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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.


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

Free Book Sample


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


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