David Berkman: The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing

David Berkman: The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing

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The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing is a landmark book, written by cutting-edge NY pianist and recording artist Berkman. Here at last you can learn from a pro who can show you how to make practice interesting and enjoyable by breaking problems into small manageable tasks that you can easily master!

Filled with hundreds of practical things to work on, along with funny jazz anecdotes illustrating the ideas presented, you need this book if you've ever wondered about:

* Basic jazz theory (clearly explained)
* How to make scale and arpeggio practising fun and relevant to playing tunes
* How to effectively add chromatic approach notes and upper structure triads to your solo lines
* How to practise tunes like 'Body and Soul', 'Giant Steps' or rhythm changes and get better at the whole tune by mastering individual aspects of it
* How to improve your ability to swing, to play in odd meters and to play with different rhythmic feels
* How to play fast without losing your ability to make the notes sing...
... and much more!

Hear David demonstrating many of the ideas in the book on the accompanying CD. Recommended to all musicians, not just pianists.

Listen to two of the tracks from the accompanying CD:


Bk/CD, 154 pages

Well-organised, fun to read, and bursting with things to do and ponder. It definitely got my wheels turning and ideas flowing! - Bob Mintzer

A very handy toolkit, stuffed with lots of interesting stories and good, practical information. I like it! - Richie Beirach

This book rings a bell for me - some great suggestions on how to enjoy learning to improvise - Lee Konitz