This series contains a collection of tunes that can be taught equally well in class or private lessons. Each unit contains a tune, written out solos, backgrounds, bass lines and parts for piano and percussion (or use the play-along CD). Beginning improvisation is developed through the use of preparatory pages and aural echoes on the CD. Improvisation is possible, but not required, for a successful performance.
Title: Jazz Philharmonic, Edited by Sabien, Randy and Phillips, Bob, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
This is the follow-up to the original Jazz Philharmonic Series. It gives students even more beginning through advanced jazz charts to expose them to the world of jazz. Each unit contains a tune, notated solos, backgrounds, bass lines, and parts for piano and percussion. The optional CD provides a professional accompaniment for solos or improvisation.
Title: Jazz Philharmonic Second Set (Book 2), By Sabien, R. and Phillips, B., Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Celebrated jazz player Arthur Lipner has devised a set of books that will be terrific for introducing players with a desire to improvise in a group to the basic musical requirements of the jazz arts. Covering a wide range of concepts, Lipner's books touch on ear training, chords and basic voicings, the groove and connecting chords with solo lines. The books contain: lead sheets to ten tunes, including two by Charlie Parker and one each by Mongo Santamaria and Ze Luis Olivera; a great play-along CD with a really smokin' band; graduated difficulty of charts and solos beginning with two tunes using one chord each; transciptions of nine Lipner solos for playing along with; discussion of the elements, chord details and solo ideas for each tune; a hip mix of styles including soca, funk, bossa, samba and swing.
Title: From Lead Sheets to Hip Solos, By Lipner, Arthur, Published by Carl Fischer
Latin-Jazz Songs for String Quartet: Besame Mucho and Song for My Father
Add the Afro-Cuban and Latin beats of Bésame Mucho and Song for My Father to your repertoire. When Consuelo Velasquez wrote Bésame Mucho ("kiss me a lot right now") before her 16th birthday, she had never been kissed. This popular song was written in 1940 and has been recorded by the Beatles, Nat "King" Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Jazz pianist Horace Silver wrote the jazz standard Song for My Father in 1964 in tribute to his father, a native of the Cape Verde Islands. Score and Parts.
St. Louis Blues and Some of These Days for String Quartet
The vibrant spirit of the legendary Quintet of the Hot Club of France, led by violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt, comes to life in two arrangements of swing-jazz classics for string quartet that also show the influence of jazz-violin greats Joe Venuti and Eddie South. Score and Parts.
Title: St. Louis Blues and Some of These Days for String Quartet, Edited by Jeremy Cohen, Published by Hal Leonard, Item number: 00331965
Everything is covered here. Starting with all the basics like octaves, hammer-ons and pull-offs. It then builds into the most advanced slap techniques including double and triple pops, flamenco thumb technique, and plucks. There are lessons in upright bass slap, as well as modal harmony studies. The grooves cover a wide range of styles that include jazz fusion, walking lines, fingerstyle conversion, pop/dance, funk/soul, bluegrass, Dixieland, etc. These lessons have something for almost any student; written in bass clef and tablature with CD.
Title: Getting Into Slap Bass, By Matheos, Chris, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 21273BCD
Finally, a method that teaches violinists how to improvise! Plug in and take your violin on a journey beyond the world of classical music with Mark Wood and Electrify Your Strings. With instruction right out of Mark's famous music education program, you'll learn about improvising solo and rhythm parts, modern string techniques, playing in a band, buying electric gear, and more! A CD is included with recorded examples plus jam tracks in different styles and previously unreleased material.
Title: Electrify Your Strings: Violin Instruction, By Wood, Mark, Published by Cherry Lane Music, Item number: 2500716
Doug Cameron's Alternative Styles series offers a unique look into solo jazz violin technique. In the introductory book, he offers tips on writing, arranging, recording, practicing, improvising, intonation, and much more. Volumes 1-3 contain original tunes and arrangements that encourage students to improvise using jazz and blues soloing techniques. Each book comes with a DVD of Doug performing each tune and offering performance advice. The set also includes a CD of accompaniments for each tune. Volumes 1-3 range in difficulty from Easier (Vol. 1) and Intermediate (Vol. 2) to Advanced (Vol. 3).