The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing

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The only book specifically designed to help jazz players organize their woodshed time so that practicing becomes fun and productive. This is done by showing the reader how to take big problems and break them down into manageable tasks, each one of which is easy to accomplish. Covers basic theory, soloing, comping, ear training, rhythm practice, tune analysis and much more!

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In this landmark book, cutting-edge NY pianist and recording artist David Berkman shows you how to make practicing fun and productive by breaking problem areas into manageable tasks that you can easily master! Filled with practical ideas, as well as funny jazz anecdotes illustrating the ideas presented, The Jazz Musician's Guide To Creative Practicing covers many of the things you need in order to be a complete jazz musician, including: making scale and arpeggio practicing fun and relevant to playing tunes, how to easily add chromatic approach notes and upper structure triads to your solo lines, how to practice tunes effectively, how to swing better, and much more!

154 pages, plus a CD of David demonstrating many of the ideas presented.

About the Author:

David Berkman is a cutting-edge NY pianist and recording artist with 4 CDs under his own name and many more as a sideman. He is also a gifted writer with a great sense of humor to boot.

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