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Improvising implies the freedom of ideas, a release from playing the melody as it is actually written. By using a variety of devices, Stan Applebaum takes the reader through a wide range of strategies for creating improvisations that are musically engaging and interesting.
Through the use of upper and lower neighbours, passing tones, and question & answers, students get a handful of tricks to get them improvising right away. Building confidence through musical examples is key, and this book is full of examples and excerpts to get you playing your best, even over the most complicated of melodies.
Check out a few examples to the left, then grab an immediate PDF download above.