How To Play Jazz and Improvise Volume 1 by Aebersold


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How To Play Jazz and Improvise Volume 1 by Aebersold

How To Play Jazz and Improvise Volume 1 by Aebersold

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Aebersold Jazz


Discover the world of jazz improvisation with this comprehensive play-along! Suitable for all musicians eager to explore the secrets of jazz improvisation, it provides an easy-to-understand and inspiring learning experience.

With the addition of two CDs, you can now enjoy the benefits of slower practice tempos on the first CD. The contents include blues in B-flat and F, four Dorian minor tracks, four-measure cadences, the cycle of dominants, a 24-measure song, II/V7 in all keys, and Jamey Aebersold’s expert demonstrations from the book. Learn from the master clinician as he showcases how it’s done.

Perfect for those at the beginning to intermediate level, the rhythm section features Jamey Aebersold on the piano, Rufus Reid on the bass, and Jonathan Higgins on the drums. For those seeking even more, the second CD with slower tempos is available separately, offering an upgrade for those who previously purchased the single CD set.


  • Scales/Chords
  • Developing Creativity
  • Improv Fundamentals
  • 12 Blues Scales
  • Bebop Scales
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Time and Feel
  • Melodic Development
  • II/V7s
  • Related Scales and Modes
  • Practical Exercises
  • Patterns and Licks
  • Dominant 7th Tree of Scale Choices
  • Nomenclature
  • Chromaticism
  • Scale Syllabus * and more!


When I first heard “So What” on the Kind of Blue record, I didn’t think anything was happening because I was used to hearing changes flying by and this seemed so tame by comparison. I quickly fell in love with Kind of Blue and of course, we at IU started experimenting with modal tunes and trying to keep our place in those many 8 bar phrases that seemed at times to make me feel like I was in the middle of a desert and couldn’t see for the life of me the beginning of the next 8 bar phrase.

When I began teaching privately for the first time in Seymour, Indiana I had a girl flute student who really had a great sound. One day I asked her to improvise on a D- Dorian scale and off she went. I could tell she was playing what she heard in her mind and I was so surprised. It really sounded natural. So, I asked other students to play on a Dorian scale and they did fine. That’s how I got started teaching improv.

I think others at the time were using the blues as a vehicle but the students I was working with knew nothing about the blues they could keep their place in the 4 and 8-bar phrases so I went ahead later and used that modal approach on my Volume 1 play-along . . . and the rest is history.

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