A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation: Guitar Edition (eBook+Online Audio)
20827BCDEB
The non-jazz improvisation series is a concept that germinated in Dick Weissman's mind while he was attending music school. He wrote a 15-piece arrangement of the old square dance tune, Cripple Creek, and wanted the trombone to take a solo as part of the arrangement. When the trombonist kept playing a bebop solo that was totally unsuitable for the chart, Dick realized that - in addition to the many musicians who do not improvise - there are even jazz musicians who don't know how to improvise outside the lim ...more
Product Number:
20827BCDEB
Format:
eBook+Online Audio
Skill Level:
Beginning-Intermediate
Pages:
136
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6106-5240-1
ISBN13:
978-16106-5240-7
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
12/29/2010
The non-jazz improvisation series is a concept that germinated in Dick Weissman's mind while he was attending music school. He wrote a 15-piece arrangement of the old square dance tune, Cripple Creek, and wanted the trombone to take a solo as part of the arrangement. When the trombonist kept playing a bebop solo that was totally unsuitable for the chart, Dick realized that - in addition to the many musicians who do not improvise - there are even jazz musicians who don't know how to improvise outside the limits of their own stylistic backgrounds.

Fingerstyle and flatpicking techniques demonstrate the use of the guitar as an incredibly versatile instrument that holds its own in a variety of musical genres. Various guitar tunings are included. All examples are written out in traditional and tablature notation.
Part One: Basic Techniques of Improvisation
Chordal Improvising
Moving to Different Chord Positions
Adding Notes to the Melody: Passing Tones
Upper and Lower Neighbor Notes
First Improvisation: Expanding on a Simple Melodic Figure
Finale
Rhythmic Improvisation
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Sourwood Mountain

Modes, Scales, and a Mild Dose of Music Theory
The Seven Modes as Fingerboard Diagrams
Ionian Improv
Dorian Mode
Phrygian Mode
Lydian Mode
Mixolydian Mode (Old Joe Clark)
Aeolian Mode
Locrian Mode
Mixed Modes
Modes Starting on Other Notes
Minor Scales: Natural Minor
The Harmonic Minor Scale
Hava Nagila
The Melodic Minor Scale
Podmoskovnya Vyechera

Part Two: Tunes and Styles

Country and Western Music
A Walk in the Country
Country Folk Styles
Railroad Bill
Bluegrass Guitar
The Eighth of January
Little Maggie
Irish Music
The Irish Washerwoman
Rhythm Guitar Improvisation
Strumming
Rakes of Mallow
Folk Guitar
Wildwood Flower
Waltzes, 3/4 time
Waltzing at the River
Rock and Roll
Fifties Rock: Improvising from Chord Progression
I VI II V Chord Progression
Back to the Fifties
Country and Folk Rock
Nevada Motels
The Blues
Boogie Blues
Blues Guitar, Slide Guitar, and the G Tuning
Open Tunings: Open G Tuning
Slidin' Home
Ragtime
Raggedy Rag
Risin' River Rag
Odd Meters
Five Times Four
Odd Meter Rhythm Guitar
The Other Béla
Cajun Music
Pardon My French
Gospel
Sunday Sermon
Spanish and Latin-American Music
Spanish Ears
Latin-American Rhythm Guitar
Bossa Nova
Brazen Bossa
Bossa Nova Rhythm Patterns
New Age Guitar
Aging Rapidly
The Open D Tuning
Chords in the Open D Tuning
Sammy's Waltz
Jazz Waltz Rhythm Guitar
Other Tunings
Bunessan
Improvising Using Exotic Scales
Whole Tone Scale
Klezmer Music: Scales Used in Klezmer Music
Composing Your Own Music: Developing an original style
Recommended Books and Recordings
About the Authors

 
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