The Lobster Theory: And Other Analogies for Jazz Improvisation

Foreword by Jeff Coffin. Through eighteen chapters, this educational book shares fresh, creative approaches to the following topics:• practicing "lifting weights"• ear training "the school bell" • harmonic awareness "ketchup on a brownie"• phrasing like a pro "the bus"• the importance of chord study "polishing the silver"• common tones "dual citizen notes"• Keeping your solos fresh and spontaneous "The Lobster Theory"• Hearing in harmonic context "Harmonic GPS"• Pacing your solo "The Waiter"• How to memorize major scales & key signatures "Alligators, Elephants & Clowns"• Using chord substitutions Harmonic Turn Signals• Infusing your notes with life and energy "The Bobber Theory"• Using taste to differentiate the sounds of chords "Apple Chords" - includes spellings for the 60 most common seventh chords• Two great ways to sequence a musical idea "The Snake"• Connecting with your listener "Tasting Harmony"• Organizing your musical furnishings "The Music House"• Scale note selection "The Kid and the Cupcake"• Transformative practice strategies "Running with the Pro Dogs"Notated musical examples, jazz etude excerpts, educational chord graphs and charts are featured throughout the book to further illustrate and teach the musical concepts.

It’s a book of musical concepts brought to life through the use of clever analogies, illustrated by New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Mick Stevens. The lobster theory is a groundbreaking new approach to learning the language of jazz.

Jazz Practice Ideas with Your Real Book: For Beginner & Intermediate Jazz Musicians Jazz & Improvisation Series Book 1

Thirty-six jazz practice ideas to get the most from your real book!studying jazz? you may know about the real book, the author of this book gives jazz musicians:•simple, rhythmic and metric tips, but what you probably don’t know is how much musical progress can be accomplished with only a single jazz fake book!don’t know what to practice? Don’t want to waste valuable time?Based on years of university-level teaching, and more…•Do you know why many young musicians fail? Why intermediate-level musicians get stuck?•Do you feel like the secrets of WHAT and HOW to practice jazz improvisation are out of your reach?•Do you want to really deepen your connection to the music you play?Sometimes jazz musicians want to get better, and rhythmic strategies on how to use their limited practicing time more efficiently•Easy-to-understand practice ideas for any jazz musician to apply over any real book tunes•A blueprint of improvisation tips to avoid the pitfalls of directionless practicingHere’s the beginner/intermediate jazz strategy list you’ve never seen before:Thirty-six actionable melodic ideas, harmonic ideas, and basic arranging and composition blueprints, focused melodic, harmonic, ear training exercises, but don’t always know how — even with the help of a teacher.

These thirty-six jazz practice ideas cover a wide range of modern jazz improvisation strategies, presented in clear topic chapters to provide the most effective results for beginner and intermediate players. You want to know what to practice? Start with any real book or fake book tune. Okay, now what? choose one or more of these 36 actionable practice ideas and make real progress with your musical abilities: improvisation and soloing, ear training, connecting harmony, and more.

For jazz piano, jazz guitar, jazz drums, jazz vibes, jazz trombone, jazz trumpet, jazz voice, jazz saxophone, jazz bass, and all other improvising instruments.

Three Quick Jazz Practice Tips: for all instruments Jazz & Improvisation Series Book 3

Get your copy now! Here's a quick-read book to change your practicing -- and your playing -- today.

First, Learn to Practice

This very basic text is a must have for all music makers who want to build their mental and physical attitudes toward great practice sessions. Dr. Whether you play in a concert hall or your own basement, First, and the most progress, Learn to Practice can show you how to get the most pleasure, out of your practice time.

Certainly part of the problem in learning how to play an instrument is the way an individual approaches practicing. For 16 years he was the director of programming for the National Music Foundation, where he developed and ran the American Music Education Initiative and the Berkshire Music Festival. But, how many “students” really know how to practice in the first place? The answers can be found in Tom Heany’s new book First, Learn to Practice.

It is structured in a way that the novice musician who is serious about learning to play can make substantial progress and enjoy the art of practicing while engaged in making music. Tom has also taught guitar, performed in the rockabilly band Real Gone, arranged the music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington for solo acoustic guitar and written dozens of songs.

He has created content for online courses in guitar instruction, bluegrass and country music, folk music, and advised the Boy Scouts of America on the requirements for the Music Merit Badge. It’s suitable for all musicians – professional, amateur, student or beginner. First learn to practice is a must for anyone who is serious about learning to play.

David smolover, founder of National Guitar Workshop and WorkshopLive.

Improvise for Real: The complete method for all instruments.

Already being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries, Improvise for Real is now considered by many people to be the definitive system for learning to improvise. Improvise for real is a step-by-step method that teaches you to improvise your own music through progressive exercises that anyone can do.

As you progress, the method leads you on a guided tour through the entire world of modern harmony. And you'll learn to express your own musical ideas exactly as you hear them in your mind. The method starts with very simple creative exercises that you can begin right away. There is no sight reading required, and you don't need to know anything about music theory to begin.

And you'll be jamming, enjoying yourself and creating your own music every step of the way. The method is open to all instruments and ability levels. You'll learn to understand the sounds in the music all around you. You will learn to understand the sounds in the music all around you and to improvise with confidence over jazz standards, blues songs, pop music or any other style you would like to play.

If you have always dreamed of truly understanding music and being able to improvise with complete freedom on your instrument, this is the book for you! The exercises are easy to understand and fun to practice. You will be improvising your own original melodies from the very first day, and your knowledge will expand with each practice session as you explore and discover our musical system for yourself.

