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Beginning/Intermediate. Easy to understand and inspiring for all musicians wishing to explore the secrets of jazz improv. CD includes blues in Bb and F, four dorian minor tracks, four-measure cadences, cycle of dominants, 24-measure song, II/V7 in all keys. Book includes transposed parts for all instruments. The CD includes Jamey playing exercises from the book. Hear the master clinician show you exactly how it’s done!

Rhythm Section: Jamey Aebersold (p); Rufus Reid (b); Jonathan Higgins (d) Includes: Scales/Chords, Developing Creativity, Improv Fundamentals, 12 Blues Scales, Bebop Scales, Pentatonic Scales, Time and Feel, Melodic Development, II/V7s, Related Scales and Modes, Practical Exercises, Patterns and Licks, Dominant 7th Tree of Scale Choices, Nomenclature, Chromaticism, Scale Syllabus, and more!

When I first heard ‘So What’ on the Kind of Blue record I didnt think anything was happening because I was used to hearing changes flying by and this seemed so tame by comparison. I quickly fell in love with Kind of Blue and of course we at IU started experimenting with modal tunes and trying to keep our place in those many 8 bar phrases that seemed at times to make me feel like I was in the middle of a desert and couldnt see for the life of me the beginning of the next 8 bar phrase. When I began teaching privately for the first time in Seymour, Indiana I had a girl flute student who really had a great sound. One day I asked her to improvise on a D- dorian scale and off she went. I could tell she was playing what she heard in her mind and I was so surprised. It really sounded natural. So, I asked other students to play on a dorian scale and they did fine. Thats how I got started teaching improv. I think others at the time were using the blues as a vehicle but the students I was working with knew nothing about the blues but they could keep their place in the 4 and 8 bar phrases so I went ahead later and used that modal approach on my Volume 1 play-a-long … and the rest is history.

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