Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation - E Flat Edition by Brian Kane. For Alto Saxophone. Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation contains detailed explanations and analysis of the creative and improvisational techniques musicians use for style, phrasing, solo development, and motivic improvisation in an easy to follow step-by-step format. Jazz Improvisation Method Book. Beginning and Intermediate. Book and CD. 168 pages. Published by Jazz Path Publishing (JH.JP-009).
ISBN 978-0-9760977-8-5. Jazz Improvisation Method Book.
Ten progessively difficult chapters, containing dozens of improvisational exercises, explore jazz improvisation from creative, melodic and technical perspectives. The book is designed to meet all of the national standards and frameworks for music education and is a comprehensive improvisational curriculum for individual musicians or group classes. The book includes a 52 track play-a-long and demonstration CD. Readers will learn that improvisation is about more than technique, right notes, and playing patterns. Improvisation is about style, phrasing control, creative design and intent, and learning to speak the language of jazz.
Location: from Appleton, WI
September 8, 2008
This book has a fun, language-based approach. It's really different from most other improv books I have. It really gets to the heart of the creative side of improv without killing you about technique and learning patterns. I use it with my students who are beginners and it works.
22 of 37 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Boston, MA
September 12, 2007
A great improvisation book
I liked this book and it's not your typical "here are the scales-now go improvise" approach. The book is layed out really well, very progressive and covers every skill you can possibly want to develop to focus on jazz improvisation. It doesn't talk about harmony much, but rather talks about...
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