The Practice of Practice: How to Boost Your Music Skills

It will also help you be a more informed teacher or a more effective parent of a young learner. Don’t practice longer, practice smarter. Talent means nothing when it comes to getting better. But exactly what is good practice? how does good practice create talent? And what in the world does a pinwheel have to do with practice? The focus of this book is music practice, but these techniques and mindsets can be applied to any skill you want to improve.

This book covers essential practice strategies and mindsets you won’t find in any other book. Drawn from in-depth interviews with world-class professional musicians across several genres of music, published research, and personal experience with practice. You’ll learn what research tells us about practice, but more importantly, you’ll learn how great musicians in many genres of music think about practice, and you’ll learn the strategies and techniques they use to improve.

Practice is everything. You’ll learn the what, who, when, Where, Why, and especially the How of great music practice. This book will help you get better faster, Bach, whether you play rock, or any other kind of music. Whatever instrument you want to play, The Practice of Practice will help you get the most out of your practice.

This book will help you become more savvy about getting better.

HOW TO Start to PLAY JAZZ & Improvise: in Five Easy Steps Jazz & Improvisation Series Book 2

How to start to play jazz & improvise: in five easy steps from the author of "Jazz Practice Ideas with Your Real Book"An approach for beginner and intermediate musicians of all instruments. How do i even start? that’s a question asked so many times by so many musicians about improvisation. In my playing, i have always wanted to break down the most essential concepts of jazz and improvisation for a while, and my ensemble coaching, my university teaching, both for myself and for new players.

This short book is a series of five easy steps that any musician new to jazz can use to get started as an improviser. Get your copy today! .

The Neo-Soul Guitar Book: A Complete Guide to Neo-Soul Guitar Style with Mark Lettieri Play Neo-Soul Guitar

After many years of study, neo-soul specialists Simon Pratt and Kristof Neyens pass on their knowledge in a clear concise manner that will methodically build and develop the essential techniques you need to nail this style. Here’s what you get:a step-by-step neo-soul guitar guide that starts simple and adds layers of complexitydozens of exercises focusing on developing essential techniquesComplete and exclusive Neo-Soul guitar pieces to learnCreative, ground-breaking ideas to develop your guitar playing in new directions40 beautifully conceived licks and chordal ideas to add to your vocabularyPerfectly notated examples with tab and studio-quality audio you can download for FREEHear it!The Neo-Soul Guitar Book comes with over 140 supporting audio examples you can download for free, so you can hear exactly how each one should sound, plus several online videos demonstrating the performance pieces.

Buy it now and master the sound of contemporary Neo-Soul! The complete guide to the art of neo-soul guitar style and technique, featuring Mark LettieriAre you struggling to unravel the intricate guitar parts of Neo-Soul guitar? The Neo-Soul Guitar Book is a one-stop shop for the multi-faceted style of Neo-Soul guitar playing.

It captures the sound of modern guitar technique – a fusion of the best parts of many different styles with a modern edge. Neo-soul guitar sounds impressive, but it’s not unattainable. In recent times neo-soul has emerged as a driving force in modern music, with notable players such as Mark Lettieri three-time Grammy award winner and Tom Misch reinventing Neo-Soul guitar for new audiences.

Neo-soul is a mash up of rnb, Gospel and Funk, Soul, and is a wide-ranging discipline. But authors simon pratt and kristof Neyens have you covered – addressing every technique you need to become a top class Neo-Soul guitar player.

The Jazz Theory Book

A required text in universities world-wide, endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, translated into five languages, etc. The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published! over 500 pages of comprehensive, chord/scale relationships, reharmonization, the blues, scale theory, but easy to understand text covering every aspect of how jazz is constructed-chord construction, II-V-I progressions, and much more.


Jazz Scales Workbook: A Roadmap for Beginners Jazz Language Workbooks

If you have problems classifying and memorizing the different jazz scales and how to use them, you´ll find in this book a step by step roadmap to organize, learn and play all the scales used in the jazz idiom. This workbook has exercises to practice the scales used in jazz improvisation and incorporate them to your practice routine.

The book follows the model of the rest of the workbooks of the series: building melodic lines starting with melodic patterns, combine them with syncopated rhythmic patterns and articulations and add the most important element: swing. This workbook includes models and templates to write, correct yourself, and improve memorization.

The exercises included in the workbook can be played over play alongs and the contents are related to the rest of the Jazz Language Workbooks series. What you will find in this book:154 pages. 50 exercises. 55 models and templates. Pentatonic, blues and bebop scales. Scale options over the major and minor II-V-I progressions, blues and rhythm changes.

If you want to improvise your own melodic lines with the authentic jazz sound, download now the Jazz Scales Workbook and complete the Jazz Language Workbooks series.

Jazz Harmony Workbook: 100 exercises with solutions for beginners Jazz Language Workbooks

Jazz harmony Workbook100 exercises with solutions for beginners. The jazz harmony workbook includes in its 290 pages 100 exercises. Each one consists of a model and a template to write down the exercise in all twelve keys and check the solutions. Included in the workbook are the different chord families, harmonic progressions and scales used in the jazz idiom and detailed analyses of different jazz standards.

It is a valuable support for students who want to learn the basics and continue improving the knowledge of jazz harmony up to an advanced level. Here's what you'll find in this book:100 exercises: 200 models and templates. 6 chord families. 16 exercises with different chord types. 11 usual harmonic progressions.

5 major and minor II-V-I progressions. 26 jazz scales used in the jazz language. Blues and bebop scales. 4 in-depth analyses of jazz standards. Common harmonic patterns. Jazz forms. Scroll up and download the Jazz Harmony Workbook to start learning today.