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Hey there...my fellow music makers. I've been a reading member of SOTW for many years now and have learned many things about sax repair,new reeds etc.Well I now want to share my new book "Easy Easy Bebop" and give back to the community.
This book is my contribution to the Wonderful world of Jazz. This book uses many of the scales and other devices used in Jazz and other styles of instrumental music in a easy to remember way.This method uses a "WORD to NOTE" approach. When consciously thinking Words while playind easy and even complex phrases the music flows and "Sings da Bebop". Notice the difference when saying the words "Da Be-bop" compared to "The Be-bop". The articulation is built-into the words "Da Bebop". Also while saying the words "Easy Easy Bebop" you express the "Swing Articulation" many students struggle with. The whole book uses this method. Now say the words, "Everyday I bebop". (Ev'- ry day I Be-bop). The notes played will be 6 notes of the descending Bebop scale with one note skipped 8-b7-7-6-5-3. Students and advanced players can use this method giving them another approach to the music. For example the "Cry me a river" lick has more meaning and better expression when taught with the words to the song. The words to the song are "Now you say you're lonely".The players who first made it famous played it with the feeling of the famous song. If a student forgets the notes but remembers the words his voice and ear will guide him to the notes of the lick.We've all heared that its good to know the words to the songs we play. Don't stop there, give meaning to your solos and let the listener feel what you are saying thru your instrument...use words and notes. This book relaxes the students mind while allowing them to play all the embelishments of jazz without getting stuck on theory. Enclosures, Edited Scales, Arpeggios and much more are built into these licks and phrases. With this book a player will be hearing and playing advanced ideas and easily begin combining licks, lines and phrases into solos and compositions. This book helps prevent the mind from being overwhelmed by theory... and promotes expression and meaning in the music.
Here is a much appreciated review from a musician in the UK.

By Ray Bartlett on 20 July 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Captures the spirit and sound of bebop with clever use of words for rhythmic feel. There are hundreds of books with licks and patterns but this little gem really delivers the groove and the notes. No connection to the author. Don't overlook this method it will pay you back any attention you give it. Delighted with this purchase.

Actual Amazon UK Review link: HERE

Thanks for the review Ray.

My Author name is DN Rhythm
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MAKE SURE YOU GET THE SECOND EDITION FROM AMAZON or CREATESPACE.
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Thanks for reading...My Fellow Music Makers.
 

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Below are three picture examples of the "notes to words" mentioned in the first post.
"Easy Easy Bebop"
"Ev 'ry Day I Bebop"
"It's Da Bebop"

These are taken from the book "Easy Easy Bebop" Bebop licks and phrases put into words.
This is to show how the book displays the NOTATION, WORDS and DIGITAL SCALE DEGREES (NUMBERS)
of all the licks and phrases in the book. This gives the player three options to work with to ensure memorizing and expressing the material with feeling.


EasyEasyBebopSOTW.jpg

EveryrdayIBebopSOTW.jpg

ItsDaBebopSOTW.jpg


Thanks again for reading...
 

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Thanks Neff... Ive appreciated your contributions as well.
Check this out, "Words to the lines" is how I learned. I grew up around my Father and his Fellow Jazzers "saying and playing" jazz licks and phrases all day and night.
They very seldom pulled out sheet music, but my Dad made shure I learned how to read, write, play and teach music.
He always emphasized "Hear It !", I don't stop at saying " Hear it" I use "Say it". I've provided a whole book of meaningful jazz expressions to get students started in hearing and remembering jazz language in a very useful way.
Think about how many "Musical Markings" composers have put on sheet music to convey the expression of a composition. The expression is in the words we can use. Our main method of communicating is "Speech". Do Dit Do Dit and Ta Ti Ta Ti are good for learning articulation but what does it say to our personal expression. "Ea-sy Ea-sy" tends to relax and internalize the expression of the same notation (after learning proper articulation). This book shows how to keep it JAZZY and "Sing Da BeBop".
 

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Just ordered a paperback version. This might be useful for my Middle School (11-13 year-old) students. Great concept.
 

