Jazz Philharmonic is a series of original jazz compositions offered in a carefully constructed pedagogical order. All of the tunes, backgrounds and solos are self-contained performance vehicles. Absolutely no improvisation is necessary for the successful use of this book! Development of some skill with improvisation will be a natural result of its use. The accompanying Compact Disc creates a great avenue for beginning improvisation as well as playing some great jazz tunes.
Well-known classical pieces played in a different way: in new arrangements with jazz and pop elements - this is how favorite themes from Bach to Beethoven sound fresh and interesting again! For all lovers of "crossover" between classical, jazz and pop music with written improvisations as well as chord symbols for your own improvisations. All pieces are clearly structured: short intro, theme in an easy arrangement, theme in a jazzy arrangement or as improvisation, coda. Band playbacks recorded live on the CD guarantee the right atmosphere: feel as if you are performing with a band or an orchestra! All the piano accompaniments are available as PDF files on the CD and can be printed out as top quality parts.
Jazz Fiddle Wizard Jr. is designed for beginning to intermediate middle and high school violinists in the tradition of the parent method, Jazz Fiddle Wizard--a break-through approach for string players who want to learn to improvise within the jazz style. No step is left out in this sequentially arranged introduction to the role of rhythm, call and response, articulation, scales, and chord changes in jazz improvisation. The exercises are turned into catchy tunes arranged to work in any configuration of string groups. That is, three-part arrangements for each tune may be played with any number of like instruments or in conjunction with Jazz Viola Wizard Jr. and Jazz Cello Wizard Jr. books. Suitable as a self-instruction book or for use in private and/or group string instruction, Jazz Fiddle Wizard Jr. contains piano accompaniment parts as well as audio that provides a full rhythm section accompaniment for every exercise and tune. The appropriate tone and style are modeled by the author's performances of more than 50 sample exercises and improvised solos. Includes access to online audio.
Eight great flexible arrangements in four parts playable by any number of instruments. The Take the Lead series provides all players with well-known songs and tunes as quartets. Parts have been arranged to ensure that playing any one of them is interesting and musically satisfying and the professionally recorded backing CD provides a complete demonstration performance as well as an authentic accompaniment.