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Progressive Swing Readings Vol.1 By David Gornston


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The idea of orchestral studies is not new. In the classical field, students have long been prepared for practical playing by studying selected orchestral passages. In formal music education also the study of solfeggio places special emphasis on the mastery of time divisions and holds an important place in the teaching program. When it comes to jazz study, we need much more of this.

Here in these volumes, first in elementary form, and second in a more advanced manner, David Gornston, a nationally known leader in the realm of modern teaching, blends in an interesting and practical form the study of time and counting with exercises in practical application.

There are four basic steps in the mastery of music reading, and if the student keeps them definitely in mind while pursuing the study of the material in these volumes, facility should be acquired with the greatest possible ease.

  1. The first step in the mastery of reading is, clearly, to understand all note values and their equivalents in rests.
  2. The second step is a thorough understanding of the relationships which exist between time values. A careful study of the rhythm patterns and the note values as illustrated on these pages will provide proficiency on this point.
  3. Number three in the development of reading lies in the ability to read notes as groups or patterns. The basic patterns are all presented in these Volumes and they should be repeated until they can be played not only “as is,” but in their variations, which occur in the reading exercises.
  4. The fourth step in the development of reading rests upon a wide, practical application of everything that has been done in study form.

The construction of these Volumes is based upon these four basic conceptions, and they are designed to produce good music readers. Grab both Volumes ONE and TWO and start your journey toward effortless reading of modern jazz rhythms.

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