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Good balance of theoretical information as well as subjective, broad themes. Jun 13, Jerry rated it really liked it. Pithy little book on jazz improvisation that I'm finding useful in my bluegrass playing. The father of Bluegrass would say, when someone took a break that strayed far from the theme, "that's no part of nothing.
I've heard Yonder Mountain String Band jam out on Little Maggie for 40 minutes it's usually a 2 minute song by the time they came back to restate the theme I had forgotten what Pithy little book on jazz improvisation that I'm finding useful in my bluegrass playing. I've heard Yonder Mountain String Band jam out on Little Maggie for 40 minutes it's usually a 2 minute song by the time they came back to restate the theme I had forgotten what song they were playing, but it was great.
They take you down a familiar path and you end up on a memorable journey you didnt expect. Neverthe less, there is still some merit in what Mr. Monroe said. I was speaking to someone who has been a dancer and teacher for many years. I asked him if there were any parameters in dance improvisation and he said something interesting - "as a dancer you dont want to be too self-indulgent. I think that is what Mr. Monroe had in mind.
Dec 10, Joe Sullivan rated it liked it. This is not a dumbed-down theory book—it assumes the reader knows a few things to begin with and goes quickly. I'll probably have to read it a few more times to sort through some things, but I got a lot out of it.
I finally understand how the scales I play relate to chords on the guitar or piano and what my options are for improvisation. I used to just play it by ear, but this gives me a comfort level through an overall structural understanding of the music. Jun 26, gekko rated it liked it. Sep 09, Sean Luciw rated it it was amazing. This book explained many mysteries of jazz to me, in a way I could understand. The collection of charts in the back of the book are also quite helpful. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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By Jerry Coker. His intuition is responsible for the bulk of his originality; his emotion determines the mood; his intellect helps him to plan the technical problems and, with intuition, to develop the melodic form; his sense of pitch transforms heard or imagined pitches into letter names and fingerings; his playing habits enable his fingers to quickly find certain established pitch patterns. Four of these elements of his thinking—intuition, emotion, sense of pitch, and habit—are largely subconscious. Consequently, any control over his improvisation must originate in the intellect. While the intellect is limited in its capacity for control over intuition and emotion, it can be responsible for the training of the ear and for establishing a variety of helpful finger patterns, in addition to its function of solving technical. Upload Sign In Join.