How To Improvise

by Hal Crook

(1991) Hal Leonard #3-892210314

Description One of the "bibles" for learning both the basic and more advanced concepts of jazz improvisation, and how to practice them...
Posted By Christopher Sung (9641)
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On 8/4/2000, Jim Kangas (1957) posted:
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If you've gotten past a lot of the "what are all these scales and what do I do with them" stage, you will undoubtedly reach a point as I did where I said, "okay - so now what?". Scales and arpeggios will get you a long way, but there's a lot more to music, and specifically "melody" besides scales. This book is probably the best I've seen on getting a handle on what that "stuff" consists of. Lots of examples (the CD's are quite good, although they're done on piano) and ideas here to keep you going for a long time. I'm not positive, but I think they use this as one of the basic texts as Berklee. I would highly recommend this book.
On 4/22/2000, Christopher Sung (9641) posted:
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This book is an in-depth exploration of a variety of concepts that make up jazz improvisation. Hal jumps right right in with tons 'o examples about the elements that help you create your own great jazz lines. This book is not geared toward guitarists, but to musicians in general (Hal is a trombone player, and one of the most respected teachers at Berklee).

Beginners will not get much out of this book, but for the aspiring jazz player, this is a wealth of material for creating single-note lines and approaching soloing in general. It covers pacing, melody, guide-tone lines, dynamics, articulation, developing a motive, phrasing, all kinds of scales, and the use of triads. More importantly, it presents each concept with a practice regimen to help you learn and absorb it into your own playing.

Simply a must for anyone looking to get a grip on how to solo in the jazz genre and perhaps a bit more digestible than some other books of this type, like Mick Goodrick's Advancing Guitarist
Suitable for intermediate guitarists