[Dixielandjazz] Re: [Fwd: Jimmy Dorsey's Book]
russg at redshift.com
Sat Sep 13 02:02:25 PDT 2003
> To sax players who have the time & patience to read books:
> Jimmy Dorsey wrote a Saxophone method book, published many, many years
> ago by "Big 3" and, later by CPP Belwin, Inc., Miami Florida. It is
> called "Jimmy Dorsey Saxophone Method, A School of Rhythmic Saxophone
> The book is a beginner's book with the audacity to include advanced
> material. It starts off with basics and ends with tricky syncopated
> exercises well worth playing over and over.
> In the middle, he discusses chords and improv and it is one of best
> discussions I've ever read. It is in this book that I learned about
> "passing" and "auxiliary" notes. [ However, I still do not know what
> the difference is as they seem to be performing the same function].
> Have you ever discussed passing and auxiliary notes with your musical
> buddies? No? I didn't think so. They are the Salt and Pepper of the
> art of improv. You do them all the time, probably without knowledge of
> what they are and why they work so well.
> Well, I still seem to play better with my ear rather than reading every
> chord on the page. But, it is sometimes interesting to know technically
> why something sounds pretty good.
> Do you know why it is useful to read a lead sheet? When the music
> changes tonal centers or key. Instead of fumbling around a few seconds
> to find yourself, you just look at the lead sheet and you know what's
> happening. Or, you look ahead and see it coming and you smooth right
> into the new section seamlessly. This only is needed if you are playing
> new material or with a new band that plays tunes with which you're not
> Russ Guarino
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