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Selected Jazz Improvisation Books:

Thinking in Jazz
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The Infinite Art of Improvisation by Paul F. Berliner
Jazz Improv
Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It
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Jazz Improv
Improvising Jazz
by Jerry Coker
Jazz Piano & Harmony : An Advanced Guide (w/CD) by John M. Ferrara
Tonal and Rhythmic Principles : Jazz Improvisation by John Mehegan
Jazz Rhythm and the Improvised Line Jazz Improvisation by John Mehegan
Thinking in Jazz
Vol. 3, The II/V7/I Progression: A New Approach To Jazz Improvisation (Book & CD Set)
Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Series
A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation by Jamey Aebersold (Audio CD)
Jazz Improvisation by David Baker
Modern Jazz Piano : A Study in Harmony by Brian Waite

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In Sax on the Web Jazz saxophone Series:

Bebop Idea Moving Through Major 7th Chord

by Tim Price

Tim Price

This major seventh chord bebop line carries harmonic interest and a nice intervalic shape.

Listen to the line as you play it. Study the intervals, shape, and harmony of it. Then start to write some of your own major seventh lines based on mine.

Start with the part of the study at letter [A]. Try all tempos and use some phrasing you like.

Try all tempos and use some phrasing you like.

At letter [B] we employ the full range of the saxophone. You must get out your fingering charts and isolate the hard parts of the line until you get this. Hard work will pay off! The only way to play "off the horn" is to study it and put it to use on an idea like this. Take your time.

~Tim Price

BeBop Major 7th
BeBop Major 7th

Tim Price is a Selmer Clinician, professional musician, jazz journalist and author. He teaches in New York City and Pennsylvania.
He holds a degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1973 graduate). While at Berklee, he studied with Charlie Mariano, as well as with Andy McGhee, Joe Viola, and Nick Ciazza. After Berklee he studied saxophone and improvisation with Sal Nistico, Fred Lipsius, Jimmy Lyons, Ray Pizzi, Sonny Stitt, and Ronnie Cuber; flute with Harold Jones; clarinet with Kal Opperman and bassoon with Karen Borca.
Tim resides in Reading, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marcia. He can be contacted for clinics, master classes, private teaching, gigs, and concerts by e-mail. Visit Tim's web site.
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