Titles now available on Apple Books

by award-winning jazz educator Buster Birch

 

 

The Savvy Guide To Scales

A thorough presentation of the theory of scales and an engaging, interactive play-along practice guide in all 12 keys.  Each book includes transpositions of every exercise in concert pitch, Bb pitch, Eb pitch and bass clef, making them suitable for virtually any instrument. 
 

The "Savvy Guide To Scales" series of music tuition books are meant for...

  • Less experienced musicians who want a clear explanation of scales theory

  • More experienced musicians who want a thorough practice routine in all 12 keys

  • Music teachers who want to find a fun and engaging way to incorporate scales into their lessons

     

The "How To Learn To Improvise" series

Each book focuses on one particular concept or skill required for improvising. The books include many exercises and practice routines developed over hundreds of jazz improvisation workshops. These are tried and tested methods which many students have found extremely beneficial to their progress. The books include many notated exercises with play-along audio files embedded in the book. 
Separate editions are available for concert pitch, Bb pitch, Eb pitch and bass clef.
 

The "How To Learn To Improvise" series of music tuition books are meant for...

  • Musicians who have little or no experience with improvising and do not know where to start. 

  • Musicians who have some experience of improvising but want a less “hit and miss” approach. 

  • Music teachers who want to include improvisation in their lessons, but have little experience in how to teach it.

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The Savvy Guide To Scales

Included in each book are all of the transpositions for concert pitch, bass Clef, Bb and Eb instruments

Please click the book cover to download a free sample or purchase the full version.
 

A thorough and clear explanation of the theory of scales is given in each book using the number system and interval sequence. Scale and arpeggio practice exercises are notated in all 12 keys and every exercise has four play-along audio tracks at various tempos from 90bpm to 180bpm. These interactive practice guides provide an engaging and fun resource for virtually any instrument. 

How To Teach Improvisation:

A simple method to get every student improvising

Included in this one book are all of the transpositions for concert pitch, bass Clef, Bb and Eb instruments

Please click the book cover to download a free sample or purchase the full version.

Based on a tried and tested series of simple exercises that Buster uses in his "Introduction to Improvising" series of workshops, this book includes all of the material and exercises for all four transpositions, so can be used by virtually any instrument. With everything that is included here almost any music teacher could help their students to begin to improvise with confidence and understanding. This interactive digital book includes... Ear training exercises using 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 note phrases, an introduction to the Minor Pentatonic Scale, an introduction to Question & Answer phrasing, backing tracks in different styles and tempos to practice along with, how to compose a riff blues using Q&A phrasing, a sample composition and arrangement to learn and practice soloing along with. Multiple copies of the book can be used in a class scenario to teach groups of students.

 

How To Learn To Improvise with Minor Pentatonic Scales

Available in four editions for concert pitch, bass clef, Bb and Eb instruments

Please click the book cover to download a free sample or purchase the full version.

 

How To Learn To Improvise using Minor Pentatonic Scales is written for any musicians on any instrument interested in learning how to learn to improvise. Unlike a lot of other available material on this subject it isn’t just about the theory. It is about the process of learning and provides a series of practical exercises that break down, what can feel like for some, a huge leap in to small manageable steps. It is a tried and tested practical method that is thorough and gradually moves the student away from playing scales up and down to creating melodic phrases and gives them the confidence to improvise and not get lost in the form.  

 

This interactive digital book includes... 

• Clear guidance and instruction for each exercise and harmonic analysis showing how each scale fits with each chord sequence

• 189 pages

• 369 notated musical examples 

• A thorough practice routine and series of exercises in all 12 keys

• 1340 play-along audio files embedded directly in the book 

• 7 different backing tracks for practicing improvising in various different styles, including Swing, Bossa Nova, Pop and Blues, with all exercises in all 12 keys

 

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How To Learn To Improvise with Jazz Chord Symbols vol1

Available in four editions for concert pitch, bass clef, Bb and Eb instruments

Please click the book cover to download a free sample or purchase the full version.

 

The third book in the series "How To Learn To Improvise with Jazz Chord Symbols vol 1“ looks at the three most common types of jazz chord symbols (the ii-V-I) and how they function in all 12 keys. It includes a clear and easy to understand explanation of jazz chord symbols in general, different chord types, diatonic harmony, the ii-V-I chord sequence, voicings and orchestration, all with notated examples and embedded audio files to demonstrate and help recognise the different sounds (in all 12 keys). It also features a series of unique interactive flashcard chord symbol tests to be played on your instrument (from slow to fast) to improve “speed of recognition” when seeing chord symbols, giving you a “real-time” experience to challenge how well you know your chord symbols. There are also exercises and routines for learning ii-V-I chord sequences and backing tracks to practice within all 12 keys at various tempos.