CREATIVE JAZZ EXERCISES Volume 1 - 2nd Edition


Accompaniment Files in iReal Pro and MIDI formats for all three volumes can be found in my Public Dropbox Folder - Click on the folder icon to the right.

I recommend downloading the iReal HTML Playlist for all of the exercises in this Volume by key. When you open the iReal Playlist link you’ll be prompted to open it in the iReal Pro App; or if you prefer, download the iReal HTML or MIDI folders as a Zip File:

If you upload the MIDI file into digital audio software (DAW) you may need to raise the bass part one octave.

iReal Pro sometimes makes the keyboard/guitar part a little busy. you can lower the volume or mute that instrument in the iReal mixer or DAW.

Select the book cover for some sample pages.

Accompaniment for exercises has been created with the iReal Pro app in both HTML and MIDI formats. You can change the tempo, style, loop, etc in the iReal app or download the MIDI file into software and modify as you wish. Details for accessing the files are below. Contact me if you need help.

Improvisation is about communication with your fellow musicians and the audience. The goal of this book series is to give you the technical skill to be spontaneously creative. The accompaniment files serve as a harmonic metronome and not intended to replace the opportunity to play exercises “live” as a starting point for improvisation.

Vol. 1 Concert
Vol. 1 Bb
Vol. 1 Eb

Volume 1 presents chord scales, 1/8th – 1/16th note syncopations, patterns and reading exercises intended to develop technical skill that can be applied to any style of improvisation.

Many of the exercises are written in an improvised solo style in multiple jazz, latin and funk-fusion grooves.

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You can also purchase the book from the Aebersold Company: please request the 2nd Edition version.

The primary goal of the rhythm exercises in this book is to learn to read pitches and rhythms accurately in time, even in wide intervals, like a drummer playing a drum set.

The overall goal in this and all of the books in my Creative Jazz Exercises series is to help the artist develop technical and harmonic skill that can be applied to any style of improvisation.

The exercises are presented in different tonalities. Refer to the Scale Thesaurus for more information about applying the scales to chords. The Scales and Their Relative Chord types chart presents possibilities for using scales in both parallel (same root as given chord) and non-parallel (different root from given chord) settings.

Vol. 1, 2, 3 Files
NEW! Select to access Vol. 1 AAC audio play-alongs in Concert, other keys will be posted soon.Creative_Jazz_Ex._Vol._1_files/