Beginning Improvisation
Demo Chapter Sample
 

I've provided a couple of samples from two different instruments - one from Part One and another from Part Two - so you can get a better feel for how this method works.

 

Part One Section One - Violin

 

Take a look at score1. You can see how the scales and changes are laid out in the Key of C. I start with the simplest octave of the scales for each instrument and add the more difficult ones later. You'll be more comfortable while doing something new. It really helps students to play along with the piano track when they've learned the notes.

It can be a little scary at first for students who are used to only reading notes off the page to improvise for the first time. That's why we start out only with a few notes - so you can feel confident that you can do it.

 

Once you have played a simple solo successfully once, it is much easier to add a couple more notes and have another success. Pretty soon you'll be using the whole scale, building on success after success.

 

To encourage that, I've included a blank skills checklist for the instructor or self-motivated student to keep track of progress, step-by-step.

 

You can hear in the sample mp3 of CD 1 Track 2 that there is a very simple rhythm section backing the chord for the beginning student to improvise over. We want to encourage those who are just starting this journey into their creativity.

 

Part Two Section One - Alto Saxophone

 

In this sample score2, you can see that I have added the Dominant 7th chords to practice in addition to the scales. These will help students improve overall technique with regular practice. You can hear the piano on sample mp3 of CD2 Track 2. It makes each section longer, but the rewards are well worth it.

 

You may also notice that the CD tracks are all listed in Concert Pitch with the corresponding key the alto saxes are playing in. This will enable players of transposing instruments to learn their Concert keys with repetition. It's a great piece of information to know when you go on to play out in groups down the road. The bandleader (or guitarist, etc.) calls out the concert key and transposing players should automatically know where to start.

 

About the Audio

The mp3 audio tracks are best heard through speakers that you can turn up to the appropriate level, or on the student's iPod or mp3 player earphones. Speakers are preferred for them to be able to hear their own playing better. Laptops may not have the best audio speakers for this application, unless you add outside speakers.

 

Physical CDs are available, and are included in the Educator's Package. Additional CDs can also be purchased. These can be played on a stereo system.

 

Please feel free to contact me and let me know how I can further assist you with new music educational products. I'd love to hear your success stories.

 

In Conclusion

 

I hope these demo samples have given you a good taste of how this program works and what you can expect to receive when you purchase the Beginning Improvisation method.

 

We are using these exact materials in my private teaching studio and we are seeing and hearing results! It feels great to enable students to achieve their goals and see them tap into their own creativity with great joy!