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Jazz Practice Ideas with Your Real Book Paperback – April 27, 2015
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- Publisher : Fuller Street Music & Media (April 27, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 110 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692353127
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692353127
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Jazz Practice Ideas with your real Book” is a progressively more difficult presentation of 36 concepts for approaching jazz improvisation. Initially Andy gives us some motivational material which is actually pertinent, then he launches into the concepts arranged by topic such as harmony, rhythm, sight reading, ear training, transcribing. Most of the chapters have lists of recommended tunes from the standard Real Books. Andy also appends a long list of recommended listening tunes arranged by instrument. Any makes frequent reference to how to use a Real book to apply the concepts.
As a beginning improviser myself, I appreciate the suggestions as to practice organization and structure in the motivational material. The actual “concepts” vary from suggestions as to how to practice, as to what to include in your practice, and as to techniques to be applied. Some of these the imaginative student might learn or develop for him/her self. But to have this list for guidance and to round out the students jazz practice is very helpful. I have spent some time with books full of “patterns” called improvisation books. This is the first I have found which is theoretical and analytical in approach improvisation, yet approachable.
The book is well written, short enough to be interesting yet covers the topics well. Music terms and abbreviations are well explained or easily figured out (R-2-5 vs R-4-5). The material is well explained and easily understood by anyone with a basic level understanding of music. And the more difficult concepts (e.g. hexatronic improvisation) could benefit many moderate to advanced improvisers.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning or teaching jazz improvisation.
Three works I would recommend to accompany and round out this material are 1) Dave Baker’s three volume “How to Play Bebop,” especially Vol 3. 2) Jerry Coker’s “Elements of the Jazz Language.” and 3) John Mehegan’s four volume “Jazz Improvisation.”
Not for beginner musicians, but for those who already have some music background. You should know some theory (how to construct a chord and know the relevant scale degrees, etc.), read sheet music and have some experience with your instrument (at least to be able to play chords from real book :) ).
Top reviews from other countries
My practice schedule has really changed in an inspiring way.
I feel I'm much more focused and loosing less time.
Take chapter 6, for example, right at outset of learning basic improv skills...
...3 notes: tritonic playing (3- note shells primarily based around scale degrees R25 and R45 including all diatonic possibilities. The frame of the perfect fifth adds to their flexibility in any situation. (This is not to be confused with the harmonic basis of many of John Coltrane's compositions which have three tonal centers or three tonics). (See Practice Idea #4 below)...
No, let's not bother. I'd be better off finding a book written by someone who can teach, as well as play.
It's not an expensive book, but it's not for beginners, so I recommend if, like me, you needed a guiding hand on the rocky road to improving your improv, that you look elsewhere.