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BackUp Trax: Swing & Jazz, Vol. 1
BackUP Trax: Swing & Jazz, Vol. 1 By Dix Bruce. Learn melodies and practice soloing on twelve of the most popular and important chord progressions in the swing and jazz repertoire cycle of fifths, major and minor progressions with two-five-one, one-six-two-five-one, one-three-six-two-five-one chord changes, major, minor & 6/8 blues and much more all with changes and etudes based on your favorite swing and jazz hits like Sweet Georgia Brown, Georgia On My Mind, In A Mellowtone, Honeysuckle Rose, I Got Rhythm, Lady Be Good, How High the Moon, Summertime, blues in several keys, and more!*
Play along with a uniquely hot string rhythm section: guitar (Dix Bruce), mandolin (Bob Alekno), and bass (Mike Wollenberg) excellent for string players. No matter what instrument you play, we have a version in your key: C, Bb, Eb and bass.
On Bb, Eb and Bass edition recordings melodies are played on tenor sax by the late great Lin Patch; on C edition recording melodies are played on guitar by Dix Bruce. (C book is especially designed for string musicians and includes guitar and mandolin tablature & chord diagrams. It's especially useful as a primer and transition tool for bluegrass, old time and country players interested in branching out to swing & jazz.) We'll jam all night long!
Students play all the leads while the band backs them up. Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace.
Melodies are first presented on the recording at a slow speed with just guitar, then each is repeated at regular speed with the band. Split track mixing on the recording allows the student to hear just the melody (while reading along in the book) or just the rhythm section, or both for maximum flexibility and specific study. Finally the band plays several choruses and you play all the leads. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. Potential for improvement is unlimited.
Four formats: CD & book set for Concert pitch instruments (piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, banjo, etc.); Bb book set (trumpet, tenor sax, clarinet, etc.); Eb book set (alto sax); and Bass book set (trombone, tuba, double bass, etc.). All books include chord notations in the accompaniment.
Four formats: book for Concert pitch instruments (piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, banjo, etc.); Bb book set (trumpet, tenor sax, clarinet, etc.); Eb book set (alto sax); and Bass book set (trombone, tuba, double bass, etc.). All books include chord notations in the accompaniment.
Attention Guitarists: A wonderful companion volume aimed specifically at teaching you all the rhythm chords you need to play Swing & Jazz in a systematic way is Mel Bay's "Rhythm Guitar Chord System."Rhythm Guitar Chord System
* Note: The publisher was not able to license the melodies to the standards. In lieu of them we have included etudes or solos to chord changes very similar to those of the original. In the list at right, titles are also based on the original title. For example, “Solo the Sun” is based on the chord changes to “How High the Moon.” All are identified in the text. Etudes can be used as solos on the songs.
A note on the recordings that accompany the books: Our main publisher, Mel Bay Publications, has decided to stop including CDs with their instructional books in favor of audio downloads.
BackUP Trax: Swing & Jazz Vol. 1 for Guitar, banjo, piano, violin, mandolin, flute, and all other "C" instruments is no longer available with CDs, only downloads. However, we will make CDs available to those of you who would still like to have the audio on CD. They'll only available when you buy the book. See the link below.
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Swing & Jazz, Vol. 1
|BackUP Trax: Swing & Jazz Vol. 1 book & CD set (Except where noted): Regular price $17.95.
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