A book that answers 31 common questions about jazz improvisation that beginners and aspiring improvisors have.


The 31 questions are within 4 different topics:
Part I Playing By Ear

Part II Harmony & Chord Progressions

Part III Vocabulary: Melodies, Rhythms And Grooves

Part IV How To Practice

26 pages, E-book, PDF format.



“A beautiful meditation on the craft and life of a practicing musician, this book is filled with insights from a master player.”

—Julian Lage, Jazz Guitarist & Composer


“This book drew me in right away with it’s beautifully articulated truths, bringing to mind Mick Goodrick’s “Advancing Guitarist”. As I read I found things, one after the other, that I wanted to share with students and spend much time with myself. The book gives you a sound and whole overview of the world of jazz improvisation study and performance, and allows you to zoom in on each landscape.”

—Abigail Zocher, Professor, Berklee College of Music


“A book full of wise things bravo and thank you again!”

—Paolo Sereno, Italian Fingerstyle Guitarist


“Wow! I can’t say I’ve ever come across a book of this size packed with so much useful information. Az minces no words, and his breadth of experience and understanding is immediately evident. It’s all laid out in a clear and concise manner. I would recommend this to anyone, at any level, on any instrument.”

—Taylor Roberts, 7-String Jazz Guitarist & Benedetto Artist

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. www.azsamad.com

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