excellent book, useful to beginners as well as advanced players."
Michael Brecker - saxophonist
"Dan has done a marvelous job of dissecting the blues and then bringing all the pieces back together so you can make beautiful music."
Jamey Aebersold, one of the world's foremost jazz educators
"A good method for teaching blues and jazz improvising to beginning students has been much needed. Finally that need has been filled."
Junior Mance, pianist with Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, etc.
"Finally a conscientious educator has created a method which focuses on blues scales. Don't miss this book!"
Reggie Workman, bassist with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, etc.
THIS GROUND-BREAKING BOOK/CD package will show you (or your students)
how to use the Major and Minor Blues Scales to improvise meaningful
soloswithout having to first master all the scales and chords
of a tune.
GOOD FOR ALL LEVELS - Essential for beginners, perfect for intermediate students, and even useful for professional players to hone their skills on this crucialand often neglectedpart of the jazz language.
ACCOMPANYING CD by author Dan Greenblatt and his quartet of swinging, New York jazz musicians shows how each exercise should sound. And it also gives the student numerous play-along tracks to practice with.
GREAT TRANSCRIPTIONS from Miles, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Dave Sanborn, Michael Brecker and many more, showing how the Blues Scales are actually used in various styles of jazz.
THE ONLY COMPREHENSIVE BOOK ON THE BLUES SCALES EVER PUBLISHED!
88 page text, plus CD. Available in C, Bb, and Eb Versions
"An excellent addition to the growing number of books and CDs
dedicated to mastering the art of jazz improvisation. Useful to beginners
as well as advanced players, The Blues Scales admirably addresses
the vocabulary of the blues---the 'root of jazz.' "
"To actually play the blues, you have to know what's in the blues.
Dan has done a marvelous job of dissecting the blues and then bringing
all the pieces back together so you can make beautiful music. This book
will help those who want to have fun playing the blues."
"Dan has done a great job with this book! A good method for teaching
blues and jazz improvising to beginning students has been much needed.
It has been a long time coming, but finally that need has been filled."
"Finally a conscientious educator has created a method which focuses
on blues scales. It's sure to enhance the aspiring improvisor's vocabulary,
as well as expand their ideas for composing. Dan Greenblatt's style
of conveying this information is crystal clear, and this will help the
aspiring student to become a far more impressive improvisor. Don't miss
this book if you wish to strengthen your musical articulation."
"I have seen first-hand how well Dan's systematic and insightful
approach to teaching jazz improvisation works with students. With the
publication of this book, jazz educators finally have a clearly presented
method for teaching improvisation, with the goal of helping students
develop the necessary vocabulary to create intelligent, authentic and
inspired jazz solos that actually deal with the changes! 'The Blues
Scales' will become my essential tool for teaching improvisation at
Roosevelt High School."
"This is a valuable book, with an innovative and well-explained
approach to using Blues Scales in jazz improvisation."