A self-study text (newly revised with CD), presenting the most common jazz rhythms in order of increasing complexity in a series of short exercises and duets. The CD provides examples of performance and a professional rhythm section to play with. Great especially for those trained in classical music. Five compatible editions.
Technique of the Saxophone
(Woodwind Method). A highly effective and comprehensive book for developing complete technical and musical skills on the saxophone. This Volume One Berklee Workshop features innovative exercises, solos and performance tools that will help you learn melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation techniques for the saxophone. Covers general practice tips, all major scales and related modes, plus 210 exercises designed to enable students to perform any major scale, beginning on any scale degree.
Fitness for Brass
Playing a brass instrument is not only a musical activity; it can be compared to participating in a sport. This book enables advanced trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn players to achieve and retain optimum physical fitness by using exercises that concentrate on technique, use of the diaphragm, pedal tones and mouthpiece practice. Essential for all brass players!
Playing Jazz Piano
For an aspiring jazz instrumentalist, playing piano is one of the most important skills for developing a jazz vocabulary. Bob Mintzer is a renowned jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist, pianist, bandleader, educator and member of the group, the Yellowjackets. His new book is designed for the instrumentalist who is not an accomplished piano player but wants to acquire basic jazz piano skills and jazz vocabulary. The book includes etudes that make players aware of the sound, texture, cause, effect and function of jazz chords and harmony. The 22 piano etudes feature a variety of styles, tempos, chord progressions and a the book also includes a chord voicing glossary. Mintzer offers a practical guide with a realistic approach.
Pentatonic Scales for Jazz Improvisation
More than a pattern book, this lays out the theory behind the use of pentatonic scales in jazz, and follows with transcribed solos and exercises. Still a favorite after 14 years, this book has become a standard in the field.
12 Contemporary Jazz Etudes
12 Contemporary Jazz Etudes is written by the world-renowned jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist, bandleader, educator, and member of the Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer. Designed for the medium to advanced difficulty level, this book includes: 12 jazz etudes composed by Bob Mintzer in a variety of jazz styles, tempos, and time signatures; performance notes/tips for each etude to assist in interpretation and improvisation; play-along CD with a stellar rhythm section; and an opportunity to study and learn these skills: melodic composition, improvisation, sight reading, motivic development, call-and-response, and jazz concept. All books are compatible and written so they can be performed together.
A Tune a Day
(Music Sales America). These are the original editions of the ever-popular instruction books for various instruments by C. Paul Herfurth. The books are packed full of lessons, illustrations, fingering charts, daily practice records, test questions, and manuscript paper for homework. Perfect for use in group lessons, school classes, or for individual lessons.
The Magic Flute of James Galway
James Galway introduces ten pieces by various master composers including Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Rachmaninov. All tunes are arranged for solo flute with piano accompaniment, by Phillip Moll. Contents include: Allegro from Sonata No. 4 in C (J.S. Bach) * Carnival of Venice (Briccialdi) * Humoresque (Dvorak) * Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn) * Schon Rosmarin (Kreisler) * Tambourin (Gossec) * The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon (Handel) * Traumerei from Kinderscenen, Op. 15, No. 7 * Variations on a Theme (Rossini) * Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14 (Rachmaninoff).
Basic Chamber Music
Mel Bay Publications, Inc., in conjunction with Chanterelle presents the first of two volumes of short chamber music works for pupils of all ages in their first years of study. The music is mainly descriptive, idiomatic and easy, frequently using dramatic elements. The didactic aim is the practice of instrumental ensemble playing. At a personal level the music contains small musical and technical challenges, such as notes or passages in high positions, natural harmonics, and dynamic changes as well as basic articulation techniques, basic timbrical elements, and other colorful effects typical of contemporary music. All the works are constructed so that the first two guitars contain the essence of the music, while the third and fourth guitars add dimension and color to the ensemble. This means that each work can be played as a duo, trio, or quartet. The works are also perfectly adaptable for larger ensembles. Written in standard notation only.