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A Guide to Jazz Improvisation (C Instruments)
Includes CD

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Difficulty guide: 3-6
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Bb Pentatonic Scale
  • Legato-Staccato
  • Study in Legato-Staccato
  • Swinging Eighth Notes
  • Five Note Scale Exercises
  • Jazz Staccato Quarter Notes
  • Jazz Staccato Study
  • Lester Young Half Notes Study
  • Mixed Articulation Study
  • Blues Notes
  • Blues Notes Studies
  • Evolving Rhythms
  • F Pentatonic Scale and Blues Notes
  • Smear
  • Five Tone Study in F
  • Use of Blues Notes
  • Evolving Rhythms & Melodies
  • Accents on Strong and Weak Beats
  • Rhythm Displacement (Anticipation)
  • Eb Pentatonic Scale and Blues Notes
  • Eb Pentatonic Study
  • Eb Blues Study
  • Combined Accents
  • Melodic Extension
  • Varied Accents

and much, much more.............

taken from the back of the book:

This method includes:

  • Jazz theory with practical explanations and applications of the jazz language
  • Rhythm training with interactive call and response exercises on CD
  • Performance ear training with play-along and improvisation exercises on CD
  • Opportunities to improvise with a Berklee Jazz faculty band on CD

'John LaPorta is a legend in the jazz community. A teacher of jazz improvisation for more than fifty years, his unique, straight-forward, and simple approach has become the standard by which other jazz improvisation methods are measured. This method will help you to develop a natural and intuitive approach to improvising. A Guide to Jazz Improvisation is an invaluable touchstone for every aspiring jazz musician. A long and impressive list of famous and successful musicians have learned to develop their own unique style based on LaPorta's approach.'

Item Details

Category: Flute Jazz Studies and Improvisation
Publisher: Berklee Press
Publisher's reference: HL50449439
Our Stock Code: 1025255
Media Type: Paperback; includes accompaniment CD