Hal Leonard

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Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble is a comprehensive method for jazz style and improvisation written by renowned jazz musician and educator Mike Steinel from the University of North Texas. This series provides a great starting point for young musicians to learn the style and nuances of jazz music as well as an introduction to improvisation and more advanced concepts. Online audio play-along tracks help you learn.

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Each Book Includes My EE Library
  • Every exercise and arrangement recorded by professionals
  • Repeated exercises feature rhythm section only
The basics of jazz style
  • How jazz and "traditional" music are different
  • Swing style introduced gradually using scat syllables
  • Includes Swing Era, Bebop and Latin/Rock
Quick start the rhythm section
  • Includes additional specialized material for piano, guitar, bass and drums
  • Rhythm players can either play along with the full band or study individually
Jazz history and people
  • Basic stylistic periods
  • Composers and performers
7 full band arrangements
  • Carefully paced performance pieces
  • Sample improvised solos included
Improvisation made easy
  • Starts with 2-measure phrases
  • Teaches how to "jazz up" a melody
  • Matches correct scales with chords

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  • Book with online audio
  • 32 pages
  • Size: 12 x 9 in.
  • Composer: Mike Steinel
  • ISBN: 793596270