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Playing on the Changes

B-flat Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone

By Bob Mintzer

B-flat Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone - Grade 3.5
B-flat Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone. Composed by Bob Mintzer. Instrumental Series; Play-Along. Belwin Jazz Play-Along Series. Jazz. Book and DVD. 60 pages. Belwin Music #00-43721. Published by Belwin Music (AP.43721).

Item Number: AP.43721

ISBN 147062317X. English.

Playing on the Changes features 13 jazz etudes through the various chord qualities found in standards and jazz tunes in all 12 keys. Areas covered include major 7th chords, minor 7th chords, dominant 7th chords (Mixolydian, altered dominant, and half-whole diminished), minor ii (flat-5) chords, tritone substitutions, and a variety of progressions using all of the above. Bob Mintzer has written out etude solos that traverse the changes in a way that familiarizes you with the sound of each harmonic setting. Each etude is modeled after ideas---such as melodic and rhythmic patterns that create continuity---and singable melodies that he recommends using when improvising through the chord changes.

Using the TNT 2 software, listen to and analyze the etudes, and then remove Mintzer's saxophone from the mix to practice and play these harmonic exercises on your own with a stellar rhythm section. The amazing TNT 2 software allows you to slow down the tempo, too!

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    Michael Dubhagain
    Santa Barbara, CA
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  • 2016-08-25 16:17:34.0 DVD Does Not Play on your DVD Player

    Advertised as “Book and DVD”. The "Playing on the Changes" DVD will not play on your DVD player (or Blu-ray player either). Also, it won't play on your computer until you download a program specifically designed to play this disk. There's an option included on the disk...

    that offers to install a resident program that plays the "Playing on the Changes" DVD, and then the DVD might play on your computer, or it might not. It didn't work on my computer. When I get something where I need to configure it to play on my computer, it might take me an hour to get it to work right. For that reason, I don't purchase books with on-line audio, and I just don't feel like playing games with a data disk that needs a special program downloaded to play the contents of something that claims to be a DVD but isn't actually a DVD.

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