80/20 Jazz Guitar


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The 80/20 Principle says that 80% of the the results come from 20% of the effort.  It’s seen throughout life – from roads to sports to customers to music.

There’s a myth that it takes hours and hours and hours to learn jazz.  Part of that is true – it does take hours and hours to master the music.  BUT you can start sounding like an authentic jazz guitarist quickly by focusing on the 20% of things that make the most difference.  That’s where 80/20 Jazz Guitar comes in!

This book focuses on the 20 things (in the spirit of the 20%) that will move the needle in your practice time.  I have a family, a job, and other responsibilities.  I understand that it’s unrealistic for someone in that situation to spend 4 hours a day practicing so finding the things that make the biggest difference in your practice time is extremely important.

You’ll learn

20 Jazz Guitar Licks from the masters (Wes, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Scofield, etc)
20 Classic Jazz Rhythms
20 Theory Topics that you need to know
20 Exercises to get your improvisation chops in shape
20 Creative Limiting exercises
20 Suggested books, recordings, solos to transcribe, and tunes to learn

You’ll Get Bonuses as well

In addition to the 100+ page PDF 80/20 Jazz Guitar Book
30 Audio Examples of licks and exercises
8 Backing Tracks
3 Printable PDFs of chord and scale fingerings

My Promise

In order to work this way you have to tune out the noise.  You have to decide to put away the other books and music, and focus on just a few things.  That’s the whole premise of 80/20.  If you work through 80/20 Jazz Guitar in the way it was designed, I guarantee you that you will see huge improvements in your jazz guitar playing.

In fact, if you are unsatisfied with the book, let me know and I’ll refund your money no questions asked.  It’s risk free!


80/20 Jazz Guitar is priced at only $7.99!

Make sure to also check out my Bundle of Blues, Country, and Jazz guitar books.  It’s only $19.97!  Just click here.

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28 Responses to 80/20 Jazz Guitar

  1. Jack Stanton says:

    Just book sounds like it’s a great way to go. Need your honest opinion. I don’t play guitar, I play pedal steel and have a fair command of jazz and jazz chords. obviously,the tab will do me no good. Don’t know if you include notation, but I’m not much of a reader.if you want to tackle this book with basically nothing but the audio cord charts do you thinkit would still be effective? That your introductory price, probably can’t go wrong. Thanks

    • Sam says:

      Hi Jack – first of all there is notation for everything EXCEPT the chord voicings. Those are just fingerings. I also play a bit of steel! Send me an email once you get a chance and let’s chat.

  2. Dave says:

    Hi Sam
    I just bought 80/20 Jazz but only received the book, no bonus audio tracks or charts. Please advise.

  3. Venkel says:

    I too just purchased this book but dont know where to download the bonus materials. However, I think your books a wonderful. Keep up the great job. Take care.

    • Sam says:

      I’ve sent an email to everyone who has not been able to find the bonuses. Let me know if you still need help with it. Thanks again!

  4. Rodolphe says:

    Hi, same problem for me, e-book bought on Amazon, registration made on the dedicated page of your website followed by activation by e-mail… and no more information concerning the way to download bonus materials.

  5. Julian says:

    Hi, just got the 80 20 book but no confirmation email from your site for the pdfs mp3s etc. Please advise.

  6. Eugene says:

    Are the exercises, licks, etc in the book written with TAB?

  7. Mark Dellinger says:

    I just received 80/20 Jazz Guitar but cannot find the downloads. Please advise.


  8. Thomas says:

    I have sent previous e-mails. I purchased the e-book on amazon and have not been able to access the web site extras. No matter what I do I have not gotten an e-mail or an access code etc. Please advise.

    Respectfully Tom

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  10. Mike Zuerlein says:

    Hi Sam,

    How long should it take to get the email back after signing up?

  11. Michael says:

    Hi Sam,
    I just received the printversion of “80/20 Jazz Guitar” (amazon in Germany) and would like to download the audio files. How does it work?


  12. Nick Curcio says:

    Hi – I bought the kindle book, but can’t seem to find the PDF’s, can you help.


  13. Sam says:

    Hi – please email me at sam@samsmileymusic.com and I’ll make sure to get the link to you. The audio files are through the email list, not through Amazon. Thanks!

  14. jay says:

    Hey there! I’m working on the rhythm section and would love to hear the audio examples. I signed up but didn’t get the email. Could you send it my way?
    Love the book so far.

  15. Very good site you have right here

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