These etudes are expected to help the instrumentalist develop some basic technical skills on their instrument, and also more important, to generate ideas that can be used when improvising over a set of chord changes. Emphasis has been made to give the etudes musicality and melodic continuity. In order to do so, the etudes have been composed primarily using certain “musical devices” that have proven to be valuable both in music composition and improvisation. The use of these devices tends to give coherence and melodic continuity to ideas within an etude or improvised solo. There are countless of these devices that are used in composition and improvisation. If the reader takes some time to analyze the etudes presented in this book, he or she will find that there are a few of them that are used over and over.
Many of these work well with Jamey’s Volume 54 “Maiden Voyage” play-a-long. All are very playable and highly recommended for private lessons.
“I think these etudes are very good. Ivan demonstrates the use of sequences and repetition in general, good jazz/bebop vocabulary, and use of space in setting off ideas. I think it will make a great addition to jazz books, especially reinforcing the play along books!” Dan Haerle