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Jazz  Wizard Junior book 1
(middle school)
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 2
(upper middle/high school)
Jazz Fiddle Wizard
(College)

ORCHESTRA MUSIC:
Stringin' the Blues
(grade 3.5)
Swing on a String
(grade 3)
Swing There, Done That
(grade 2.5)

STRING QUARTET MUSIC: Jammin' Jazz Standards

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JAZZ FIDDLE WIZARD (College) - USER TIPS - Remember:

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 summary of some of the basic rules:

OVERALL GOAL: To play Jazz you need a) To know where you are in the tune. b) To know what chord appears in that spot. c) To know how to play on that chord.

Bebop Fingerings: a) Ascending a finger moves up. b) Descending a finger moves down. c) If you have an open string available use it. These principles transfer to all chromatic lines.

If you were in a private lesson with me I would remind you about the following:

1) The bebop scale does NOT work on one chords (Gmaj7). It only works on Dominant 7th chords (D7) and on it's related 2m IF it appears before the 5 (such as in the first line of My House: the D bebop scale works on both the 2m and the 5 - Am7 and D7). DO NOT PLAY G BEBOP ON THE Gmaj7 CHORD. Use a regular major scale on any maj7 chord.

2) In order for your ear to learn the sound of playing with chord notes on the beat (see philosophy) you have to follow the bebop scale rules in lesson 2 and 3. Can you hear when you're "in-sync" (play with chord tones on the beat)? After about a week of practice my students will make a face when they start the bebop scale wrong (e.g. start on a non-chord tone on the beat). That's great. That means they are starting to hear it.

3) When you start using the arpeggios in lesson 12 it is as if you "add the minor chords back in". Since the bebop scale also works on the 2m  chords we have disregarded those so far.

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