The Top Selling Jazz Improvisation Books

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Keyboard Improvisation [VHS]

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Keyboard Improvisation [VHS]

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John Abercrombie Teaches Jazz Guitar Improvisation [VHS]

A jazz great reveals dozens of essential ideas for guitarists who are ready to develop their own voice and create a dramatic change in their playing! He highlights essential concepts, including motivic development; polychording; use of dynamics and rhythmic changes; the introduction of space and outside notes; the melodic bass line approach; and other techniques.

Concentrating on the basics-intervals, triads and other simple note groupings-will inspire you to begin to improvise and compose.
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Improvisation: Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and More

In 1944 Norman Granz and Gjon Mili collaborated on a film about jazz music called Jammin' the Blues. In 1950 they collaborated again on a film about jazz improvisation that was never completed. This footage has now been combined with other film of jazz improvisation shop by Granz at different times and locations to create this new film. Included is material by Mili in 1950 Duke Ellington at the Cote D'Azur Count Basie at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977 Joe Pass in 1979 Ella Fitzgerald in 1979 and Oscar Peterson at Montreux in 1977. Extras of Granz narrated by Nat Hentoff portraits by David Stone Martin extra rushes interviews photo gallery and original 1944 Jammin' theSong Titles:Opening Title Ballade Celebrity Ad Lib Pennies From Heaven Blues For Greasy (Mili) Blues for Joan Miro (Ellington) Nob's Blues Kidney Stew These Foolish Things (Basie) Ain't Misbehavin' Prelude To a Kiss (Pass) Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Fitzgerald) Ali & Frazier (Peterson).System Requirements:Running Time: 280 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: MUSIC DVD/CONCERTS Rating: NR UPC: 801213906093 Manufacturer No: EE39060-9
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Customer Review: MAGNIFICENT and HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT
This essential double dvd is a must have for all serious jazz fans... "Improvisation", the famous unfinished 1950 sequel to 1944 "Jammin' the Blues" is shown here in all its glory... It is quite obvious that the film isn't finished, but it's priceless to see Hawkins and Parker enjoying each other's company, Lester Young joining Buddy Rich, Hank Jones, Bill Harris, Ella Fitzgerald... On few occasions you even have alternate camera angles to compare with the "A" version of the film. And on disk 2 you have great photos, the silent footage of Ella, Bird, Rich, Jones, Young and other 1950 stars, the 1944 great film "Jammin' the blues" (The Pres playing with Illinois Jacquet, Sweets Edison,Jo Jones...), a film that is finished both musically and cinematically... Great stuff! However, musically speaking, my favorites are actually "Jammin' the blues" (particularly some Lester's licks, Edison's open horn and Jo Jones drumming) as well as some actual improvisation, recorded a bit later... First of all, there is a Duke Ellington's trio performance ("Blues for Joan Miro"; John Lamb-b,Sam Woodyard-dm), Count Basie's magnificent and hillariously funny "Nob's Blues", where he musically chats with Ray Brown's bass and with the history of jazz piano and, last but not least, Oscar Peterson-lead stellar group performing a sort of cutting contest between Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Eddie Lackjaw Davis (with the great Dane Niels Pedersen on bass...) After the concert, the Peterson-Terry-Gillespie-Davis performance was named "Ali and Frazier", after a famous boxing match, and the godfather of the song was Count Basie. And, although most of the short aditional interviews (and Nat Hentoff's portrait of Norman Granz) are recorded with something that must have been and inexpensive video camera, it is beautiful to see Roy Haynes explaining the history of (modern) jazz from the drummer's perspective, or to see 82 years young Harry Sweets Edison smoking his cigarette, discussing his glorious past and musing about all the great ones who had passed away, listen to Jimmy Heath's view of Parker and the birth of modern jazz... And Phil Woods intelligently reminiscing of his first encounters Charlie Parker (and Dizzy)? Really touching... I have no words to desribe it. And Norman Granz organized all the great performances on this DVD (I failed to mention Al Grey, Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge, Joe Pass...). Thank You mr. Granz!
Customer Review: Great video.
It is a rare privilege to see these great artists playing their music. I will never understand why Norman Granz opted to film at Mili's studio. The result is that the performance was filmed, but the sound track was dubbed in from another session. The musicians did their best to replicate in sound what they had improvised on film. It seems to me that it would have been worth the effort to film the "Jam Session" tracks in a great hall - like Carnegie. They could have also filmed at any number of sound studios. The result is a video that is in and out of sync with the sound track. It can be a little disconcerting to see fingers moving or not moving when the notes are heard; breaths occasionally being taken by the artists while the sound of the horns is heard. Why someone didn't film these great artists in a more natural manner is a mystery. Having said all that, it is very moving to see Charlie Parker the person as well as Charlie Parker the artist. He is very relaxed and expressive. It is also great to see Prez. All of the musicians are real. They are there to play. The other musical material is quite interesting. For me, the other great moment comes when Roy Eldridge performs and scats "Kidney Stew". It is a gem. This DVD is an absolute must.


