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New Books from Hal Leonard

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  • Print & Digital
• Created: December 3, 2018

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Written by acclaimed musician and educator Matthew Rybicki, the Jazz Bass Method is a complete guide to learning jazz bass and includes lessons on walking basics, chords and scales, blues, rhythm changes, string raking, soloing, technique, chord substitution, pedal points and ostinato, standard notation plus tab for electric bass, and more.

In addition to lessons, the book includes access to audio examples online, which are available for download and streaming using a unique code in the book. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right. Hal Leonard Jazz Bass Method retails for $19.99.

Lee Evans’s new 60-page intermediate/upper intermediate level book Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises: An Engaging Way to Practice Scales While Learning Jazz ($12.99) provides notation and fingering for major, melodic minor and harmonic minor scales in all 12 keys (36 scales), plus three short jazz exercises for each (108 jazz examples.) These serve to reinforce the fingers and patterns, as well as provide the pianist with a strong sense of the melodies, rhythms and harmonies that are integral to jazz.

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