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Just ordered a paperback version. This might be useful for my Middle School (11-13 year-old) students. Great concept.
Same here, I just ordered one I'm giving to my 7th grader. Nice layout and everything, you put your graphics skills to work on the book? :)
 

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I'm more verbal than mathematical so this is perfect for my learning style so I have to thank you for this.

I sometimes have free improvised at home by thinking of words and phrases to express my emotions and feelings as I play. Music has mood and if you are not feeling and thinking in the mood that you want your notes to express than your music does not ring true. You can't play a love song thinking of words that express hate or negative emotions, can you? Listen to this clip to hear the perfect example of what I mean. George was not just playing the notes of the song here, he was singing the lyrics here and what is more important, feeling them and expressing their meaning in his playing. When he sang "I love You" he meant it as can clearly be seen in Don's reaction.

 

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Hey Music Makers...

Finding our own voice is the key. We can sing thru our instruments, especially horns. We're fortunate to have chosen instruments we can breathe into. That allows us to speak and sing to the listeners. Just like singers, we use our breathing. Express some vocal quality in our playing and we keep the audience interested.
 

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For young students:
The way these licks work is easy, the students first read the words and then the notes and numbers . Once the words and numbers are in their head, they have fun singing jazz thru their instruments. These licks vary from simple to more complex, allowing the students to use chromatics easily. They don't get frustrated and overwhelmed with theory, they start hearing the music as expression not just notation.
There are many happy musical words used to keep them happy and inspired. Have Fun.
 

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One addition that would be welcome are sound tracks to the riffs/phrases so one could have a model to help with singing in tune, as well as getting the right jazz rhythm and articulation. Hopefully, sound tracks will be forthcoming soon. The book is definitely a very good starting point and breaks new ground. Thank you.
 

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georgewa... your thoughts are good to read. After spending hours,days and weeks writing down my easy bebop method that many of my musical friends and students asked me to share in a book, I 'm glad that my contributions to the musical community are of use and appreciated. I thank you as well.
 

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In thinking more about your method and how it came about, I am sure when a seasoned player was voicing a riff to a colleague or student by scat or something similar, in addition to the words (scat) spoken, the words had a certain pitch, articulation and rhythm that would get engrained and taken away by the student. One would not be able to totally get it just from seeing the written words spoken in that encounter esp if jazz.
You have already done the hard work in writing the book and coming up with the phrases with words. All that would be needed now to make it even more effective would be to basicly record for the students your singing of the phrases in the book how you think the phrases should sound like and be played by the student.
Don't mean to repeat oneself here. You definitely have created something potentially very helpful to students and are to be applauded for this. This proposed added step could be thought of as the nice frosting on the beautiful cake. Thank you.
 

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This method goes beyond scatting without notation. The book shows Notation, Numbers and Words. Basic music reading skills and some knowledge of piano notes is encouraged to help singers and musicians so they can interpret written material in their own singing and musical voices. The goal is personal expression so there is no need to mimic a recording. Many singers who consider their voice to be an instrument should take time to develop basic piano and music notation reading ability. That way they can enjoy usage of music books and instruction just as musicians do. Learning the notes on the piano for pitch and the basic E G B D F and F A C E musical notation helps singers and musicians tremendously. Keep in mind that the books material can be expressed with or without the swing articulation. Having some basic music reading ability makes the concept easier to follow and have fun with. Also keep in mind that without the swing articulation the notes can be expressed straight, cool, smooth or funky. Jazz material is interwoven in a lot of today's music so users can freely use material from the book in other styles of music. Bebop is a fun music to learn because it covers a lot of keys and uses chromatic notes,enclosures, leading/pickup tones and bebop vocabulary that all appear in the book. All the bebop is built into the material and is ready to use in a fun and easy way. After having fun using the book many users find that other music material is easier to follow and play with personal expression. Most of the material is shown in 12 keys so users can start in keys most comfortable for them. For two years now users such as musicians and singers have been enjoying the book with good results.