Joe Pass Jazz Lines

An instruction DVD by a jazz master.
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Customer Review: keep it simple stupid
very good - i suggest looking at other guitar players too, to avoid sounding exactly like Joe Pass a very wise teacher, makes you re-think jazz guitar in easier terms
Customer Review: Must buy for Jazz learners!
IF you love Larry Carlton, you must love Joe Pass. After all, he is the ultimate jazz guitar man who taught Larry when he was a teenager. The title "Joe Pass Jazz Lines" is what it is, Jazz Lines. Don't expect much dialogue from his previous instructionals. He sits down and he starts playing, phrase by pharse. There are tons of music theory that he does not explain. But if you have some music theory at hand, these ideas can really come in handy. A small study booklet with notes, no tabs, is provided so you can practice along. Again, Joe's DVDs are all choked full of inspiration and ideas.


Emily Remler: Advanced Jazz & Latin Improvisation

This hour-long video with the late Emily Remler covers some of jazz guitar's most important topics. Lessons cover true bossa nova style, samba rhythms, unique chord positions, alternating bass lines, syncopated guitar parts, passing chords, jazz minor scales, arpeggio licks, learning to put various scales over certain chords, eighth-note improvisation, II-V progressions, and V-I resolutions. Emily Remler was one of the hottest jazz players to come around in a long time and her instruction is presented in a highly-accessible manner. She recorded four solo albums and a duet album with Larry Coryell. She toured with Astrud Gilberto, collaborated with Pat Martino, worked on movie scores, and played guitar in the Broadway hit Sophisticated Ladies.
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Customer Review: Emily Remler: advanced jazz and latin improvisation
this is a wonderful dvd performed by Emily, this dvd gives a very good insight on the latin and jazz improvisation, i highly reccomend this dvd for anyone who is interested in this style of playing i find that its very informative
Customer Review: Emily Remler Advanced Jazz & Latin Improvision
Very good Bossa Nova. (the real deal) Excellent demonstration of bass and chord syncronization. Worth every penny.


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Intros, Endings and Turnarounds for Keyboard: Essential Phrases for Swing, Latin, Jazz Waltz, and Blues Styles

Learn the intros, endings and turnarounds that all of the pros know and use! This new keyboard instruction book by John Valerio covers swing styles, ballads, Latin tunes, jazz waltzes, blues, major and minor keys, vamps and pedal tones, and more.
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Customer Review: This book is fun ...
The book has well written, very musical phrases. The author suggests usage with several standards that should be in everyone's play book and it's fun to work them in with tunes you already know - in the proper keys. Take them apart, and there is something to learn in most of them. Great for browsing. The printing is good and the binding isn't troublesome on the rack. Nice experience. I would have rated it a five, but some of the pages have a tendency to work loose.
Customer Review: I love this book
I try to spend a half hour with it every night. This book will appeal to a wide range of interests. Whether you are a composer interested in theory, or a keyboardist enhancing your chops, there is something here for you. Most examples are four-measures long, but rich in musicality (kind of like what the Bach chorales are for those studying classical music.) The examples progress from simple chord progressions to more complex, and each is one is clearly explained. Nice melodies too! It is apparent that the author has spent a lot of time with each of the sub-genres (swing, ballads, blues, Latin, etc.) and has distilled his knowledge into a neat recipe book that will serve as a launching point for those wishing to further their expertise.


Beginning Jazz Guitar: The Complete Jazz Guitar Method: Beginning-intermediate-mastering Chord/Melody-mastering Improvisation

Anyone with a knowledge of basic chords and guitar scale fingerings can dig right in and start learning to play jazz right away. Spanning from the major scale and basic triad theory all the way up to extended chords and the modes, this book features a full-length etude or song to go with every new concept introduced. Beginning Jazz Guitar breaks the age-old tradition of dry, intimidating and confusing jazz books, and provides an actual step-by-step and enjoyable method for learning to play in this style.

