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The Kids Dig Barry Galbraith

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Barry Galbraith was a superb and tasteful jazz guitarist who played on dozens of albums behind big bands and combos. While he regretfully recorded just one album as a leader (Gone With the Wind, Decca, 1958), he wrote many jazz guitar books on comping, soloing, fingering, daily exercises and more. They are considered a must for jazz guitar studies and to grasp the jazz feel. As soon as my writing workload slows down, I'm going to spring for a guitar and amp along with Barry's books and take a stab at comping in between writing sessions. Barry Galbraith died in 1983.

Nosing around YouTube last week, I came across videos of young guitarists playing Galbraith's books:

Here's the Galbraith comping style behind Frank Foster's Shiny Stockings...



Here's Galbraith's Blues in F...



Here's Gabraith's approach to Autumn in New York...



Here's another one of Galbraith's comping exercises to Gone With the Wind...



Here's Galbraith's rendition of A Certain Smile...



And here's I Can't Get Started...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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