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Essential Elements Jazz

Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble is a comprehensive method for jazz style and improvisation written by renowned jazz musician and educator Mike Steinel from the University of North Texas. This series provides a great starting point for young musicians to learn the style and nuances of jazz music as well as an introduction to improvisation and more advanced concepts.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE

A Comprehensive Method for Jazz Style and Improvisation

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Each Book Includes My EE Library

  • Every exercise and arrangement recorded by professionals
  • Repeated exercises feature rhythm section only
  • Download / Stream at www.myeelibrary.com.

The basics of jazz style

  • How jazz and "traditional" music are different
  • Swing style introduced gradually using scat syllables
  • Includes Swing Era, Bebop and Latin/Rock

Quick start the rhythm section

  • Includes additional specialized material for piano, guitar, bass and drums
  • Rhythm players can either play along with the full band or study individually

Jazz history and people

  • Basic stylistic periods
  • Composers and performers

7 full band arrangements

  • Carefully paced performance pieces
  • Sample improvised solos included

Improvisation made easy

  • Starts with 2-measure phrases
  • Teaches how to "jazz up" a melody
  • Matches correct scales with chords

Individual Instrument Books

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS JAZZ PLAY-ALONG

Jazz Play-Along Books for Beginning Improvisation
by Michael Sweeney and Mike Steinel

  • Ideal for introducing improvisation to developing players
  • Introduces well-known songs
  • Professionally recorded play-along audio CD with Tempo Adjustment Software (for computer)
  • Choice of full recording (with melody) or rhythm section only
  • Sample written solos and improvising hints
  • Rhythm book includes bass lines, piano voicings and drum patterns
  • Scale/chord correlation chart
  • Biographical sketches of key jazz figures

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE SERIES - Grade 1-2

Full jazz ensemble performance compositions and arrangements
by Mike Steinel and Michael Sweeney

  • Written for full band, playable with 3 Saxes, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Rhythm Section
  • Uses concepts taught in the Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble Method Book
  • Each arrangement is a self-contained teaching unit with exercises for melody, rhythm, and improvisation
  • Full-length recordings available for each arrangement