Chord/Scales and Diagrammed Approaches for Improvisation

by John High



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 16/07/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781420842890

About the Book

Chord/Scales and Diagrammed Approaches for Improvisation is a must for the serious improviser aspiring to play music at its highest level. This book is a compilation of personal research on the art of improvisation acquired through years of classroom study, private study, music workshops, jam sessions and countless hours of experimentation. It is comprised of essential chord/scales, techniques, and playing patterns necessary for the development of musicianship and virtuosity. Diagrams are included as visual aids for developing strategies for quick recall and coherent improvisation. In addition, musical examples are transposed to all keys for precise learning.

Chord/Scales and Diagrammed Approaches for Improvisation will greatly facilitate improvisers in developing a multidimensional approach to performance. Whatever anyone gleans from this book will help him or her to become a better musician.

About the Author

John High, jazz saxophonist and music educator, holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.M. degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music Education from Vander Cook College of Music of Chicago, Illinois. 

High received much of his jazz training under the direction of Jimmy Cheatham, Richard Davis, Tony King, Manty Ellis, Berkeley Fudge and William ‘Buddy’ Collette.  High has participated in jazz workshops presented by Barry Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, James Moody, Richard Davis, Bunky Green and other notable jazz artists.

During his Conservatory Training, High was a member of the jazz honors combo.  The jazz honors combo won numerous awards from the University of Notre Dame-Indiana, Elmhurst College-Illinois and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festivals.

High has appeared with Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham, Jesse Hauck, Manty Ellis and Berkeley Fudge.  John has also toured nationally and internationally with gospel music productions and US Army Bands.

John currently teaches instrumental music for the Wauwatosa School District of Wisconsin.  He is the Senior Pastor of No Middle Ground Worship Center –Milwaukee, Wisconsin and co-owner and recording artist with Highest Praise Records Inc.