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As a Professor of Trumpet Technique at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Erik Veldkamp has learned firsthand what works for players at all levels to establish their own style of improvisation. This book is the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of work and experience in the field and is such a simple step-by-step manual that you will be creating improvisations that you never thought possible by the end. Complete with 127 audio files of demos and backing tracks and 200+ pages of studies and solos, there is simply nothing else on the market like it.
This book is based on melodic improvisation. Using 16 different jazz standards as your guide, you will learn systematically how to use theme development, articulations, modes, broken chords, approach notes, and enclosures, to take your improv to the next level. The parts of the book are:
Part 1: Plain language explanation of what theme development, articulation, modes, broken chords, approach notes, and enclosures are, and how great players use them to create new music off the top of their heads.
Part 2: 16 Jazz Standards, each written out with 6 choruses. First, you play the theme, then Erik develops new improvisations (all written out and with demo recordings), a theme interpretation, a theme development, an improvisation, and then a free improvisation. You then get to use the backing tracks to play through all 6 choruses yourself with the written material, then try your own improvisation on the last chorus! This is followed by 4 more jazz standards with nothing written out by Erik, this is where it is your time to shine and graduate as a fully-fledged Jazz Soloist.
Part 3: Appendix. This is where you find more scales, approach note exercises, enclosure examples by Clifford Brown, a closer look at jazz articulation, and ending with St. Louis Blues by Louis Armstrong.
Your purchase gets you the 200+ page book, and two full albums of audio (one is demos and samples, the other is all backing tracks).
I have put some samples to the left and included an entire tune. Listen to Erik play each chorus below, then the last track is backing band only so you can try it yourself. The list of all the standards included is at the bottom. Dig in, everyone!
Erik Plays Through “Autumn Leaves”
Backing Track for Autumn Leaves, Try It with the Samples!
Erik Veldkamp’s Big Book Series
The Improvisation Big Books
The Flexibility Big Books
The Jazz Articulation Big Books