A Jazz Improvisation Primer
A Jazz Improvisation Primer was one of the very first jazz education resources ever to appear on the World Wide Web, debuting back in the 1990's. It has followed me through several different web site designs, crashes, and redesigns. I intend to always keep this freely available, and now I also plan to bring you additional material as well.
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This is the online version of my text, A Jazz Improvisation Primer. Here you can find information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group.
A German translation, by Edgar Lins, is online, at http://msjipde.uteedgar-lins.de. There is also a Hungarian translation at http://w3.enternet.hu/mbha/primer_hu/primer.htm, provided by Makrai Balázs. A Portuguese translation by Cláudio Brandt can be found at http://www.jazzbossa.com/sabatella/. And now there is a French version at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2tbTbSnPCzbSkgweDA0RFI5WWc/view?usp=sharing&resourcekey=0-W0CFdpVSAd7NJ4HVPE2MFQ. Portions of this text are available in Italian, courtesy of Roberto Betti, at http://web.archive.org/web/20040518063107/http://www.geocities.com/brittu.geo/Jip/JIPmain.html.
A Jazz Improvisation Primer is brought to you by Outside Shore Music. While this text is freely browsable, there is no downloadable version of this material. If you would like a printed copy, you can purchase the published version, A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation. If you would like to support the online version, consider making a donation.
By the way, this work has been online since 1992, so if parts of it seem a bit dated, that's why. Some day I may update it, but as it stands, it's really a piece of Internet history - almost without doubt, the first jazz education resource ever published on the web.
- Ed Price ([email protected]), for the conversion of this resource into hypertext!
- Joe Germuska ([email protected]), who housed the primer on his WNUR-FM JazzWebserver until I found space for it myself.
- Gertjan van Oosten ([email protected]), for various suggestions and the circle-of-fifths image.
- Richard M. Metzger ([email protected])
- Scott A. Lehman ([email protected])
- Roger Chaplin ([email protected])