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365 Ways of Practicing Major Scales in Thirds
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How many countless musicians have warmed up their instruments by mindlessly running through their major scales in thirds, working on muscle “memory” and not much else? Thirds have much more to teach us, and they deserve greater attention. A daily altered perspective on thirds, a constant reexamination from different angles, is certain to help in developing an understanding of the third as a melodic entity. 365 Ways of Practicing Major Scales in Thirds includes musically intriguing and engaging variations that develop and alter rhythm, articulation, direction, and more. The book progresses from familiar “eighth notes as triplets”….

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Patterns For Improvisation
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One of the world’s most popular patterns books, many jazz greats have fond memories of practicing from this book! An exhaustive collection of improvisational jazz patterns in various meters and feels. Comments and suggestions by the author, a legendary composer, arranger, conductor, and instrumentalist. This is a very popular book because it helps spell out some of the basic building blocks of the jazz language. Regarded by many jazz teachers as one of the essential texts for their students.
Lennie Niehaus Plays The Blues - C Edition (Book & CD Set)
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(Book + CD) Intermediate level. Hip, swinging solos in the swing/bop style as performed by the great Lennie Niehaus while performing with the VOLUME 42 Aebersold Play-A-Long recording. One complete solo for each of the 12 keys and 12 tracks. A great study in jazz sight reading, as well as a fun way to practice. Perfect for Learning your way around The Blues even in the tough keys! Students and teachers alike will enjoy playing these musical, lyrical jazz solos with or without the exhilarating accompaniment of the Vol. 42 Play-A-Long. The CD incudes complete performances of each solo by….

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Pentatonic Scales for Jazz Improvisation (The Ramon Ricker Jazz Improvisation)
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More than a pattern book, this 80-page spiral-bound book lays out the theory behind the use of pentatonic scales in jazz, and follows with 12 pages of transcribed solos and 40 pages of exercises. Still a favorite after 14 years, this book has become a standard in the field.