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A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation: Mandolin Edition

By Dick Weissman and Dan Fox

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Mandolin - Beginning
Composed by Dick Weissman and Dan Fox. Perfect binding, Improvisation. Acoustic Music. Book/CD Set. 128 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20829BCD).

Item Number: MB.20829BCD
ISBN 9780786673940. Acoustic Music. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The non-jazz improvisation series is a concept that germinated in Dick Weissman's mind while he was attending music school. He wrote a 15-piece arrangement of the old square dance tune, Cripple Creek, and wanted the trombone to take a solo as part of the arrangement. When the trombonist kept playing a bebop solo that was totally unsuitable for the chart, Dick realized that - in addition to the many musicians who do not improvise - there are even jazz musicians who don't know how to improvise outside the limits of their own stylistic backgrounds. The non-jazz improvisation series mostly includes new original tunes that are intended to show how to improvise in many musical styles, including;

* Blues
* Country
* American folk
* Latin-American
* World music including South American, Eastern European and Asian
* Odd meters (playing in a variety of time signatures)
* New Age
* Classical
* Folk-Rock

In short, the books are an encyclopedia of virtually every musical style, excluding jazz.