Straight Ahead Jazz For Banjo
Starting with basic intervals, "Straight Ahead Jazz For Banjo" shows the structure of all basic chord types and qualities and matches these to the scales that generate them. The book's basic concept model is to treat the five-string banjo's potential in an inclusive technical context so that the student can make use of open and fifth strings to create a smooth legato style.
Each of the 90+ exercises are recorded with a metronome and progress to 16 additional examples of original jazz phrases in a variety of keys. Topics include functional major and minor key harmony, diminished and augmented scales and how they are used, and the integration of altered scale substitutes in the art of jazz improvisation. It stresses listening and learning in a logical structured manner with an example of a daily practice plan.
The unique emphasis of the book is on the fingerings which make the instrument work for you technically and thus open up added possibilities for the development of a student's personal style. This long-awaited volume will surely bring new focus and perspective to any banjo style and will be a classic reference for many new generations of banjoists.
Most comprehensive and original information for a jazz foundation for five-string banjoists. The book begins with basic intervals and fretboard distances and progresses to advanced applied harmonic concepts. Even if you do not aspire to jazz improvisation, "Straight Ahead Jazz For Banjo" will give you a new persepctive on any style you now play.
Written in Tablature and Standard Music Notation
Most of the scale studies and exercises are written in straight eighth notes which will aid in learning standard notation. This helps develop sight-reading skills for standard notation.
A suggested ten day practice plan helps you to get started and organize your daily practice.
All exercises come with a recorded CD to feed and train your ears.
The key to learning improvisation is developing musical hearing or "audiation." By listening to an excercise repeatedly and learing it by ear, the process of transferring the sound to your fingers becomes easier.
$20 + $2.95 S&H
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