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The Articulate Jazz Musician

Mastering the Language of Jazz (Piano)

By Caleb Chapman and Jeff Coffin

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Jazz Ensemble Piano - Grade 2; Grade 3
Mastering the Language of Jazz (Piano). Composed by Caleb Chapman and Jeff Coffin. Book; CD; Jazz Ensemble Method; Method/Instruction; Play-Along; Technique Musicianship. The Articulate Jazz Musician. Jazz. 64 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.40600).

Item Number: AP.40600
ISBN 0739094505. Jazz.

Award-winning jazz educator Caleb Chapman and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin have created a highly effective approach to jazz articulation. Step by step, The Articulate Jazz Musician details Caleb's proven approach for mastering the fundamentals of jazz articulation, phrasing, and interpretation. The play-along tracks are designed for C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef instruments. Rhythm section instruments can use the play-along tracks as a “how to play it” reference. The tracks feature a world-class quartet of Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone), Victor Wooten (bass), Roy "Futureman" Wooten (drums), and Chris Walters (piano). This method makes approaching jazz articulation easy and fun. Follow the explanations, do lots of listening, play along, practice what you have heard, and before long, you too will be an articulate jazz musician!
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  • About the Authors 
  • Preface 
  • Introduction 
  • Articulating the Jazz Language 
  • Say What? The Art of Active Listening 
  • It Don't Mean a Thing---Basic Swing Conception 
  • The Jazz Articulation Rule---DA and AH syllables ("Strollin'") 
  • Jazz Articulation Rule Exception #1---DU and DOT syllables ("One More Once") 
  • Articulating the Release ("The Big Giant") 
  • Review DA, AH, DU, and DOT syllables ("Just Say NOLA") 
  • Jazz Articulation Rule Exception #2---Accenting Tops of Contour ("Dexter's Hat") 
  • Jazz Articulation Rule Exception #3---DU-WAH syllables ("Jump on the Bus") 
  • Review DA, AH, DU, DOT, and WAH syllables ("Coco's Blues") 
  • 3 Is a Magic Number---Articulating Triplets ("Triple Agents") 
  • Double Your Pleasure---Articulating in a Double-Time Feel ("Twice as Nice") 
  • Jazz Articulation Rule Exception #4---Ghosted Notes, the NN syllable ("Fats Wailer") 
  • Review Triplets, Double-Time Feel, and Ghosted Notes ("Slinky Sideways") 
  • Funk and Rock ("A Little Something") 
  • Other Articulation Effects and Embellishments ("What's Up, What's Down?") 
  • Overall Review ("Wrappin' Up") 
  • Appendix A: Glossary 
  • Appendix B: Basic Jazz Articulation Syllable Quick Guide 

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