Ali Ryerson: Jazz Flute Practice Method
From a brilliant flutist comes this wonderful book that is a must for everyone, no matter what your level of musicianship. Not only is it informative but it contains some very slick things. I am grateful for her contributions to the flute world. Get this book!!! - James Moody
This is a daily practice method for both aspiring and experienced jazz flutists. To better understand the process of jazz improvisation, the basics of jazz theory are explained and illustrated. The corresponding exercises following each lesson will help to develop the technical and musical reflexes necessary for jazz improvisation.
Click this button on the viewer, below on the right.
The exercises progress by topic rather than by level (easy to difficult). Therefore, depending on one's experience with intervals, theory, chord progressions, etc., it is up to the individual whether or not to play the exercises sequentially.
Clear enough for the beginning jazz flutist, and a great compilation of facility exercises for the more advanced player. And finally, copy that is legible! -Holly Hofmann
The goal of the exercises is threefold: to train the ears, the mind and the fingers for jazz improvisation. Not designed as a source book of jazz patterns to be memorized and played over a set of changes, the exercises are intended to develop a sense of fluency with intervals, chords, scales and common chord progressions, while absorbing the jazz vocabulary.
If I were an aspiring jazz flute player, this is the first book I would buy - Mark Levine, author of The Jazz Theory Book and The Jazz Piano Book.
Method books abound for the classical player, filled with scales, arpeggios and exercises designed for that genre and its repertoire. This jazz practice method focuses on jazz scales, chords (arpeggios) and patterns designed to strengthen jazz improvisational skills.
Book, 160 pages
Ali Ryerson is a flautist with a background in both classical and jazz, as well as being an instructor. She has performed and toured worldwide with a wide range of artists including Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Frank Wess, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Haynes, and (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Symphony) with Luciano Pavarotti. She has also released numerous albums under her own name, as well as duo recordings with noted guitarist Joe Beck.
Ali has toured the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Africa, and has performed in many major jazz festivals, including the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, Guinness Festival in Scotland, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and Carnegie Hall.