Clearly organized into easily mastered segments, each chapter is divided into separate lessons on harmony or improvisation. All music is shown in standard notation and TAB, and the CD demonstrates the examples in the book. 96 pages.
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Customer Review: Not so musical...
This book purports to proceed by explaining concepts and principles and then offering musical etudes through which the student can put those concepts and principles to use. The explanation of concepts and principles is all correct, and it's laid out in systematic fashion. My problem with the book is that the etudes are soul-less and non-musical--even taking into account that they are intended only for illustrative purposes. In other words, don't expect to gain one musical phrase with any real-world application from this book. You will gain theoretical knowledge, but the book offers no instruction as to jazz phrasing or musicality. I've been playing guitar for almost 16 years. I'm fluent in the blues and r&b, and I had some working knowledge of jazz when I picked this book up. For the absolute beginner, I'm afraid that strict study of this book will produce a robotic-sounding guitarist. For the more advanced player who's looking to develop a jazz vocabulary, the examples are just ear piercing...non-musical to the point of comedy, if one wasn't hoping to actually improve. Good for theory, but that's all.
Customer Review: good start to playing jazz
This is a great introduction to jazz chords and scales with a tad bit of theory to go with it.


Jazz Improvisation for Guitar: A Melodic Approach

Melodies based on triads and melodic extensions sound more natural and musical than ones developed exclusively from scales. Triads - the fundamental building blocks of harmony - are a simple and effective remedy for scale dependency in improvisation. In Jazz Improvisation for Guitar: A Melodic Approach, explore the potential of triads and their melodic extensions and learn to connect them using guide tones. You'll learn to create solo phrases in the style of some of the world's finest jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and Pat Martino.
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Customer Review: must have
I, like so many jazz students have a hundred books on jazz guitar (and videos also).If I burn them all and keep just one book I would keep this book (and the list I give at the bottom of page). Mr. Fewell has the finest jazz guitar sound I have ever heard, please just my just my opinon! He has the sound I want to strive for. This book has the smoothest jazz licks and shows you the importance of articulating your lines(slides, pull offs etc..) to get diffrent sounds, comping with guide tones, 3 note voicings for comping, and guide tone resolution. It's the most complete no nonsense jazz course I have seen in one book. It is mainly based on playing from triad shapes,and their extensions, and if you have a solid foundation in the caged system you will know how to fit it into the whole thing. Of course no jazz book or couse could ever cover half the topics of jazz guitar, for that you will need to dedicate your life to finding the best material, and what is the right sound for you. Buy it you won't be disapointed! Other books: caged system essential jazz lines in style of charlie parker-by corey christiensen Jazz Improvisation for Guitar by less wise
Customer Review: Jazz Improv
I am just getting into it but it looks really good so far. I know I will be helped.


Jazz Notes: Improvisations on Blue Like Jazz

Jazz Notes is the literary equivalent of a remix CD-cool sound-bytes strategically crafted from Don Miller's classic Blue Like Jazz, combined with brand new material that offers the author's fans an inside look at some of the unforgettable-and outrageous-characters and stories from the original best seller. Jazz Notes captures the essential Don Miller with non-religious reflections on how Don's incredible spiritual odyssey got started; what happened to Don at one of the most liberal colleges in the world to help him experience faith and grace for the first time in his life; a recasting of Don's marvelous "confession booth" story; and how Don discovered the secret to really loving other people-and himself. Jazz Notes includes a bonus audio CD with Don Miller interview.

BLUE LIKE JAZZ Highlight Notes:

  • 1 million copies sold
  • 45 appearances on the NY Times Bestseller List-and counting
  • A publishing phenomenon that continues to sell more books each year it is in the marketplace!

