The Sequel suggests simple, practical and enjoyable ways of conceiving musical ideas and mental sound pictures. The most efficient way is to develop listening skills. This process blends your knowledge of music theory with your ability to listen carefully to recordings. Denis offers step-by-step instructions for transcribing recorded solos, encouraging you to weave some of those ideas into your own playing. And when you do, it feels as if it won't be long before you can really say "I dig it!". |
Becoming tight friends with a variety of patterns, licks and phrases is yet another strategy for building improvisation confidence. A wise investment counselor, Denis advises how to invest in various types of tunes to gain special dividends in learning improvisatory skills. His guidance supplies the tools you need to combine your knowledge of scales, chords, patterns and licks with some instant composing to conjure new ideas and images.
Clearly, it is the dynamic combo of Denis DiBlasio's personal, fun-loving, encouraging style and the witty, relevant illustrations of Steve Wiest which gives this book its tenacious power to grab the user's interest. The Sequel, with its direct focus on "Conception And Ear Training For Beginning Improvisation", is an inviting, lively, very entertaining and truly irresistable primer in jazz education .
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: TRANSCRIBING, BORROWING, & STEALING FROM RECORDINGS
CHAPTER 2: EAR DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER 3: PATTERNS CHAPTER 4: TUNES
CHAPTER 5: HOW TO LEARN TUNES CHAPTER 6: EPILOGUE
CHAPTER 7: HIP BOOKS TO HANG OUT WITH
(TO LEARN & STEAL FROM)
CHAPTER 8: A LIST 0' PLAYERS
THE AUTHOR and THE ILLUSTRATOR