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As the 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 series is his largest and most in-depth exploration of how players can effortlessly improvise over any changes, all while developing their own personal musical style.
Coming hot on the heels of his smash hits “The Improvisation Big Book” and “Patterns for Improvisation,” the Playbook for Improvisation takes the next logical step by giving you 20 full tunes, complete with melodies, chord changes, performance demos, and backing tracks, so you can play with a rhythm section and have lots of room to both play what is on the page AND take your own solos.
The full list of tunes is below, and I highly recommend you listen to Erik perform using the audio files below along with the sample pages, to give you an idea of the quality of the arrangments as well as the wide range of styles represented in this book. You are going to love what you hear, and it will make you want to complete your set. I guarantee you will be improvising better than you ever thought possible!
Listen to Erik perform “Blue Bossa”
Play-along with “Blue Bossa”
Listen to Erik perform “Caravan”
Play-along with “Caravan”
Erik Veldkamp’s Big Book Series
The Improvisation Big Books
The Flexibility Big Books
The Jazz Articulation Big Books