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Customer Review: The Gift of Adventure in Faith
This is a specialty book, a little bigger than picket size, hardback, a good gift format, which is so popular right now. Miller here provides some personal reflections and background on the personal experiences and concepts presented in his earlier book Blue Like Jazz. Miller is a refreshingly honest and personal writer. He has a self-deprecating style that will have you bursting out in laughter at some unexpected comment! He can portray his own inner struggle in a way you will identify with! You can go through the experiences with him, and as he opens up his thinking process, you can think through the challenges and concepts that he was experiencing. Miller shares his safari of moral and spiritual questing and clarifying. He was a member of a church, but uncertain, and found some questions not being dealt with. He proceeded to learn from the world at large and reference that to his Christian background. He found the figure and teachings of Jesus a continuing solid focus, which continued as a core of values and moral reference. His writing here is hilarious as he shares some of the unusual experiences he and some friends go through. He chose to go to a college known for its radical, antichristian attitude. He wanted to explore the philosophical context and learn what was motivating some of these students. In this context, he continues to ask whether being a Christian makes sense on that campus or in this modern world. He and some friends take some radical approaches to implement the teachings of Jesus, as opposed to the standard church ideas of how to be a Christian. For instance, he and his small group of Christian friends decided on a special activity for Renaissance Weekend. They decided to set up a confession booth, address as monks, and take confessions. Only this was reverse confession. They decided they would confess, as Christians, for all the current failures and historical sins of Christians in their society and through history. They approached this with trepidation, not really sure what this would entail or exactly how they would go about it. After they began the activity, it so surprised the first person that he went around telling everyone else and it brought about a reconciliation on the campus. This puzzling, novel approach the young Christians took facilitated bridging a social gap and clarifying some misconceptions about Christians and the Christian message. Miller and his friends tried to bypass the old negative churchy conceptions by focusing on Jesus and the way they were trying to follow him. Miller shares this and many more experience in Blue Like Jazz. In Notes, he provides some more personal reflections on the background of the events and how the process of trying to be like Jesus has gone for him. The tone you feel is that Miller has found life is a Wonder, an adventure. In faith, the adventure takes on deeper meaning, and Faith allows you to question and probe without fearing the answers you will find! This is a hilarious and poignant gift booklet. Enjoy it and give it to someone you love!
Customer Review: Delicious
Allow me to begin with a short excerpt: "Many of our attempts to understand and define the Christian faith have only cheapened it. I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast understands my complexity." (page 101) Buy one for your car, put one in your iPod, keep one in the office, have one in every bathroom, and make sure one is on your night stand. A perfect gift for a friend. What can I say, I adore Donald Miller's stuff, even when Thomas Nelson published this remix of his classic, Blue Like Jazz. That being said, the audio CD that accompanies the book is a dismal disappointment. Somebody at TN had the bright idea to mix some awful background music with Don reading a selection of his prose. Hey, Thomas Nelson --- kill the background music!!! It was a terrible distraction when one is attempting to focus on the essence of what Don is saying...it didn't work. A great contribution. A wonderful gift for a friend. Use the CD as a flying saucer with your neighbor's barking dog whose is chained up in their backyard 24-7. In summary, reading Donald Miller has this effect on me, "Wonder is the feeling we get when we do just that --- let go of our silly answers, our mapped out rules that we want God to follow. And I don't believe that there is any better worship than wonder." (p. 109). Thank you Thomas-Nelson and Donald Miller


Thinking in Jazz : The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series)

A landmark in jazz studies, Thinking in Jazz reveals as never before how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Paul Berliner documents the lifetime of preparation that lies behind the skilled improviser's every idea.

The product of more than fifteen years of immersion in the jazz world, Thinking in Jazz combines participant observation with detailed musicological analysis, the author's experience as a jazz trumpeter, interpretations of published material by scholars and performers, and, above all, original data from interviews with more than fifty professional musicians: bassists George Duvivier and Rufus Reid; drummers Max Roach, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Akira Tana; guitarist Emily Remler; pianists Tommy Flanagan and Barry Harris; saxophonists Lou Donaldson, Lee Konitz, and James Moody; trombonist Curtis Fuller; trumpeters Doc Cheatham, Art Farmer, Wynton Marsalis, and Red Rodney; vocalists Carmen Lundy and Vea Williams; and others. Together, the interviews provide insight into the production of jazz by great artists like Betty Carter, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker.

Thinking in Jazz overflows with musical examples from the 1920s to the present, including original transcriptions (keyed to commercial recordings) of collective improvisations by Miles Davis's and John Coltrane's groups. These transcriptions provide additional insight into the structure and creativity of jazz improvisation and represent a remarkable resource for jazz musicians as well as students and educators.

