The first scale most musicians learn is the major scale. We learn it in all 12 keys up and down our instruments. Even though this is one of the first scales we learn many intermediate jazz musicians are quite frustrated when trying to improvise over a major tonality. I was one of those frustrated musicians. I could never come up with interesting and fresh ideas when playing over those major sounds. The material in this book comes from years of learning how to play over those major chords. I explain the major bebop scale and how to use it so you sound great. I then give you 26 major bebop links to add into your lines and ideas. These are ideas, licks and patterns that have come from years of listening to jazz and practicing improvisation. As you work through this book you will see your jazz playing change in an incredible and exciting way.
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By Kenneth Carroll
May 23, 2014
As a jazz educator, I am convinced this material is where most soloists should begin. This outstanding collection of material, transposed in each key, systematically outlines the content/application of the bebop scale. With each exercise, the performer acquires the vocabulary established in the late '40's; and, unlike other rigid approaches, is given examples and encouragement to combine the material into useful personal statements. Steve has codified staple gestures such that all will have immediate success and open their ears to linear content of the period. In addition, mp3/video of Steve playing these exercises and detailing his education approach are invaluable for modeling. BTW, if you haven't been to the Neff site, Steve can play. Invest in your future! My students play from this book everyday - you should too!
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