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Lowery’s Method for Jazz Improvisation By Robert "Boysie" Lowery


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Robert “Boysie” Lowery was Clifford Brown’s jazz teacher, and he spent his career opening eyes to the possibilities in music. Through his patient yet deliberate guidance, you will discover that music is math, but that math must be used to create mature musical ideas. Institutionalized education gives you knowledge, but you will be trained to respond to music, not to think about music. You can read and write, but you can’t execute the theory you learn through your instrument. That will all change with the Boysie method.

Boysie Lowery could take the very abstract and complex concepts of music, break them down to their fundamental components and explain them in simple, easy-to-understand language. This teacher’s knowledge of and passion for music is exceeded only by the degree of love felt for him by his students. He is, in no uncertain terms, a genius. His method may be described as simply music theory, but the way he brings out the best in his students is legendary. From his most famous student, Clifford Brown, to the inimitable Ernie Watts, to countless hundreds of the world’s finest musicians, the Boysie Lowery Method just works.

If you want to learn from the best, just like the finest players our instrument has ever seen, today is the day to get start.

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2 reviews for Lowery’s Method for Jazz Improvisation

  1. Paul Tomashefsky (verified owner)

    Just Purchased this qPress Jazz Method by Robert “Boysie” Lowery. I had seen it several times and decided to get the digital and print version. It is written (Transcribed from interviews) by Gerald Chavis who was a student of Lowery’s. Lowery wanted to leave a personal legacy of his teachings that he shared with Clifford Brown who was a student of Lowery. The book is set up in a very logical fashion and establishes Rhythmic consistency, Scale / Key center, The “Magic 6 Notes” (not the Caruso ones) C A F D E G C and and their corresponding chords. Learning these intervals in every key, to establish the SOUND in your head. he then outlines Active Notes (single chromatic approach notes) Double active Notes (Double chromatic approach notes), and “The Classes” which are Exercises extrapolated from these technical intervallic patterns. In my humble opinion, it is a very good look into the method by which Lowery used to allow his students to hear, respond and understand what it was they were reading, playing, and assimilating under their fingers and more importantly into their improvisational ear.

    In the book Mr. Lowery says it is one thing to be able to mimic what one hears, but a whole different experience when you can fully understand how the theory works and SOUNDS like, so it can be confidently absorbed into one’s own playing. The exercises are not transposed into every key, but this is actually an incentive to be able to use your OWN EARS to transpose and memorize each tonal center, thus making you learn the pattern and hear it in ALL Keys. There is also an excellent “Teacher’s Guide” to teaching students, how to motivate them and Biographical material about Lowery, that Chavis transcribed from his recorded interviews. Great Book overall. I was introduced to Some of Lowery’s approach note concepts back when I was a student in Boston, studying at the Berklee College of Music via Theory improv lessons I had taken with a faculty guitarist who had studied with the great Pianist, Charlie Banacos.

  2. Jack Peaker

    The best!

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