Berliner explores the alternative ways--aural, visual, kinetic, verbal, emotional, theoretical, associative--in which these performers conceptualize their music and describes the delicate interplay of soloist and ensemble in collective improvisation. Berliner's skillful integration of data concerning musical development, the rigorous practice and thought artists devote to jazz outside of performance, and the complexities of composing in the moment leads to a new understanding of jazz improvisation as a language, an aesthetic, and a tradition. This unprecedented journey to the heart of the jazz tradition will fascinate and enlighten musicians, musicologists, and jazz fans alike.
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Customer Review: Something for Everyone
I'm a jazz pianist. All the musicians I know who have read this book think highly of it, and I'm no exception. It doesn't pretend to be an encyclopedia of everything jazz. It's a study of the nature of jazz improvisation, based upon the author's own experience as a trumpet player and his interviews with (then) living jazz musicians about their personal experiences and recollections. The "story" is an enlightening one, even to someone like me, who has been a musician for a half century and met some of the people in the book. For jazz lovers and people who just want some insight into this wondrous genre, it's an absorbing read. For practicing musicians, music students, and anyone else who knows at least some music theory, it's invaluable for its many detailed musical examples, the like of which I've seen nowhere else in any publication. There's something in this book for everyone who wants to know more about the creative process in jazz.
Customer Review: This book is even more than meets the eye
Despite the many pages, this was a very easy read. Berliner does a great job writing in a way that was well-written, yet easy to follow. I don't have a music background; however, I was interested in this read to find out how an expert learns and refines their craft. In this book, Berliner reveals the art of improvisation and how improvisation requires many years of dedication and learning. One cannot just pick up an instrument and begin improvising--even experienced musicians have difficulties with this. It isn't until someone has mastered their skill, learned from mentors, participated in apprenticeships and truly immersed themselves in their craft that they are able to improvise. And, it's a lifelong achievement to get to that point, as there are always ways to refine your craft. Thinking in Jazz explores the passion and the learning involved in being the best at your craft. If you are passionate about music, this is a must read! Just to note: The last 300 pages or so consists of short musical examples sampling improvised performances by different sources. I wasn't able to benefit too much from this section since I don't have a background in music. But, even if you are like me and lack the musical expertise, the rest of the book is definitely still worth reading.


Scales for Jazz Improvisation: A Practice Method for All Instruments

Haerle presents the scales used in improvisation and explains applications. Scales shown in all keys and treble and bass clefs include blues, ionian, dorian, phrygian, locrian as well as whole tone, chromatic, augmented and many more. Great aid to memorizing.
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Customer Review: Something for every jazz musician (almost)
I bought this book as the text for a jazz improvisation course that I never got to take. Rather than return it, I decided to make the most of it that I could. Truth be told, I haven't gotten much out of it, because it really needs to have a course and/or music instructor to make this book go. My piano teacher and I have looked at it on occasion, and I will refer to it every once in a while when I have some difficulty with a certain key signature or to investigate what notes I should be using in a solo, but other than that, this spends a lot of time on my shelf and not on my piano's music stand. The subtitle of the book, "A practice method for all instruments", is a little misleading. The "method" actually consists of one whole page which says, basically, "Practice scales, with a metronome, over the entire instrument range, and break it up a little." Well, I don't know about saxophone, or bass, or whatever, but if you're playing piano and you're not playing scales daily already, well, good luck with that. (Drums? Sorry, no ideas here.) What is good about this book is that every conceivable scale is shown and explained in all twelve keys. Application, however, is left to the reader, which is why I think this book is only really useful in conjunction with someone teaching the concepts contained therein. To be sure, it would be great to be able to start plunking away when someone in the band calls out the name of a tune and then "E-flat, Locrian number 2", but nobody in any band I've ever played in ever did that. Still, this book is a great reference and an essential building block to learning jazz theory and playing great jazz music. (It's staple bound, so it lays flats on a music stand, which bumped it up to four stars in the listing title from its actual rating of three and a half stars.)


Modern Jazz Piano: A Study In Harmony And Improvisation

Based on the author’s experience in teaching in jazz workshop, explains the principles of this art form. Useful for teachers wishing to include jazz in the music curriculum.
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Customer Review: Thats right, play it!
I just enjoy playing some of these pieces...I'll get to the rest, eventually, got nothing but time
Customer Review: Purely theoric
This book concentrates only in concise theory, don't giving any further explanation or real-life examples in music. Aside that, the book wastes several chapters in basic music theory telling what any amateur musician already know. For me it was useless.


