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Volume 1 - How to Play Jazz and Improvise!

Digital Book w/Audio

Digital Book w/Audio






Product Code: V01ES
Author: Jamey Aebersold
Publisher: Jamey Aebersold Jazz
Series: Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long
ISBN-13: 978-1-56224-122-3
ISBN-10: 1-56224-122-2
UPC-A: 635621000018

****This product is a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!****

PDF + Audio

Beginning/Intermediate. Do you want to learn how to improvise jazz? Then this is the play-along for you! Easy to understand and inspiring for all musicians wishing to explore the secrets of jazz improv. Book includes transposed parts for all instruments.

The recordings include blues in Bb and F, four dorian minor tracks, four-measure cadences, cycle of dominants, 24-measure song, II/V7 in all keys and Jamey Aebersold playing exercises from the book (hear the master clinician demonstrate exactly how it's done).

As a bonus, there are duplicate recordings of all the tracks in slower tempos!

Rhythm Section: Jamey Aebersold (piano); Rufus Reid (bass); Jonathan Higgins (drums)

PIANISTS and GUITARISTS! A special edition is ready for you. See the "Featured Items" column to the right.


F Minor, E Flat Minor, D minor - 8 Bars
F Minor, E Flat Minor, D Minor - 4 Bars
Random Minor Chords - 8 Bars
Random Minor Chords - 4 Bars
Four Measure Cadences
Blues In Key Of B Flat Concert
Blues In Key Of F Concert
Cycle Of Dominant 7th Chords - 4 Bars
24-Measure Song
Minor To Dominant Progression - 12 Keys
Verbal Instruction For Demonstration Tracks - #13-#17
Music From CD Track #2, with Jamey playing Examples 1-4
Music from CD Track #2, with Jamey playing Examples 5-8
Music from CD Track #2, with Jamey playing Examples 9-12
Music from CD Track #2, with Jamey playing Examples 13-16
Music from CD Track #2, with Jamey playing Examples 17-20
Music from CD Track #2, with Jamey soloing
Music from CD Track #2, with Jamey soloing
Music from CD Track #7 (Bb Blues), with Jamey playing the first 8 Practice Procedures from page 26
Music from CD Track #7 (Bb Blues), with Jamey Soloing.

"When I first heard "So What" on the Kind of Blue record I didn’t think anything was happening because I was used to hearing changes flying by and this seemed so tame by comparison. I quickly fell in love with Kind of Blue and of course we at IU started experimenting with modal tunes and trying to keep our place in those many 8 bar phrases that seemed at times to make me feel like I was in the middle of a desert and couldn’t see for the life of me the beginning of the next 8 bar phrase.

When I began teaching privately for the first time in Seymour, Indiana I had a girl flute student who really had a great sound. One day I asked her to improvise on a D- dorian scale and off she went. I could tell she was playing what she heard in her mind and I was so surprised. It really sounded natural. So, I asked other students to play on a dorian scale and they did fine. That’s how I got started teaching improv. I think others at the time were using the blues as a vehicle but the students I was working with knew nothing about the blues but they could keep their place in the 4 and 8 bar phrases so I went ahead later and used that modal approach on my Volume 1 play-a-long ... and the rest is history."