So there isn't a lot of touring, and for some students, there are few or maybe no local gigs to give them a chance for bandstand experience. And I admit, while the bandstand is a great place to learn, you also need to have a concept together before you get on the bandstand. So how can a young player work out their ideas without a steady gig or even a decent rhythm section at their disposal?
However, the Aebersolds are specifically designed for jazz and to help you learn how to improvise. The first few in the series of 126 recordings are focused on the basics: chords and scales, ii V I progressions, and blues forms. Eventually there are recordings that feature the repertoire of one jazz great, such as Charlie Parker, or Miles Davis, or Cannonball Adderly. There are accompanying books of course, and the charts of each song are clearly written, and also transposed for Bb, Eb, and Bass Clef instruments. Furthermore, the solo forms are clearly delineated, and for each chord, there is an appropriate scale written. It's essentially handing you the keys to the gate of jazz improvisation on a silver platter!
|The great Ben Riley|
I believe that having the experience of playing in time with a recorded rhythm section is a form of training. One-it trains you to play in time in a more stimulating way then if you only played with a metronome. Two- it reinforces the form of these tunes. Three- it trains you to play and listen simultaneously. All of these things are essential for playing real jazz, and these things-time,form,and listening, are so often missing from young jazz players.
|Sheets of Sound.....|
Link to Jamey Aebersold site