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Jimmy Bruno: No Nonsense Jazz Guitar
Jimmy Bruno No Nonsense Jazz Guitar
Actor: Jimmy Bruno
Director: Arlen Roth
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     2hr 0min

Jimmy Bruno has played guitar with some of the all time greats, including Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley. He makes even the most daunting techniques accessible to anyone who wants to learn. Jimmy covers...  more »


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Actor: Jimmy Bruno
Director: Arlen Roth
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Jazz, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals
Studio: Hot Licks
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/15/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Jazz is meant to be played, not over analyzed with junk scie
John A. Phillips | granada hills, ca United States | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If I could only buy one jazz dvd this would be it. Jimmy may seem a little confident but he should be, he's kinda funny too when he says you can learn something the hard way and use the theoretically correct jargon if you want to "impress your girlfriend" LMAO

Here is a breakdown:

He shows you how to see the neck in multiple box and diagnal pictures for major, dorian, and melodic minor scales.

Shows the Major 7 and dorian arpeggios and how to connect them to these pictures.

Illustrates a Dorian melodic minor tritone substitution, sounds cool.

Shows his picking style.

Lays out a kick your ass chord lesson, I know more chords than any guitar player I know and this guy gave me a chord tooling.

Has a nice section on bass line chord comping.

Then he explains at the end how you should go about practicing these concepts with jam tracks.

And there are many examples he plays that are long and tabbed out; there are nearly a thousand riffs you could glean from these examples of his tabbed improvizations. He isnt teaching riffs but they are there tabbed out if you want them.

There is enough material here to keep you very busy and will go along way toward improving your ear and command of the guitar.

And best of all he makes it simple and takes the junk science out of jazz theory.

The best jazz guitar instruction DVD on the market
musico | Vancouver, BC | 05/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The title says it all. Not for beginners or dabblers, but serious intermediate guitarists who want to improve their soloing, or people moving into jazz from rock/blues/whatever. Enough material to keep you busy practicing for a year. I've seen a bunch of jazz guitar instruction DVDs, and this is by far the best."
Bob Kasprzak | phila,pa | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've known jimmie bruno for almost 20 years. I first discovered him when he was playing at JJs' Grotto on 21st street in Philadelphia. This was before he got a contract with Concord jazz. He was amazing to watch then and he has only gotten better and better over the years. There is no way that you can fail to learn from Jimmy as he presents material in the most basic terms. As a guitar teacher i periodically buy guitar books and DVDs so I know what's out there. Although the literature is improving it is still hard to find a comprehensive and easy to understand and follow guitar tutorial. I have the original VHS and it was an unbelievable amount of material for the money.This time the bargain is even better as you can pre order the DVD from Amazon for under $20. If you have any interest in deepening your understanding of your instrument this is the DVD for you. If you are a listener and want to understand the fundamentals of jazz guitar then don't hesitate to order this DVD. As a matter of fact any guitar player will gain an amazing amount of knowlege from it. I've pre ordered mine and if you're smart so will you.
Good pickin' to you all and thanks to Jimmy Bruno for twenty years of great music."
No-brainer, buy it
J. Clemons | Mississippi, USA | 11/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, all of the other reviewers make good points. This isn't a video for absolute beginners; you should have some comfort with the fretboard and chord/scale structure. (I think even if you don't there's plenty here for you, it just might come harder.) I disagree a little about the fret markers, because Jimmy usually says what position he's playing so you can keep up.

The reason this DVD is a no-brainer in my opinion is because you get an excellent two-hour lesson from a great, engaging teacher for less than half the price of a single one-hour lesson from your local teacher. AND you can play it over and over again, and really absorb what Jimmy is saying and doing. (If you're like me, you'll need to.) Plus, transcriptions with tab. It may not take the place of one-on-one lessons but there's no way you won't get your $22 worth out of it.

And Mr. Bruno, if you're reading this, thanks for the great lesson!"