Yusef Lateef's concise and inspirational manual on the technical and philosophical aspects of playing soul music. Formerly "How To Improvise Soul Music."
Originally stated by Yusef:
For the past fifty-five years, I have been studying music, listening to musicians, records and talking to musicians who read, perform, and teach music. This method is a synthesis and I cannot begin to acknowledge all my indebtedness to others, although I wish I could do so. However, some of my obligations are quite clear. I should like to acknowledge here the patience and encouragement of my wife, and the technical assistance of Barry Harris. Thanks to the many fine musicians and persons with whom I have associated.
During my five months as a student teacher in New York City, I was frequently confronted by teenage music students who seriously asked me to teach them the art of autophysiopsychic music.* Their desires have helped motivate me into the undertaking of this project. Long experience in playing autophysiopsychic music* has also shown me the need for a meaningful method. I believe the following method will help to equip the musician with a vital musical skill and also enhance creative ability.
To comprehend this method, the student must know as a prerequisite the following aspects of musical theory:
a. major and minor scales
b. major and minor triads
c. major and minor chords
d. augmented and diminished chords
g. melody and rhythm
h. elementary knowledge of keyboard harmony
* Autophysiopsychic Music: Music which comes from one's physical, mental and spiritual self.