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Getting Your Improvising Into Shape by David Becker

The CD fascinates! Why? Because it has 89 selections that explain musically for the ear what improvising is all about! David Becker excels on the CD. A fine jazz guitarist and recording artist, his style is precise and exact.

An interesting biography of the author is included. As a reference book, this spiral paperback is top-notch and something to rely on for the study of items related to improvising.

Following the introduction are thirteen chapters. Each chapter approaches a different aspect of improvising.

These chapters give reliable information, and it is a hands-on approach for the guitarist. Some of the topics covered include dispersed chord scale, altered dominants, a well-presented section on fragments, augmented triads, connecting shapes with chromatics, and progressions.

There is much to learn from this book on improvising. David Becker shares some great information! For further information, the book lists David Beckers web site as

Enjoy the fine art of improvising with a master of the medium. Becker is a genuine jazz poet of the guitar and the leader of the David Becker Tribune a jazz group that has performed in over fifteen countries.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Getting Your Improvising Into Shape
  • Author: David Becker
  • Publisher: Mel Bay
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Book Type:: Musical Instruction
  • ISBN: 786672773
  • Rating: Four Stars
  • Number of Pages: 64
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