"Jazzitudes" (72 pages)
"Jazzitudes" is a collection of 12 solo-style etudes, composed over the chord
changes of selected Jazz and Popular Standards, all of which are likely to be
familiar to the vast majority of contemporary improvisers.
The list includes:
"Love for Sale"
"All of Me"
"Night & Day"
"Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"
Creating lines for oneself over the changes of a given tune is a great way to slow
down, examine, practice and internalize its potential melodic, harmonic and
rhythmic aspects, as well as to create personalized material for use in actual
The dozen etudes selected here are presented in Concert key, as well as Bb and
Eb versions and were created with specific accompanying Aebersold playalong
tracks in mind - matching style, key and tempo.
For each etude, the corresponding volume on which its compatible Aebersold
playalong track can be found is listed in the table of contents, as well as on the
initial page of the etude itself.
While it's not necessary to use a playalong to study the material in " Jazzitudes",
if you so desire, they can be purchased individually as single file mp3 downloads
from jazzbooks.com . Use the advanced search to locate the particular song /
sound file you're looking for.
In the creation of these etudes, I've aimed for a natural degree of rhythmic variety
and balance within the lines themselves by judiciously employing the use of rests
and triplets, in order to avoid an uninterrupted and potentially monotonous stream
of eighth and sixteenth notes.
I believe these etudes are a fun, challenging and above all, musical way to study,
practice and get intimate with these tunes.
Hopefully, you will be inspired to create your own as well.