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Creative Beginnings: An Introduction to Jazz Improvisation

Creative Beginnings: An Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Author: Scott D. Reeves
ISBN 13: 9780133454635
ISBN 10: 133454630
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication Date: 1996-12-12
Format: Spiral-bound
Pages: 310
List Price: $87.20

Designed for beginning and intermediate students of jazz improvisation, Creative Beginnings is a comprehensive and enjoyable course of study for high school and college students, as well as adult beginners. Special features include:. Chapters devoted to specific chord progressions and scales frequently encountered in jazz improvisations. Each chapter contains an explanation of jazz theory that assumes little prior knowledge, warm-up exercises to enable the student to gain facility with these scales, and a jazz composition in which to practice improvisation. All warm-up exercises and compositions are transposed for treble-clef, B-flat, E-flat, and bass-clef instruments, allowing for simultaneous usage in a classroom or jazz ensemble setting, as well as for private instruction. Rhythm section parts are provided for all compositions.

The book can be purchased as a paperback, or a paperback and CD combination. The accompaniments to the warm-up exercises and compositions are contained on a companion CD play-along recording, making practice a fun and inspirational experience. Additional chapters include "Whom to Listen To," "How to Practice and Improvise," "Jazz Rhythms," "Basic Music Theory," and "Jazz Theory."