‘Jazz Beginnings’ is the Ideal Introduction to Jazz
The series can be used by anyone with a basic knowledge of music
and a basic instrumental technique.
This complete learning programme and is divided into three parts.
PART 1 – Jazz Rhythms
This first section deals with the reading and playing of jazz rhythms and gives clear examples of the
difference between how jazz looks on manuscript and how jazz sounds. Using the Blues scale, the
player then applies the rhythms to the 12 bar blues and is launched into jazz improvisation.
PART 2 – Jazz Harmony
This section describes the four main seventh chords, their construction and the way they are connected
through guide tones. A few jazz and baroque ‘licks’ are mixed together to show that the building
blocks of classical and jazz composers are exactly the same.
PART 3 – Chord Sequence
This third section consists of eight chord sequences in graded steps: three 12 bar blues, three ‘I Got Rhythm’
chord changes and two original compositions, completing a unique package.
This learning programme is aimed at showing you how to play jazz.
In order to achieve this you need three requirements:
(1) a reasonable instrumental technique
(2) a basic knowledge of music theory
(3) one set of ears separated by an enquiring mind
If you have been studying music for a few years, you should have Nos. 1 and 2 but the third is by
far the most important quality for playing jazz. Even if you feel that you may lack a natural skill for
improvisation, skill can be developed with practice. This programme sets out to stimulate the parts
of your brain which have yet to see action in improvised music.
Our end product then, is to produce a ‘chorus’ (ie an improvisation over a chord sequence) which
‘swings’. To create this instant melody you must first of all be secure in jazz rhythm and harmony.
Enjoy the Jazz Beginnings Series!
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