Blues Improvisation Complete

E-flat Instruments

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
  • Format: Book/CD
  • Pages: 128
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634-01531-1
  • SKU: 50449487
  • Publication Date: December 03, 2002

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Learn to play the blues in several styles—jazz, Latin, fusion, rock, and funk—in all keys with step-by-step instructions, practice tips, and a play-along CD. Even if you are a complete beginner, this easy-to-understand instructional guide will get you improvising in no time!

  • Create killer solos using the hundreds of great licks included
  • Get the sound of the blues under your fingers and into your ears, so you can keep your playing fresh, spontaneous, and original
  • Improve your sound, phrasing, and rhythm through technical studies and rhythmic exercises
  • Increase your confidence as an improviser using the practice routines in every section
  • Jam in a variety of styles with the rhythm section on the play-along CD

Develop essential skills in reading, technique, listening, rhythmic syncopation, performance, and solo composition. Learn to improvise over 12-bar blues in all keys and bring your musical ideas to life!

“An effective method for learning the rudiments of blues. Blues is the source for improvisational efforts of all American music, including jazz and rock, and this book will give players a strong foundation to develop musical freedom and confidence.”

—Bill Pierce, Saxophonist (Tony Williams, Art Blakey, Kevin Eubanks, Freddie Hubbard), Chair, Woodwind Department, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

“An easy-to-understand, comprehensive approach to using the blues scales in one’s improvisation. A great learning tool not only for beginners, but also for more experienced players looking to expand their stylistic versatility.”

—Jerry Bergonzi, Saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Ensemble, Mike Stern, John Scofield, John Abercrombie), Composer, Author, and Educator

“A very thorough and complete compilation of blues expressions. A perfect study of feelings and ideas for the improviser.”

—George Garzone, Saxophonist (Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, George Russell, Joshua Redman), Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA



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