- Spiral-bound: 87 pages
- Publisher: Sher Music (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883217156
- ISBN-13: 978-1883217150
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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The Real Easy Book, Level 1: Tunes for Beginning Improvisers (3-horn edition, C version) Spiral-bound – December 7, 2003
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On the opposite page the various instrument lines are written out - first the piano chords, then the scales that can be used for improvising, and then a starter bass line is written out verbatim, and finally the guitar TAB chords are written. That's not a bad toolkit, but I found that only having the piano chords didn't help as much as if the authors would have provided a sample piano part just to get us started. The piano chord format and types of chords given tend to repeat from page to page, so they not that useful by the time you get to the tenth piece.
The bass line is a good start, very well set out to provide players with a solid foundation in jazz bass playing, but beware it is elementary. But then the book is a starter book. In general the chords for all instruments are elementary all round (mainly unaltered with simple voicings), a deliberate simplification by the authors, but don't worry it is still a useful source despite the repetition mentioned above.
Students may also find that they need to learn improvisation techniques themselves elsewhere. The book provides only the starter kit and doesn't claim to provide a jazz method.
As far as accuracy and choice of tunes are concerned this book is amongst the best and I recommend it for that. Notwithstanding, the header tune for Bag's Groove is ever so slightly different than Oscar Peterson's Night Train rendition, but does that really matter?
Most important above all else, the tunes are easy to grasp while still providing challenges to the players. A good starter workout in jazz is guaranteed if the students read through and improvise on these tunes.