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Playbook for Improvisation (Play-Along) By Erik Veldkamp


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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”


Song List

  1. Perdido
  2. Little Sunflower
  3. In A Mellow Tone
  4. Blue Bossa
  5. Emily
  6. Satin Doll
  7. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
  8. The Lady Is A Tramp
  9. Bluesette
  10. The Girl From Ipanema
  11. Blue Monk
  12. Sir John
  13. The Shadow Of Your Smile
  14. Watermelon Man
  15. Stardust
  16. Take The A-Train
  17. All The Things You Are
  18. Bemsha Swing
  19. Caravan
  20. Cottontail


Erik Veldkamp’s Big Book Series

The Improvisation Big Books

  1. The Improvisation Big Book
  2. Patterns for Improvisation
  3. Playbook for Improvisation
  4. 50% OFF The Complete Big Books

The Flexibility Big Books

  1. Flexibility Big Book
  2. Flexibility Big Book 2
  3. Flexibility Big Book 3 (Christmas Edition)
  4. 50% OFF Complete Flexibility Big Books

The Jazz Articulation Big Books

  1. The Jazz Articulation Big Book 1
  2. The Jazz Articulation Big Book 2
  3. Staccato Standards Book 1
  4. Staccato Standards Book 2
  5. 50% OFF Complete Jazz Articulation Series

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