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Recommended Jazz Methods

Recommended Jazz Methods

Some of the most interesting Jazz Methods: for piano, drums, bass, vocalist, guitarists... Recomended by me or by my fellow musicians. Enjoy!

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Vocal Improvisation - Michele Weir

Vocal Improvisation - Michele Weir

Vocal Improvisation is designed for individual jazz singers, classroom students, and teachers of vocal jazz. The exercises are appropriate for all levels of experience and can also be useful to instrumentalists for developing jazz articulation and learning to better connect what they hear to what they play. The chapters on jazz theory and keyboard, as well as the glossary and selected solos for transcribing section make this publication an excellent resource of information for any jazz musician.

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Jazz Theory Book -  Mark Levine

Jazz Theory Book - Mark Levine

Endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, and others, The Jazz Theory Book presents all the information any student of jazz needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced players, and written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz, it is used by universities around the world. Very comprehensive material and present extremely well and progressively. I have bought a number of different books on this topic and this is one of the best.

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Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene

Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene

Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry was originally published in 1971 and has become the classic chord reference book for two generations of guitarists. Whether you are just beginning to search beyond basic barre chords or are already an advanced player looking for new sounds and ideas this is the book that will get you there. Designed to inspire creativity this book is a musical treasure chest filled with exciting new ideas and sounds.

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Jazz Singers Handbook - Michele Weir

Jazz Singers Handbook - Michele Weir

The Jazz Singer's Handbook provides an inspiring and practical window of insight into the world of professional jazz singing. Drawing upon an impressive career as an arranger, teacher, singer, pianist, and clinician, Michele Weir (faculty, UCLA) has distilled her experiences and observations into two handbook sections: the artistry and the mastery of singing jazz. Also included is a jazz chord library, a professional resource guide, a review of music fundamentals, and an index of terms and symbols.

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The Jazz Piano Book

The Jazz Piano Book

Endorsed by Kenny Barron, Jamey Aebersold, Richie Beirach, and more, this book presents all the information a student of jazz piano needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced pianists, written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz piano playing. I tandem with Levine's "Jazz Theory" book, this massive tome is a perfect Bible for beginner-to-intermediate jazz pianists. It gets you from theory to polychords, builds off of voicings and stylings by artists like Mulgrew Miller, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Keith Jarrett and more, and approaches everything in bite-sized chunks that you can practice and build off of.

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Ray Brown's Bass Method

Ray Brown's Bass Method

(Bass Instruction). Legendary jazz bassist Ray Brown reveals his lessons and teaching philosophy in this in-depth book. Includes: solo exercises and arpeggios; music fundamentals; right- and left-hand positions; scales; chords; exercises in tenths; rhythm patterns with "drops"; diminished chords; runs and variations; blues patterns; extension scales; and much more.

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Martin Taylor Beyond Chord Melody

Martin Taylor Beyond Chord Melody

Beyond Chord Melody Jazz Guitar. Do you struggle to create beautiful chord melody guitar arrangements? Do you want to find your own unique jazz guitar voice? Do you want to improvise spontaneous chord melody guitar solos? Beyond Chord Melody with Martin Taylor MBE condenses over 40 years of playing expertise and insight into this beautiful jazz guitar book. Learn from the internationally acclaimed master of jazz chord melody guitar as he guides you through his 7-step method to creating your own guitar arrangements. As a special bonus, 2 specially commissioned online videos are included, with Martin Taylor illustrating key techniques.

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Ron Carter: Building Jazz Bass Lines

Ron Carter: Building Jazz Bass Lines

In this book/online audio access pack, bass legend Ron Carter illustrates step by step the basic concepts of creating bass lines; constructing lines using non-harmonic tones and diverse rhythms; playing in fast tempos; and developing tone and pitch. Includes online audio access using the unique code printed in the book with an all-star rhythm section and isolated bass parts, so players can listen to Ron play the sample written lines, practice them with the audio tracks, then create their own lines with the guitar, piano and drums backing them up.

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Jazz Guitar, Complete Edition

Jazz Guitar, Complete Edition

Anyone with a basic knowledge of guitar chords and scale fingerings can pick up this well-paced, comprehensive method and get started playing jazz right away. Beginning concepts include major scales, basic triad theory, extended chords, and modes. Intermediate topics include the ii-V-I progression, creating solo lines, altered chord formulas, and comping in different jazz feels such as Latin, swing, ballad, and funk. You will master the art of playing harmony, melody, rhythm, and bass parts of a song simultaneously, making your guitar the ultimate jazz solo instrument. This book concludes with advanced techniques for improvisation. Whether you are serious about starting to learn jazz guitar or an advanced player looking to improve your playing, this is the only book you will ever need. Access to online audio demonstrating the examples and for playing along is included.

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Hal Leonard Real Book

Hal Leonard Real Book

(Fake Book). A unique, comprehensive collection of jazz material in a wide range of styles, with no song duplication from The Ultimate Jazz Fake Book. Includes: Over 500 songs in all jazz styles, including standards, bebop, Latin, fusion, etc. A great deal of original material associated with major artists. Hard-to-find modern jazz repertoire. Songs which have never before appeared in print. Lyrics for all selections. Easy-to-read music typography. A songwriter index for reference Selections represent a diverse list of major jazz artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, Dave Brubeck, Billy Childs, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, AL DiMeola, Billy Eckstine, Duke Ellington, Peter Erskine, Kevin Eubanks, Bill Evans...

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The Jazz Standards

The Jazz Standards

The Jazz Standards, a comprehensive guide to the most important jazz compositions, is a unique resource, a browser's companion, and an invaluable introduction to the art form. This essential book for music lovers tells the story of more than 250 key jazz songs, and includes a listening guide to more than 2,000 recordings. Many books recommend jazz CDs or discuss musicians and styles, but this is the first to tell the story of the songs themselves. The fan who wants to know more about a jazz song heard at the club or on the radio will find this book indispensable. Musicians who play these songs night after night now have a handy guide, outlining their history and significance and telling how they have been performed by different generations of jazz artists. Students learning about jazz standards now have a complete reference work for all of these cornerstones of the repertoire.

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Thelonious Monk Fake Book

Thelonious Monk Fake Book

This is a well put together compendium of Monk tunes, carefully transcribed and explained. As a tenorman I originally bought the Bb book but the C book has some harmony parts which are worth studying. If you want to get some Monk tunes under your belt, this is a great resource, much more reliable than RealBook transcriptions. The music of Thelonious Monk is among the most requested of any jazz composer, but accurate lead sheets and sources have never been widely available until now. This folio has 70 of the master composer/pianist's most familiar pieces, as well as a number of obscure and unrecorded tunes, in easy-to-read versions. Includes counterlines and ensemble parts for many pieces, as well as bass-lines and piano voicings where applicable. Also includes a biography, a glossary, and a definitive discography of the compositions in the book.

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Oscar Peterson - Jazz Exercises

Oscar Peterson - Jazz Exercises

(Keyboard Instruction). Legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has long been devoted to the education of piano students. In this book he offers dozens of pieces designed to empower the student, whether novice or classically trained, with the technique needed to become an accomplished jazz pianist. The exercises start out simply and progresse to more difficult exercises. I would recommend this book to any person trying to become acquainted with the marvelous way that Oscar Peterson played Jazz. Intermediate to entering Advance piano levels will enjoy this book and learn a bit of Oscar's inside music improv.

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