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Acclaimed jazz and classical performer Marsalis (Sweet Swing Blues on the Road, Norton, 1994) takes us into the realm of music fundamentals in his latest offering. The book accompanies the PBS series of the same name and is designed to show how basic elements of music are shared by different musical styles. Chapters are divided into rhythm, form, wind bands and jazz bands, and practice. Musical examples are provided on an accompanying audio CD and help illuminate abstract concepts. Marsalis's writing is warm and encouraging, especially the last chapter on practice, which should be of great use for the fledgling musician. Also included are biographical sketches of composers featured in the book, a glossary of terms, and a key to the CD including the corresponding numbers. Highly recomended for public libraries, this work should fill a void in young adult music education and could be of help to any neophyte wanting to learn music basics.?Ronald S. Russ, Brooklyn P.L.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Whether Wynton Marsalis is today's reigning champion of jazz creativity or just an unimaginative technician, one thing is certain: he loves the music and is one of its most outspoken proponents. In this book, the trumpeter takes on the role of teacher and guides children, young adults, and anyone else willing to learn through the fundamentals of music and improvisation. Using examples by such composers as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Charles Ives, Marsalis discusses such elements as melody, rhythm, and syncopation in clear, direct language. He puts himself at the center of a lead-by-the-hand style of instruction, yet he never condescends to his audience, and, ever the disciplined pedagogue, he includes some handy tips on how to maintain a practice schedule. The compact disc that will come with the book should make Marsalis' lessons that much more enjoyable, and appropriately enough, a PBS-TV program complements the generously illustrated book. Aaron Cohen
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Har/Com edition (October 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393038815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393038811
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Westerholm on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
First the book - buy the book. And as much as you'll love it, anyone under the age of 13 (the book's main target) will love it FACTOR 10.
A treat for the eye with art work and photographs that make adults check the title page for a photographer (unlisted - Frank Stewart? is that you?) A treat for the mind as well. Reading Marsalis' text out loud is a fantastic elixer for verbal sophistication with vibe. An even more intense dosage (which some of us need) is found in his "Sweet Swung Blues . . ."
Now, the point of this book is music theory. Can Wynton teach your child that which you - a grown man with complete power over child-proof lids - cannot understand? You know how as a little kid, you'd watch TV (say, ScoobyDoo) and the picture would be a little out of focus? Then your dad would come in and adjust the rabbit ears and - blammo! instant clarity! This is Marsalis discribing music theory. Blammo! Instant clarity!
It is not as good as the videos by the same name, but it fulfills a very worthwhile endeavor of capturing both the information and presentation of these worldclass videos. The special audio CD included with the book is worth the price of the book - easily.
Next - the man. Wynton Marsalis is a 20th and 21st century genius. Don't let anyone tell you differently, especially music critics(see also: non-musicians). Three minutes of hearing him play (_especially_ live - don't ever miss him live) is all the defense this paragraph needs.
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By MMW on April 6, 2013
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I teach music in middle school and this was most helpful & informational in an entertaining way. I used portions of three of the four programs with my general music class while the fourth, "Tackling the Monster", being saved for my instrumental groups.
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By BJA on February 18, 2015
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Gave as a gift to a ten year old who is learning to play the trumpet. He and his mom loved it!
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2 of 39 people found the following review helpful By JenniferPT on June 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just don't buy it as the very first Christmas gift for your new girlfriend, after dating 9 months. Especially when she tells you she's not into Jazz. Guess what, buying her this book...WILL NOT MAKE HER APPRECIATE IT ANY MORE.
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