Happy Users said this:

By Ray Bartlett on 20 July 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Captures the spirit and sound of bebop with clever use of words for rhythmic feel. There are hundreds of books with licks and patterns but this little gem really delivers the groove and the notes. No connection to the author. Don't overlook this method it will pay you back any attention you give it. Delighted with this purchase.

Ted Reynolds
June 8, 2018 @ 5:19 pm
Incredible in its simplicity, sitting on my porch just singing through the rhythms, just bought the book.
THANK YOU#
 

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Well, I got the book on Amazon as a summer divertimento.
It is fun and I'm sure it'll add something to my playing.

All that would be needed now to make it even more effective would be to basicly record for the students

as the nice frosting on the beautiful cake. Thank you.
I really would suggest a YouTube demo... Both because, well, ultimately, it's all about sound. But also because you will get a big uptick in sales. I'd put good money that the vast majority of people looking for ideas and help will search YouTube at some point.

The demo could comfortably include playing the same thing with different feels / styles etc. And I'm certainly not suggesting an end-to-end play along! Just one phrase.

What ever the case. Thanks for doing this. It's a contribution
 

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You guys have great feedback and input and I'm working on more good things with your suggestions in mind. Thanks again for your thoughts. I had worked very hard on getting the book completed and it took time away from me playing my own instruments. So excuse me if I seemed uninterested in your suggestions, that's never the case. I just had other musical obligations to spend time on. I'm back at it and will eventually have something new to share with the music education community that I think you'll enjoy very much along with the book currently available. Thanks for the responding input and words of encouragement. Appreciation is motivation. Although I get good sales it is extra motivation to see "Thank-you's" at the sites selling the books and in these forums. You guys on SOTW motivated me towards my current project. BIG THANKS to everyone who posts encouraging things here and other places on the internet.
 

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Thank you for the latest good reviews.

A big Shout out and "Thank you" to the players who took time to write some good reviews of the book and let other players and learners know how they are using the material. It took time to create the book and write everything out and make it "Easy" to read and play, and it's good to know that the effort was appreciated. Thanks again.

New reviews:

Sam Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars best jazz book
August 15, 2018
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book! It has helped me learn so much. I would recommend this to all of my musician friends.

Willie J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jazz book for young musicians....
August 23, 2018
Format: Paperback
My grandson received this book as a gift and is loving it. This is a great way to learn JAZZ with Easy Easy Bebop !!!!!!

DrCarl Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for...
August 24, 2018
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I play keyboards, but most expressive with left hand bass lines. No signicant conception of right hand scatting. These exercises will improve my dexterity. Way to go, DNR!!

mytwocents
5.0 out of 5 stars $8.00 kindle worth every penny to a beginner.
October 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Strictly for beginners. If you've struggled with those useless youtube videos that teach nothing (too fast or too complicated) this was written for sax but will work with any instrument (right hand piano). 134 pages of short licks over chords or 2 5 1 licks mostly in C (dm G7 C) contiain clever phrases ('lyrics' if you will) that give you 'emphasis' 'accent' note(s) that get your right hand doing 'be bop' EA sy EA sy be BOP - ITS da be BOP!. Since it's for sax, no left hand comping. Would love to hear an audio of the licks but for $8.00 on kindle it's not just some simplistic silly idea. He presents his licks in all keys and chords and with this knowledge and hard work, you could probably find (and understand) more licks to build up a 'tool box' and move on to e.g. approaches and enclosures. You have to figure out yourself what be bop scale(s) are applicable to the licks (dominant, major, pentatonic etc) but I bought it to play, not study.

TerryTea
4.0 out of 5 stars Good foundation to build on
November 27, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The licks here are brief and simple — some as short as four notes — but they offer an introduction to the sound and use of bebop scales. To dispute another reviewer, most licks are provided IN ALL TWELVE KEYS. See the photo as an example. In my playing I need to work on developing a jazz vocabulary and feel, and I find these licks give me a good starting point. I learn a few, combine them, and go from there.

I share reviews to give examples of how the book can be useful.
Easy Easy Bebop...thanks
 
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