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1: Easy easy bebop: Bebop licks and phrases put into words. (Volume 1) Paperback – August 1, 2016
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From the Author
First of all a big "Shout Out" to all the people who at one time or another, recorded, studied, taught or participated in any way at my "STUDIO D" in New York City.
This book is my contribution to the " World of music". After many years of performing and teaching music in New York City I developed a unique method of instruction. This method is based on the many musicians who have the natural ability to "Play by ear". Using words to match the notes you are playing is the key. The same way we learn the words to a song, or the simple Do re mi scale "Words to notes" can help teach complex music theory.When we first pick up instruments we are trying to play sounds we've heard and like. We are not yet thinking notes, we're still just thinking sounds.
The player who plays by ear is getting right to the sound he or she hears. They usually are gifted enough to play hit songs and melodies easily, but more complex music can take more effort. The musician who reads the music can play the notes immediately if technique permits. That is why it's always good to atleast know the notes of your instrument.Combining the two methods is the purpose of this book. Use your eyes to read the notes and your voice to put the notes to words.
I once was asked to help two children of my neighbors to perform something at their church function. These two youngsters were given instruments as gifts, but had no lessons. The parents heard the sounds of potential musicianship in them , but nothing yet organized. So with not much time to teach them how to read music, I simply guided their natural abilities with "Words to notes" they could easily remember. The performance was such a success that many of the other youngsters wanted lessons. I've been using this method to show or teach musicians of all ages different styles of music. Even pop, rock, hip hop, funk, soul, gospel abd classical musicians get the jazz feeling and concepts faster this way. I've used amateurs in professional studios using this method of band leading. I've even used rock musicians on a jazz gig using the verbal instruction method. For example if I say the words Easy Easy Bebop the word "Easy" gives a feeling of relaxed fun in the jazz expression. I don't have to explain "do dit do dit do dit" jazz swing articulation. They can hear it in the words easily and probably never forget it. If I see a musician at an older age that I showed this to when they were younger they smile and say "Easy Easy Bebop".
I finally had the time to write the book you all wanted. The jazz masters did things with music that are genius and made it seem effortless. Use this book to have fun with jazz. Jazz is still the basis for lots of good music we hear today. After you study just the basics of jazz your flow in other music becomes more creative and thoughtful. The beat is just different.
From the Back Cover
Bebop sayable and playable cool jazz lines for all treble clef instruments.Book 1 bebop licks.
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