Jazz Improv Materials Handbook Complete, a melodic approach to jazz improvisation by Rich Willey — New Revised Edition for B♭, E♭, & C (treble clef) instruments.
★ 39 Play-along tracks (rhythm section only, no melody instrument)
★ Massive scale studies chapter
★ Huge assortment of melodic phrases over chord progressions
★ All keys presented to enhance learning
165 pages packed full of lessons presented in all twelve keys designed to accelerate the development of your jazz improvisation skills. You will learn your instrument thoroughly and develop your ears with this “melodic approach to jazz improvisation.”
Your book comes with a link for you to easily download the play-along tracks for the Melodic Building Blocks section of the Handbook, each presented at two tempos: medium and medium bright. 39 tracks in all, 73:04 total time. Includes four different types of blues progressions in all twelve keys.
Hard-copy book is beautifully printed on high-quality paper and GBC comb-bound with protective mylar outer covers.
Packed with routines and lessons that force you to learn your instrument. Everything is written out so that you’ll actually be playing melodies, licks and blues in all twelve keys. Routines are based on ideas given to Rich by such teachers as Rich Matteson, David Baker, and Garry Dial.
Playing this stuff will rub off on your technique and key fluency, filling your ears with jazz lines inspired by or “borrowed” from jazz’s greats. The “melodic approach to jazz improvisation” you’ll find in these pages helps you learn to navigate your way through chord progressions melodically, and will keep you learning for a long, long time.
Originally written for trumpet, this volume has been adapted to be playable by all treble clef instruments. Handbook contains enough materials to practice and increase knowledge of your instrument for the rest of your life. This is a guidebook that teaches you how to teach yourself to improvise.
The new, revised edition contains even more explanatory text, ideas and suggestions. It now comes with more ways to help you develop and expand your own personal style of practicing and playing and actually learn how to teach yourself to improvise.
Used by Rich Willey in his Jazz Improvisation Workshops all across the United States of America.
Michael Dease’s Online Trombone Journal Review:
Rich Willey utilizes his considerable experience as a performer, composer and pedagogue to craft the Jazz Improv Materials Handbook, one of the more practical jazz methods in publication.
Willey injects good-natured humor throughout the handbook’s 167 pages. The levity is a welcome addition to the vast amount of technical and melodic content, which, upon first glance could appear overwhelming. The clear-cut drills (including interpretations of Herbert L. Clarke and Donald S. Reinhardt studies) are well-supported by Willey’s expert commentary, which is concise, unassuming, and easy to understand. Included very early in the book is a suggested listening list that is sure to keep any student busy. My only criticism of this method is its lack of a rhythmic approach, which is not uncommon in jazz education pedagogy. Having become familiar with his style of explication, I would be interested to hear Willey’s thoughts on rhythmic development and interaction.
The handbook includes a play-along CD, and due to its sturdy construction is sure to withstand many years of use. As a musician equally at home in New York City and the university lecture hall, Willey brings a unique perspective to his jazz method. Though highly influenced by pioneers of jazz education, such as Dr. David Baker and Jamey Aebersold, Willey’s “updates” are sure to appeal to the next generation of young jazz students, or to anyone looking for a one-stop (“Mom and Pop Bebop Shop” according to Willey) source for harmonic and melodic direction. Please visit Rich Willey on the web at www.boptism.com where you can learn more about his compositions, arrangements, and purchase this highly-recommended introduction to the world of jazz improvisation.
Michael Dease received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. He has recorded with the likes of Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Luis Miguel, and has been featured with the big bands of Jimmy Heath, Illinois Jacquet, and Wynton Marsalis. Listen to him play at Smalls in NYC.