One of the most neglected aspects of improvisation on the guitar is the art of
phrasing. This dimension of musical thinking is among the most important when
taking a solo. Phrasing is where your musical personality emerges. Your voice
comes out not in the notes you choose or the substitutions you play, but in the
way you play your musical ideas.
With this book, Greg Fishman has created a clear and concise study of jazz
phrasing. He uses techniques of organization that all great improvisers use, and
presents them in an easy-to-understand way. Playing a musical sequence,
transposing the sequence to develop it, and then punctuating that sequence with
a new idea: these models will inspire you to develop deeper improvisational skills
and to explore new ways of developing musical ideas. Moreover, when you listen
to great improvisers, you’ll be more aware of the phrasing techniques they are using.