by David Baker. Davidís most innovative book yet on the art of Jazz Improvisation. Includes special notation, markings and info for string players. David Baker is one of the most sought-after jazz educators in the world, and his influence on the giants of jazz can not be overestimated. Here, through systematic study, this text will allow more complete musical expression by emphasizing the patterns and phrases that work. He has brought together much of his decades of experience into one resource!
A Study Guide for Developing Soloists - Book/2 CD's By George Bouchard . NEW EXPANDED EDITION. All aspiring jazz players find themselves at a point in their development where they are ready to go from playing "right notes" to actually playing meaningful solos. Making this transition can be as frustrating as it is essential. INTERMEDIATE JAZZ IMPROVISATION is for everyone wishing to bridge the gap between playing scales, chords and licks to playing realistic, flowing jazz lines! It's specifically designed to build upon the knowledge you already have and to improve your understanding and skills as a soloist. The 2 Play-A-Long CD's include selected tracks from Aebersold Play-A-Longs coordinated with exercises and solo examples played on a separate channel and notated in the book. All parts in the book are transposed for all instruments. Useful for both private and classroom settings. Expanded version includes over 150 pages of additional transcribed solos from the CD's. Book is well over 400 spiral bound pages. Includes transposed parts for Bb, Eb, and Bass Clef. This popular book has become a classic! Testimonials are many about how this book is helping musicians who feel they're on a "plateau" in their development! Highly recommended.
by Jerry Coker. Legendary jazz educator Jerry Coker's newest contribution to jazz enlightenment, "Clear Solutions For Improvisers" identifies all of the most common problems Jerry has encountered in his many students over nearly 50 years as a master teacher. In clear, easy to understand instruction and concise musical examples, Jerry first defines the concept, explains it's purpose and then presents it's traditional usage. Concepts include guide tones, tri-tones, the jazz language, turnarounds, polychords, slash chords, ii/V7/Is, vehicle types, keeping your place, and much more. This book will greatly increase your understanding of the most essential jazz concepts all improvisers need to master.
This is the definitive study of chord progressions of hundreds of carefully chosen tunes from the jazz musicians repertoire; comparing and linking them by harmonic traits that will clarify your understanding of how progressions work.
by Hal Crook. Exploring the Basics of Jazz Improvisation. 352 pages. As taught at Berklee College of Music, READY, AIM, IMPROVISE! explores the critical areas involved in learning how to improvise, including: music theory, jazz harmony, ear training, jazz execution, jazz vocabulary, practicing, self-critiquing, career planning, and much more. READY, AIM, IMPROVISE! is filled with musical examples, exercises and practice routines that help make the learning process easy and enjoyable. Two enclosed play-along CDs feature modal, key-area and modulating chord progressions performed at a slow, manageable tempo.
READY, AIM, IMPROVISE! is a clear, comprehensive study of the most important steps in a jazz musicians education. Dont be surprised if it gets you practicing more and playing better in no time at all! So get READY... AIM... IMPROVISE!
Many famous musicians have learned to develop their own unique jazz style using Berklee Professor Emeritus John LaPorta's techniques. First published in 1968 and now thoroughly updated and revised, his method provides a practical and intuitive approach to teaching basic jazz improvisation through 12 lessons and an accompanying CD.
by Oliver Nelson. One of the world's most popular patterns books, many jazz greats have fond memories of practicing from this book! An exhaustive collection of improvisational jazz patterns in various meters and feels. Comments and suggestions by the author, a legendary composer, arranger, conductor and instrumentalist. This is a very popular book because it helps spell out some of the basic building blocks of the "jazz language. Regarded by many jazz teachers as one of the essential texts for their students.
Chuck Sher, Improvisor's Bass Method is a complete method book, over 200 pages, filled with information and exercises on all aspects of bass playing, for both acoustic and electric bass. Please click thru for the Table of Contents.