Christopher Azzara & Richard Grunow - GIA Publications
With Developing Musicianship through Improvisation, students will learn to improvise as readily as they would join in a conversation. Using the tunes in the book, they will build a vocabulary of tonal patterns, melodic phrases, rhythm patterns, and rhythm phrases that can be applied to a wide range of music in classical, jazz, and folk styles. They will also read and write music, connecting improvisation to meaningful experiences with notation. Each unit contains six components: Repertoire; Patterns and Progressions; Improvising Melodic Phrases; Learning to Improvise: Seven Skills; Reading and Writing; Learning Solos. Regardless of musical background, students can play tunes and learn harmony by ear, the skills at the heart of improvisation. This intuitive and engaging approach is a major advance in music teaching and learning.