Improv Pathways: Beginning Jazz Improvisation Method for Tenor Saxophone
Improv Pathway’s 18 lessons will guide you along 9 critical “pathways” to mastering jazz improvisation on the tenor saxophone. You can understand complex concepts through step-by-step Vocabulary, improvise instantly in Group Improv exercises, and learn to play your instrument with soulful Expression. Memorize great jazz licks and learn to play-by-ear through 15 levels of call-and-response Patterns. Master important Comping skills and explore ways to build a solo while Improvising. Become familiar with the History of jazz, and easily Transcribe great solos. Lastly, show off your amazing improvisation skills through Performance with six exciting songs. The included CD is packed with inspiring solos, examples from each lesson, and motivating play-along tracks. Improv Pathways will get you on the road to becoming a master jazz soloist!
About the Author: Curtis Winters
Curtis Winters studied music education at Brigham Young University, playing and soloing in the elite Synthesis jazz ensemble. After graduating he settled into his dream job as a junior high band director in Orem, Utah. During his 16 years in public music education he also taught improvisation at summer jazz camps with award-winning director Caleb Chapman and Grammy award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin. In 2009 Curtis returned to BYU and devoted several years to scholarly research while developing and testing the ultimate jazz improvisation method: Improv Pathways. Curtis continues to teach junior high band, and loves working with young musicians, composing, and playing jazz trombone.