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Product Details

  • Paperback: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739020404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739020401
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 8.6 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book met all of my expectations!
Ned Tennant
Buy books 1 through 3 in this series....you may not need other books to learn the bebop scales and language.
Gil Rosado
He covers techniques such as creating guide tone lines, playing chord tones, learning contrafacts, and more.
Beagle

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Beagle on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I find some of Baker's works brilliant and others terrible. His "How To Play Bebop" series fits in the brilliant category and you really should get all three. Volume 1 is the most essential of the series, then volume 3, and lastly volume 2.

Baker is usually credited with inventing the term "bebop scale". In volume 1 of the series he describes the bebop dominant and major scales scales are and also gives you some rules for using the scales to construct bebop lines. Some of this is quite technical and may put some readers off, but if you play through the examples and use your ears you will soon catch on.

The basic idea is to add chromatic passing notes in the right places so that the your lines contain chord tones on strong beats.

He also shows techniqes for extending and connecting bop lines and provides some of his famous perpetual motion exercises to work on. There's a lot to keep you busy in this book.

It is often difficult for the beginning jazz student to know how to go from scales to improvisation. This book gives you something concrete to work with. It is a bit bewildering at first, but if you give it time to sink in you will find that you will be able to internalize the many rules and create long and sophisticated improvised bop lines. (Note this book is aimed at creating single-note lines only and does not cover chord voicings or comping).

A slightly more modern treatment of this subject can be found in volume 3 of Bergonzi's opus Inside Improvisation for All Instruments 7 Volume Set By Jerry Bergonzi (volumes 1-7), but I prefer Baker's book - it's the original and best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Wykked One on June 12, 2009
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This book will transform your playing and the way you think about creating riffs forever. After working through just the first few pages, and applying some of David Bakers Bebop rules, your own riffs will get that "Smooth & Cool" sound. You will need to read music (No TABs) & know a little bit of of jazz theory, such as basic scales, V of the V, and bV substitutes, II V I, passing tones... etc. to fully apply the ideas to your playing. David Baker gives clear examples so even the less "Theory-Minded" person will get something out of this book! Highly Recommended for all.... and a "Must" for you Bebop Cats.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. MarkVI on June 28, 2010
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This guy has the theory down to a science. What I miss is a CD so you can hear the attitude with which it's played.

In "Jazz Conception" by Jim Snidero - the most important part of this book of Tenor or Alto Sax etudes is the CD. You can HEAR what it's like to play it with perfect expression. You may end up just copying the soloist - in this case Steely Dan sideman Walt Weiskopf (a monster tenor stylist and towering theorist who's published overwhelming improv studies of his own) but copying him is a big part of it. This guy plays with such class that the aspiring student gets pulled right into his orbit by just trying to keep up - and you may need a "slow downer" application to get it down to a speed you can manage, since Walt makes it sound so effortless but he's going at it with amazing speed.

If David Baker had some mini compositions with backing tracks to play along with, the student would benefit tremendously. This is not to say that the theory presented is off base - he knows his stuff. It's just rather dry. When you can hear that Parker or Desmond voice out there, you really try harder. That's why I got the book in the first place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gideon Leong on February 24, 2009
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This book presents the basic bebop scales , applied to different type of chords. There's also the application part of it. Actual lines produced using the scales.

Excellent source for bebop lines. The information in the book is so complete that you would take years to finish this book,ie when you transcribe these solos into different keys and applying them in playing situation.
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By Timothy on December 21, 2014
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Get the whole series! I got volume 2 first and then 3, but they all made much more sense when I got volume 1. Very helpful books, I've been working with volume 1 for about a week now and I can already hear my playing improve. Definitely a great buy!
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