Mastering Improvisation Jazz Guitar - The Complete Jazz Guitar Method

Expand the boundaries of your knowledge and improvisation skills with this exciting book, which picks up where the improv lessons in Intermediate Jazz Guitar leave off. Topics include improvising over altered dominant chords, the diminished scale, the wh
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Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble a Comprehensive Method for Jazz Style and Improvisation / Conductor

Specifically designed to teach jazz basics to students with 1 or 2 years playing experience, but with no prior experience playing jazz. Great for individual or classroom use. Teaches the basics of swing style in a step-by-step approach using well-known songs. Improvisation is made easy starting with simple 2-measure phrases. Scales and basic theory are introduced in a simple and easy to understand approach. 2 CDÕs are included with recordings of all exercises and arrangements. Other features: 7 full band arrangements, sample solos, jazz history and people.
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Customer Review: Excellent Learning Tool
This is a fabulous, simple and straightforward method for learning the elements of jazz. I was so impressed with it that when I found the seconc CD in the used book I originally bought was cracked, I went out and bought another copy (for clarinet and direct from the publisher). Very highly recommended.
Customer Review: Covers all the basics for playing guitar in your high school's jazz band
This book is for learning jazz from scratch, in the context of a jazz ensemble with a rhythm section and horns. The Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble series is really good for learning how to play in the jazz style if you've never listened to jazz before. The CD will be extremely valuable for hearing (ear training) what jazz should sound like as it swings. The Guitar Edition is written for guitar, but the melodic examples are played on the CD by a horn instrument. And it's all in standard notation without any TAB. Some rock guitarists unfortunately might be turned off by the lack of TAB, but stick with it. If you're dedicated to learning jazz, reading proficiency is mandatory. To make it a little easier, everything in this book is in the concert key of Bb (only 2 flats). The comping rhythms have been adapted from keyboard comping. The piano was part of the jazz rhythm section long before guitar. Pianists are masters at accompanying. You'll learn the most common comping patterns as well as guitar voicings that fit in context of a jazz rhythm section with piano, bass, and drums. The chord voicings are diagramed, although not much theory is given so it's best to learn how chords are constructed with another book or teacher who can play jazz guitar. Blues scales and standard blues sounding tunes are presented first, along with explanations of Dorian and Mixolydian soloing. Arpeggios are explained and written in standard notation. You'll find horn players are much more adept at using an arpeggio approach to soloing than guitar players are. This is a great book for learning jazz from square one, but be very patient! This is probably at least a 2 year endeavor to assimilate all the material here.


Jazz Improvisation 1: Tonal And Rhythmic Principles

The fundamentals of jazz are here explained and systemized in 70 lessons based on 60 jazz standards. It covers the styles of musicians from Buddy Bolden to Dizzy Gillespie.
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Customer Review: The real deal - - and I mean it ! ! !
Good news and bad news about this book... It represents an older method, an older way of thinking... it is brutal to learn, requires a lot of intelligence and commitment, and there are "simpler" approaches out now. The good news: Yeah, but who the heck is playing with the conceptual depth of the players who came out in this era when harmonic mastery was absolutely essential and players were, for the most part INTELLIGENT and profoundy conceptual, and why do players these days have all the "technique" in the world, yet seem to lack the depth of the older players ??? And so welcome back to the 60 chord system of Jazz... your block chords, their inversions... the way tones are added, roman numeral analysis, and all the scary stuff related to Jazz harmony - - not to mention the 60 scales and use of "sensitive tones", "open axis voicings" and a whole bunch of terminology not as common these days. In the end, this book is phenomenal because for those wishing to take the path you will receive the same type of training most of the masters came up on. However - - it is not for everyone. In fact, when I took my first Jazz lesson, and a teacher (with far lesser abilities to organize the info and articulate himself than Mehegan) laid this on me... I pretty much stopped showing up for the lessons and almost quit. Amadea's book saved my life and got me back into playing, but now I've come full circle, and I really appreciate this series. In the end, my advice is that even though this WAS the info people taking Jazz courses were started on years ago, it might not be the right for everyone in the getgo, however, at some point, this is one of those vital documentations that is more than just an instructional method... it is a vital contribution to Jazz Harmony and its - - less than abstract truths.
Customer Review: I am jazz musitian and have it
Don't buy There are a lot of good books.


Jazz Improvisation 2: Jazz Rhythm And The Improvised Line

This is a brilliant and schematic history of two important aspects of jazz. Contents include fingered bass lines and solos for dozens of well-known tunes from every period. Twenty-nine pieces, from Bessie Smith to Miles Davis.
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