Most people consider improvisation to be an essential element of Jazz, and musicians occasionally use the word “Jazz” as a synonym for improvisation. To improvise is to compose and perform simultaneously. A great deal of improvised music is spontaneous, unrehearsed, not written down beforehand. This particular book will contain exercises that have been written and formalized to determine the degrees of the scales, 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
We will study carefully the subdivision of every scale according to two tetrachords. The first one is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the second is 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. We will also play arpeggios of all kinds to extend the scale to its maximum degree.
This book will explain to the student how to start a phrase of improvisation from any starting point of the scale (major, dominant, minor, diminished, etc.)
Any individual or class using this book should listen to as much jazz, recorded and live, as possible. Good luck, and remember, “JAZZ. IS ALIVE!”
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