Totally cool, interactive and educational music! Big Mouth Blues is for recorders and all C instruments, and promises to redefine the state of the art in educational play-a-long publications! Although intended primarily for recorders, Big Mouth Blues is well suited for flutes, keyboards, mallet instruments or guitar (any concert pitched instrument). What makes Big Mouth Blues so unique is the emphasis on learning how to improvise and the fact that it includes instructional tutorials on the recording.
Five tunes and over 70 minutes of material are included. This outstanding book has parts which are reproducible for an unlimited number of students, as well as a fingering chart for soprano recorder. Song titles include Hot Cross Buns (using B, A and G); Desert Rider (B, A, G, E); For Minors Only (E, G, A, B); Big Mouth Blues (A, B, C, C#, high D); Country Morning (D major scale.) The neat recorded synthesizer track will add a lot to the fun, both in practice and in performance! The revised second edition includes chord symbols and additional harmony parts.
Hot Cross Buns: With a cute, catchy accompaniment and a simple B, A, G melody, Hot Cross Buns is playable by beginners the first day of recorder instruction! An optional duet part adds extra educational benefit and musical variety. No improvisation in this one.
Desert Rider: This song is nothing but cool! A long, mysterious synthesizer intro leads into a driving rock beat. The melody uses only four notes: B, A, G and E. The optional duet part uses only two notes. Very appealing to older students!
For Minors Only: La pentatonic never sounded so jazzy! A Latin flavored 12 bar blues in E minor. The melody uses only four notes: E, G, A and B. Optional duet and trio parts fill out the harmony and make the tune sparkle. Solo echo patterns provide students with a vocabulary of melodic and rhythmic ideas to use when improvising. Four choruses in the middle of the tune provide lots of room for improvising.
Big Mouth Blues: This tune kicks major plastic! A 12 bar major blues in a big band swing style using the left hand only. The melody introduces the note C#. Two choruses for improvising along with all the usual Jim Tinter goodies: solo echo patterns, solo accompaniment tracks and step-by-step tutorials.
Country Morning: This beautiful ballad in D major is perfect for intermediate students. Introduces the note F#. Optional duet part. Two choruses for soloing and the usual Jim Tinter goodies make this a wonderful tune for students in fourth grade and up.
Five tunes in contrasting styles including step-by-step tutorials on the recording
Written and recorded solo echo patterns make it easy to learn how to improvise
Accompaniment tracks for practicing and improvising with no note reading skills necessary
Fun for listening, learning and performing at all ability levels - kids to adults
Synthesizer accompaniment with and without recorder parts
Includes soprano recorder fingering chart
Full score and individual instrument parts include a license to copy sheet music for students
Over 70 minutes of material that has been classroom tested in real classrooms with real children