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Jazz Fiddle Wizard
(College)

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Stringin' the Blues
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Swing on a String
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Swing There, Done That
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JAZZ FIDDLE WIZARD (College) - USER TIPS - How to use:

I wrote the original Jazz Fiddle Wizard a couple of years ago and have since then used it to teach many students how to improvise in the jazz tradition. During that time I have learned what points to stress and found a couple of alternate ways of going through the book.

Philosophy     How-to-use      remember      corrections

Here is a couple of alternate ways (not lesson 1,2,3...) of going through the book that I have used with several students:

PATH for beginners in jazz:

(If you don't know how to improvise at all and Jazz Fiddle Wizard looks daunting you should start with my books Jazz Fiddle Wizard Junior and practice those lessons for a couple of months.)

If you already know how to improvise on fiddle tunes, the Blues and/or simple swing tunes but are not quite sure where you are in the tune try this approach:

1) Start by playing the tune My House on page 21 using track 6 on the CD. You can essentially get away with using the G-major scale on the whole thing yet the 3rd line (m. 9-12) sound a bit off.

2) Take a look at the chord progression by reading over lesson 6.

3) Read the theory part of lesson 11 about inner melodies.

4) Improvise over My House again but in the third line use the inner melody C-B-Bb-A (one whole-note per measure) in the third line. You can add rhythms to the inner melody and a couple of notes from G-major. That's it. You are now improvising on the entire tune following the chord progression!

5) Now add the chord-note-on-the-beat stuff (see philosophy) by reading through lesson 2 and 3 and practicing the D7, G7, C7 (though we don't need C7 in My House) and F7 bebop scales using the beginning of track 4 (see lesson 5).

6) Read lesson  7 to learn about how to incorporate the bebop scale into My House.

Now you are ready to go through the rest of the book and the tunes. Skip lesson 13 for now.

Good Luck!

PATH for more advanced jazz players:

OK, so you already play with chord notes on the beat and can improvise comfortably over tunes like Sweet Georgia Brown while keeping the form in your head. BUT you want to expand your vocabulary and get more comfortable in odd keys:

1) Start with the exercise in lesson 18. Just make sure you're in the right key by checking the key signature or the last chord in each line. Practice the major scales of the keys your are uncomfortable with.

2) Now let's add some spice by messing with the V chords. Go to lesson 20 and 21.

3) Add what you now know to your repertoire of tunes and all the tunes in Jazz Fiddle Wizard.

4) Now go to lesson 12 and 13. You probably already play with regular appeggios (lesson 12) but try adding arpeggio shapes (lesson 13) to your vocabulary. They add a quite sophisticated sound and are a never ending source for new ideas (I practice all this myself).

5) Also clean up your minor keys by practicing the exercise in lesson 23 using track 15.

I start any jazz practice with ii-V-I's in all keys and tempos.

Good Luck!

 

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