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How to Play Bebop - Volume 1

By David Baker

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How to Play Bebop - Volume 1 for all instruments. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - Jazz. Instructional, General Theory and Jazz. Instructional book. 52 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.2746).

ISBN 0739020404. Instructional, General Theory and Jazz. 9x12 inches.

A three volume series that includes the scales, chords and modes necessary to play bebop music. A great introduction to a style that is most influential in today's music. The first volume includes scales, chords and modes most commonly used in bebop and other musical styles. The second volume covers the bebop language, patterns, formulas and other linking exercises necessary to play bebop music. A great introduction to a style that is most influential in today's music.

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    Sheffield England
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  • April 15, 2010 AVERELL IS RIGHT!

    I agree totally with Averell on this one. In fact you can here me play a Solo (on my own Composition) 'Richie Cole comes to tea - Bebop Jazz Alto Sax Solo' on You tube which is a direct challange to what Baker says in his book. In fact Charlie Parker...

    himself goes against what Baker says (so does Richie Cole). Compare My Solo to any of the written ones in his book. Book one goes into all these Rules that would take forever to decipher. There is not a single line on Birds Rhythmic playing nor anything on the fact that Bebop scales are based on upper harmonics of chords. Book 2 is simply the bebop Bible (thats been around for ages) under a new name. I've given him 2 stars because he does go into the bop tunes based on standards etc which is usefull reference. Overall a big disappointment and you would learn more from listening to and transcribing the great players - alhough Im going to check out the book recomended by Averell.

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    Orlando, Florida
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  • June 26, 2009 Good books

    I too am not sure where the author of the negative comment is coming from. I'm sure his criticism has validity, in his point of view. I got the first volume 15 or so years ago and eventually went through all three. These are great books, especially for those...

    who are trying to get there heads around jazz phrasing or those seeking to just expand their vocabulary. Be careful though and make sure you study some other authors or you will sound like you are playing David Baker riffs and everyone will know. As for other authors Jerry Coker is great and ony of the Abersold books especially the II/V turnaround volume. Overall I highly recommend the Baker books.

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  • 5

    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Early intermediate
  • June 18, 2009 An Industry Standard

    Wow - I'm not sure who wrote that negative review, but please don't let that dissuade you from buying this book. It has become a standard method for learning the jazz line. It's extremely well-organized, methodical, and thorough. David Baker is possibly the world's greatest living...

    jazz teacher. This was one of the first books I worked out of as a student, and it improved my playing drastically. I now play in an Air Force jazz band, having won the job from a pool of 52 other college-educated saxophonists. This book taught me much of what I know. I continue to use these books with my students, and the results are always dramatic.

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  • March 03, 2009 Horrible!

    These books (3 volumes) show an entire lack of organisation, system, method, anything. I don't doubt that David Baker knows what he is writing about, he just doesn't know how to write about it. If you are looking for a systematic, concise and understable presentation of the improvised...

    line in bebop I highly recommend "A simple and direct guide to jazz improvisation" by Robert Rawlins. Rawlins knows how to write a book, Baker definitely doesn't.

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    London, England
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  • July 30, 2007 The text book for the aspiring bebop player

    This book has given me a great deal to think about and has really turned around my practicing. It contains a wealth of really usable examples and goes through the various options of phrase-making thoroughly without being too academic. An essential for relatively experienced players who have got on...

    top of their instrument and the basic harmony, but now want to move forward in fluidity and note-choice.

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