John O'Neill

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Following on from the best-selling Jazz Method for Clarinet, Developing Jazz Technique for Clarinet will help the intermediate player take their jazz skills to a new level. The 22 pieces are written in a variety of styles, including blues, swing, New Orleans, ragtime, jazz-rock, bossa nova, samba, salsa, calypso, reggae and South African. Particular emphasis is given to helping the student improvise over chord sequences, such as the II-V-I progression. Idiomatic effects like vibrato, subtone and ‘bending’ notes are dealt with. Several new scales are introduced, including the whole-tone and diminished scales, and a section dedicated to patterns contains many ideas for practising in all twelve keys. A superb rhythm section provides backing for all the pieces and exercises on the accompanying CD.


The jazz method for clarinet