Barry Galbraith (1919-1983) had a brilliant career as a studio musician. He played with many of the jazz greats and accompanied leading vocalists of his time. He was also a jazz guitar educator at City University of New York (CUNY) and the New England Conservatory of Music.
This compendium of approximately 1,800 chord diagrams is intended to serve as companion to the book Guitar Comping (Barry Galbraith Jazz Guitar Study Series #3, Jamey Aebersold Jazz®, 2010 version). This book continues to serve as an important reference book for learning creative jazz voicings and comping patterns for solo guitar or for accompaniment in a jazz ensemble.
Barry explored the full range of the guitar fretboard with multipurpose chord voicings that mesh with the rhythm section. In the original book, he recorded 14 comping études with chord progressions adapted from standard jazz repertoire. These studies are written in musical notation only, without tablature (TAB) or chord diagrams. The purpose of this book is to remove any barriers that may exist for guitarists by providing corresponding chord diagrams with labelled musical intervals. Graphical visualization accelerates learning, rapid recall, and practical application of Galbraith’s techniques to many other jazz standards. Think of this book as a fretboard GPS mapping tool – Guitar (or Galbraith) Positioning System!