Walter Beasley: Hip Hop Improvisation (DVD)
Jazz is all about complicated bebop lines, right ? WRONG - learn to groove and have fun playing over funky bass n drum tracks with Walter Beasley's latest educational DVD, Hip Hop Improvisation.
This is the DVD produced for any saxophone player looking to use simple scales over repetitive bass lines and SOUND GOOD! The DVD starts off with the importance of being able sing parts within a groove, not just the melody and appreciating how they all come together. There's scale theory to get you working on the hippest sounds, plus plenty of demonstrations by Walter himself which are worth gettin' down too. The play along CD features the backing track for 'Ode to Dre' and printable .PDFs for Eb/Bb/C instruments of all the examples Walter plays.
Instructional DVD and play along CD, 48 minutes plus printable PDF files of the score for Bb, Eb and Concert instruments
Walter Beasley is an anomaly: a successful performing musician who possesses the rare skill of understanding the musical process beyond intuitive. This special ability enables Walter to communicate with aspiring musicians in a way that removes the sense of mystery that sometimes enshrouds our profession. - Branford Marsalis
About Walter Beasley
Since his debut album in 1987, Walter Beasley’s distinctive blend of R&B, soul music, hip-hop and jazz has earned him a strong following. His album “Go with the Flow” was voted Jazz Album of the Year at the Boston Music Awards 2003. A Berklee College graduate who went on to teach there, he has toured or recorded with many artists including Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Dexter Gordon, Bob James, Ronnie Laws, Everett Harp and Norman Brown.