Develop jazz solos using melodic fragments from traditional fiddle tunes.
These etudes show how melodic cells can be used to create extended improvisations. In each example, fragments of a traditional fiddle tune (“Turkey in the Straw”, “Arkansas Traveler”) are developed over jazz standard chord progressions. Each etude is preceded by a short introduction, discussing the development techniques at work. The accompanying audio tracks feature swinging interpretations of each etude, and provide play-along tracks so that you can practice each concept.
You will learn to:
- Develop jazz solos using familiar melodic material
- Create coherent improvisations built on melodic cells
- Modify melodies to suit jazz chord changes
- Fuse traditional fiddle music and jazz styles
- Flow from the “groove” of American fiddling, to the swing feel of jazz
These fiddle etudes are also suitable for mandolin, banjo, guitar, and other traditional instruments.