This well-sequenced, step-by-step approach to improvisation is designed for use with the full jazz ensemble. Included are numerous exercises covering both even eighth note and swing eighth note styles, as well as units using B-flat and E-flat major scales; D, F and E-flat dorian scales and B-flat blues.
It effectively prepares students to progress to one of Jamey Aebersold's most important play along sets - Volume 1: Jazz: How to Play and Improvise. The improvisation is repertoire-based as each unit features a composition that focuses on and reinforces the concepts, skills and tonality introduced in that unit.
There is also a correlating series of performance music available. The score includes two CDs containing dozens of aural exercises and performance examples.
NOTE: If you intend to purchase only a single book for a particular instrument, it is highly recommended that you also purchase a complete score because it contains information NOT included in the separate books AND you get the 2 demonstration CDS which are not available separately.
Bb Major Scale - Listen Here
Eb Minor Scale - Listen Here
Eb Major Arpeggios - Listen Here
Basic Blues Form - Listen Here
Echo What You Hear - Listen Here
Smooth Sailing - Listen Here
Take a Swing at This - Listen Here
San Juan Hideaway - Listen Here
Melodic Variation - Listen Here
Inside In - Listen Here
Make the Changes - Listen Here
Four Bar Phrases - Listen Here
Something about the Blues - Listen Here
Brazilian Nights - Listen Here