Dan Greenblatt: The Blues Scales: Essential Tools For Jazz Improvisation (Bb)

Dan Greenblatt: The Blues Scales: Essential Tools For Jazz Improvisation (Bb)

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(For all levels)

Almost every jazz musician from every era uses the Blues Scales. This ground-breaking Book/CD package from Sher Music Co shows you (or your students) how to use both the Major and Minor Blues Scales to improvise meaningful solos - without having first to master all the scales and chords of a tune. The Blues Scales will help you whatever your level. Essential for beginners and perfect for intermediate students, it is also useful for professional players to hone their skills on this crucial - and often neglected - part of the jazz language.

Dan Greenblatt identifies the two basic Blues Scales used in jazz - major and minor - and gives step-by-step exercises to enable beginner students quickly to solo, using these two basic Blues Scales. He shows how to transpose the ideas learned into other keys and how to practice with the Blues Scales. An extensive directory of classic Major and Minor Blues Scale phrases helps the student to establish a basic vocabulary.

Progresses to more sophisticated uses of the Blues Scales, he shows how to add notes to both the major and minor Blues Scales to make them even more useful, and how to use the Blues Scales in modal situations and over the chord changes of standards. In an Appendix designed for advanced players, the author shows how the masters of jazz use the Blues Scales in their own playing - in blues and non-blues contexts.

Phrases transcribed from the recordings of great jazz artists illustrate how the Blues Scales are actually used in various styles of jazz. These artists include Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Harry Sweets Edison, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Paul Desmond, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Dave Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Pettiford, Jaco Pastorius, and many more.

Several lead sheets show the use of the Blues Scales in compositions, including Doxy, Sister Sadie, Sandu, Groove Merchant, Juicy Luicy.

The CD by author Dan Greenblatt and his quartet of swinging, New York jazz musicians demonstrates each exercise and gives numerous play-along tracks to practice with.

What the masters say about this book:
"An excellent addition to the growing number of books and CDs dedicated to mastering the art of jazz improvisation. Useful to beginners as well as advanced players, The Blues Scales admirably addresses the vocabulary of the blues---the 'root of jazz.' "
Michael Brecker - saxophonist

"To actually play the blues, you have to know what's in the blues. Dan has done a marvelous job of dissecting the blues and then bringing all the pieces back together so you can make beautiful music. This book will help those who want to have fun playing the blues."
Jamey Aebersold - one of the world's foremost jazz educators

"Dan has done a great job with this book! A good method for teaching blues and jazz improvising to beginning students has been much needed. It has been a long time coming, but finally that need has been filled."
Junior Mance - pianist with Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, Dinah Washington, etc.

"Finally a conscientious educator has created a method which focuses on blues scales. It's sure to enhance the aspiring improviser's vocabulary, as well as expand their ideas for composing. Dan Greenblatt's style of conveying this information is crystal clear, and this will help the aspiring student to become a far more impressive improviser. Don't miss this book if you wish to strengthen your musical articulation."
Reggie Workman - bassist with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Wayne Shorter, Max Roach, etc.

Book/CD, 88 pages, Bb edition.