Jazz Viola Wizard Junior, Book 1 composed by Martin Norgaard. For Viola. Saddle-stitched, Methods. Jazz Wizard. Jazz play along. Beginning-Intermediate. Book/CD Set. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20188BCD).
ISBN 9780786665006. Jazz play along. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
Jazz Viola Wizard Jr. is designed for beginning and intermediate middle and high school violists in the tradition of the parent method, Jazz Fiddle Wizard--a breakthrough approach for string players who want to learn to improvise within the jazz style. No step is left out in this sequentially arranged introduction to the role of rhythm, call and response, articulation, scales, and chord changes in jazz improvisation. The exercises are turned into catchy tunes arranged to work in any configuration of string groups. That is, three-part arrangements for each tune may be played with any number of like instruments or in conjunction with Jazz Fiddle Wizard Jr. and Jazz Cello Wizard Jr. books. Suitable as a self-instruction book or for use in private and/or group string instruction, Jazz Viola Wizard Jr. contains piano accompaniment parts as well as a CD that provides a full rhythm section accompaniment for every exercise and tune. The appropriate tone and style are modeled by the author's performances of more than 50 sample exercises and improvised solos.