Jazz Mandolin" book published 9/2008, but for the tenor. Those familiar with this book know my approach, taking closed position fingerings (FFcP) and developing the ability to move up, down, and across the fretboard so as to be comfortable in all 12 keys.

    I'm curious if my market for such a book is too narrow. At this stage, I've already found success with the approach myself, but I don't know if others would pay $14.99 to go down the same path.

    I'd include some helpful basic music theory ('ii V7 I' & turnarounds), stock chord fingerings, and scale exercises derivative of FFcP.

    Any thoughts?
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    a thousand yeses (from me at least)

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    Given the total lack of instructional material for tenor guitar I could see it being useful, but niche.

    Advertising it as Jazz for Tenor Guitar and Tenor Banjo would probably help the appeal.

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    Would there be any 'applied' Jazz TG, for example a bunch of tunes showing how you would use FFCP and the chord fingerings you show?
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    I would be interested in such a book.
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    I'd buy it for sure.

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    I'd be also interested. I'd be especially keen to learn some chord-melody playing.

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    I would purchase your book. I too would be interested in learning chord-melody playing.

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    I'd be also interested. I'd be especially keen to learn some chord-melody playing.
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    I am not really into jazz but I would buy the book as I buy anything tenor guitar related.

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    Well due to the nature of the fingering it's not going to be just a rework of FFcP so you'll capture many of the GIJM purchasers again.
    If it's going to encourage the best out of the TG then it won't just be a rehash of the various tenor banjo books that so many of us relied on initially for learning & chord melody.
    I would assume you'll just go for reading from transposed treble clef with the tab underneath?
    Instruction books on chording and fingerboard exercises are about the only place where I find the interlaced notation and tablature helpful rather than a distraction; it works really well in extercises.
    I would avoid putting many tune examples in there, those can be accessed on line, leaving the book pages as a more densely useful stand alone resource.

    While we can all muddle by combining the various banjo & mandolin bits out there, there's a need for something pulling it together for the TG.
    Being Jazz oriented the only thing that would kill it for me is if it were anything but CGDA as the main tuning, or did that mash up you get in the chord bible. If you're in one tuning you don't want to be wading through interleaved info for another.
    I always feel cheated if I'm buying 1/2 a book of information on something I'll never use.
    How you satisfy all tunings without making 1/2 the book useless or offering multiple editions is beyond me.
    Possibly simpler with modern publishing methods enabling alternate editions to be put out once the CGDA one has been done?

    Special requests,
    1, make it available as digital download version so we can use it on our iPads on the move.
    2, make it spiral bound in the book version.
    3- offer combined hard copy & PDF purchase price (makes it more attractive as a package, and you can boost revenues from early sales too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Eschliman View Post
    As my personal pursuits and interests have markedly shift from mandolin to tenor guitar, I'm contemplating tackling another project very similar to my "Getting Into Jazz Mandolin" book published 9/2008, but for the tenor. Those familiar with this book know my approach, taking closed position fingerings (FFcP) and developing the ability to move up, down, and across the fretboard so as to be comfortable in all 12 keys.

    I'm curious if my market for such a book is too narrow. At this stage, I've already found success with the approach myself, but I don't know if others would pay $14.99 to go down the same path.

    I'd include some helpful basic music theory ('ii V7 I' & turnarounds), stock chord fingerings, and scale exercises derivative of FFcP.

    Any thoughts?
    Having gone self published both print and ebook versions of niche books myself I can say the ebooks are the way to go for me. But if you're working with a publisher for a fee that's not so relevant. A combination of ebook and download video works well too.

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    Default Re: Getting into Jazz Tenor Guitar?

    I'd actually put in a plea for GDAE tuning because people who tune CGDA can already access a lot of tenor banjo material whereas, to my knowledge, there's nothing jazz-oriented out there for the GDAE-tuned TG.

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    I would spend that.
    Its not a backwards guitar.

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    Put me down for one, please.

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    I'd be interested if it were directed at the original tuning of CGDA as it is a tenor guitar, not an octave mandolin. There is a boatload of GDAE material, far more than CGDA.

    And please... spiral binding.

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    All ten thumbs up from here. And what Jeff said times two: CGDA and SPIRAL BINDING !!!
    Did i mention SPIRAL BINDING would be great.

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    Great idea, I'll have one.

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    You write the jazz tenor guitar book and I will buy it!

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    I will buy it if you write it.

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    Have you sent mine yet?
    It would be nice to have a Section for GDAE.
    Also, Jazz players use other tunings. It would
    be interesting to have a short discussion of
    what these are and why they may use them.
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    I'd be in for one. Standard tenor tuning (CGDA) please.

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    Would love such a book, and hopefully a video series would follow....
    ...Steve

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    I would buy this. Spiral bound would be a plus, and CGDA tuning would be preferred; although, I transpose everything I learn from CGDA to GDAE and vice versa. BTW, I do like your Getting into Jazz book, thanks.

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    Tenor Guitar Gathering in June , in Astoria, again..(I expect) you could do a class..




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    Would you use single fret per finger FFcP or, like mandolin, two frets per finger?
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