Yes, get "The Jazz Theory Book." It is a must have.

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The most of what you will ever learn in music is by transcribing and analyzing the greats music.

And learn to read music. It isn't that hard.
You get out of things what you put into them. If you aren't serious about jazz, don't even bother. Knowing a couple of jazz tunes doesn't make you a jazz guitarist.

If you are truly interested in incorporating jazz into your playing, take the time to learn it properly. That book is a great place to start if you don't have a teacher.

The way I see it, you have a few options: If you're interested in jazz, get the book, get a teacher, or sit and play along to jazz records. Preferably all three. If you aren't that interested, stick with the classic rock solos.

If that came off as harsh, I apologize, but don't be a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Be honest with yourself about what you really want to accomplish, and what it'll take to get there.
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^Be quiet - the guys wanting to learn more and improve his playing. Surely an interest in jazz even if just in passing would be better for this guy than none? Besides he might learn to appreciate it.

I'd say get a theory book anyways. Jazz is all about improvisation and altered/unusual chords. Learning more about modes and chord construction canonly help you're playing and understanding in other styles, aswell as composition.

That and it would give you a taster to jazz to see how you like it.

( I say all this as a guitarist recently getting jazz too ).
If you're getting into jazz too, you surely know that jazz is more than knowing what to play and when. Jazz is a whole feeling, and it takes years to get to that point. This is not to put the threadstarter off in any way, but I thought I'd mention it, so you know what you can expect. You'll probably throw your guitar in the corner every week, since you don't know what is it that you're missing, thinking that 'wtf is going on, I know the chords, arpeggios, scales, but still it's not as good as I want it to be '

It just takes forever to learn it. Therefore, I agree with psych. Furthermore, I wish you the best of luck with learning it, if you're willing to proceed with it!
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