(Trumpet Instruction). Amazing Phrasing is for any trumpet player interested in learning how to improvise and how to improve their creative phrasing. The 50 ideas are divided into three main sections: Harmony explores scales, arpeggios, chord substitutions, harmonic embellishments, and other harmonic phrasing ideas; Rhythm covers legato tonguing, swing feel, rhythmic displacement, how to manipulate time, and other aspects of rhythmic phrasing; Melody discusses contour lines, making patterns musical, developing a motif, building a solo, and many other melodic phrasing ideas. The companion audio, accessed online for download or streaming, contains 26 demo tracks for listening, as well as many play-along examples so you can practice improvising over various musical styles and progressions. Also available for guitar, keyboard, and tenor saxophone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book particularly appealing and useful as it was not the usual weighty, daunting volume as are many other books on improvisation. It is also simple to use, clearly laid out and sequential. The exercises can be easily managed by the average amateur player and they give an invaluable insight into how improvisational skills can be developed in relatively simple understandable terms. Most importantly, the authors do not assume at the outset that you are of Juilliard School standard!
I bought the book to build and enhance my improv skills. I've been playing the trumpet for 20 years part-time professionally and figured that I could jump right into the book and start jamming. I was wrong. Despite being a musician for this long, I never had an understanding of chord structures, and I found out quickly that you must understand chords if you want to use this book. So, I had to buy a music theory book first and now this book is making more sense to me. I give it 5 stars for usefulness and quality, but 3 for assuming that you know chords first.
I'm self-learning the trumpet and I'm moving up to more complex topics with this book. I'm very well pleased with this book as I have several instructional books for various instruments, and this one is right up there with the best of them to be sure. And that's saying a lot considering the low price of this book and CD.
The book presents various concepts as numbered "Ideas" which is a nice approach I think because it helps you to consider each new concept as an idea in its own right. From 1 to 4 pages are devoted to each idea. And many, but not all, ideas have CD tracks associated with them that give an example of the idea being presented.
The book is divided into three sections:
Section 1: Harmony - Ideas #1 thru #22 (there are about a dozen tracks associated with these Ideas)
Section 2: Rhythm - Ideas #23 thru #30 (unfortunately there are only 2 CD tracks devoted to this section of 8 Rhythmic Ideas)
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