Jazz Course for All Instruments

Catalog: MB30890

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According to musician and musicologist Gunther Schuller, 75% of all harmonic movement in jazz consists of ii-V-I progressions. Consequently, for the jazz improvisor, it is extremely important to be capable of playing a coherent phrase based on any member note of the ii chord and its extensions, in any key. In this book, music educator and world-renowned jazz saxophonist, Lukas Gabric focuses on helping you develop this essential skill.

  The five strategies outlined in Jazz Course for All Instruments are specifically designed to enhance your vocabulary and fluency as a jazz improviser. In a key segment, Gabric explains how longer phrases can be generated by combining minimal source materials. He also seeks to further your transposition and memorization skills as well as instrumental technique—all of which are required for effective improvisation. For those familiar with other styles of music, this reasoned, incremental approach could well open the door to the exciting world of improvised jazz.

Table of Contents:
  • Fundamental Jazz Music Theory
  • How to Use this Book
  • Strategy 1 – Developing Jazz Vocabulary and Fluency
  • Starting on the Root of the ii7 Chord
  • Starting on the 3rd of the ii7 Chord
  • Starting on the 5th of the ii7 Chord
  • Starting on the 7th of the ii7 Chord
  • Starting on the 9th of the Extended ii7 Chord
  • Starting on the 11th of the Extended ii7 Chord
  • Starting on the 13th of the Extended ii7 Chord
  • Rhythmic Variations
  • Major Chord Licks
  • Starting on the Root
  • Starting on the 3rd
  • Starting on the 5th
  • Starting on the 7th
  • Strategy 2 – Creating Longer ii7-V7 Licks Through Tritone Substitution
  • Tritone Substitution
  • Strategy 3 – Combination
  • Creating New Licks Through Combination
  • Creating Long ii7-V7 Licks Through Combination
  • Strategy 4 – Sample Exercises for Developing Fluency
  • Sample Exercise 1: Ascending Chromatically
  • Sample Exercise 2: Ascending & Descending in Whole Steps
  • Sample Exercise 3: Ascending in Major Thirds
  • Strategy 5 – Implementation and Application
  • The “Plug-in Method”
  • The “Building Block Method”
  • About the Author
Publisher: Mel Bay
Composer/Author: Gabric, Lukas
Catalog Number: MB30890