The second E-book by Az Samad, Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes contains 30 jazz guitar licks and 5 etudes (2 jazz blues single note solo studies, 1 single note solo over ‘Blue Bossa’ and 2 old school picking etudes to help develop rest stroke technique).

You will learn licks that incorporate classic Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass sounds to more modern intervallic phrases inspired by the playing of Julian Lage, John Stowell, Nir Felder and Martin Miller.

You will receive a 27 page E-book (PDF File) containing:


  • 5 Major Scale Jazz Licks
  • 5 Jazz Blues Licks
  • 5 Minor Pentatonic Jazz Rock Licks
  • 5 Double Time Cmin
  • 7 Jazz Licks
  • 5 String Skipping Jazz Licks
  • 5 Sweep Picking Jazz Licks


  • Blue Bossa (Solo Etude #1)
  • Jazz Blues Etude #1
  • Jazz Blues Etude #2
  • Old School Picking Etude #1
  • Old School Picking Etude #2


“Such a compact book of practical materials for every serious jazz musician, which helps to craft one’s musicality as well as creativity.”
—Mars Siu-Hong Lee, President Of Macau Jazz Promotion Association

“Az Samad’s delightful collection of exercises and etudes is a fantastic resource for anybody hoping to develop increased dexterity and character as a guitarist and improviser. Each of these is cleverly and purposefully devised to improve skills across a range of disciplines including finger-work, musical vocabulary, as well as understanding of both fundamental and complex harmony. Playing and studying these masterful compositions also highlights and reveals the author’s truly immense knowledge and love of both his instrument and his craft.”
—Gabriel Lynch, Singer-Songwriter

“It’s precise, concise and straight to the point. It would really help those who are trying to get new ideas for their jazz improvisation or those who are trying to learn jazz (newbies).”
—Elmer Ho (elmerdraco), Composer

“Definitely something new and unique! A huge pool of riffs, licks, and ideas for you to experiment with. For myself, it helped me discover some unpredictable melodic styles and some different fingering approaches. It also made me think about different ways to approach the same lick and branch out from it to create my own ideas. Super handy if you’re stuck or not sure how to get started because you can just start off with any lick and go off on your own personal tangent after that. All in all, a great little book for anyone looking for more insight into some of the stylistic components of jazz and improvisation as well. Oh! And such beautiful etudes too!”
—Li Ying – Musician, Artist & Avid Learner

“A simple yet effective book from a virtuoso. Az’s musical wisdoms written concisely; and accurately defining jazz in all forms.”
—Ray Cheong – Musician, Composer, Guitarist & Producer

About Az Samad

Guitarist-Composer-Educator Az Samad has recorded with Grammy Winners Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca; graduated & taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; performed in the United States, Europe & Asia; and appeared on 22 CDs ranging in styles from Tex-Mex, Contemporary Jazz to solo acoustic guitar. His works have been described as “richly textured, poetic and atmospheric”. His first book, Jazz Improvisation Uncovered received critical acclaim from jazz guitarist Julian Lage and Berklee professor Abigail Zocher.

An experienced performer, Az has performed with virtuoso violinist Roby Lakatos, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, singer-songwriter Zee Avi, funky fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty and percussive fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes. Az also frequently performs as part of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and was the classical guitar soloist for the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Kuala Lumpur concert conducted by Arnie Roth.

Az has been exploring Malay jazz including the music of P. Ramlee, Jimmy Boyle and most recently Singapore’s Zubir Said. As the musical director and guitarist for A Zubir Said Tribute, Az led 5 shows at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore with an 11-piece ensemble performing brand new arrangements he wrote.

Previously based in Berkeley, California; Az now lives in Kuala Lumpur.

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