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CONVERSATION STARTERS

“Conversation Starters” was an idea I’ve had for awhile; to compile a list of vocabulary unique to common chordal progressions in jazz. From a young age, jazz students hear from teachers that jazz is “like a conversation”. Part of that conversation is heavily reliant on having the vocabulary necessary to have a dialogue with ones bandmates.

This book contains 180 different pieces of jazz vocabulary to get the conversation started. The first 30 lines are written over a ii-V7 of regular length and as a “quick ii-v7” and their composition is decidedly linear, with exception to the last five lines in the “quick ii-V7” lines, which begin to take inspiration from larger intervals.

Starting with the “half-step ii-V7” lines, the first five lines for each progression are written in a linear, bebop style and are in more standard ranges. The second five lines for each progression make use of larger intervals. Offering contrasting lines is a way to diversify ones vocabulary and thus it is the hope of the author that the student identifies ways in which the harmonic content of the lines remains similar, but the message is delivered in starkly different ways.

Although all of the lines in this book could be learned in all 12 keys, the student will find that the construction of the first set of lines for each progression lend themselves to transposition in all twelve keys with greater ease than those constructed with larger intervals.

Every effort has been made to spell the pitches with enharmonic accuracy. However, there are certain scenarios in which the author has taken liberty to maximize ease of playability.

It is the hope of author that this book will provide many practical and fresh ways to play over crucial chord progressions that occur in hundreds of standards.

PRE-ORDER now and receive a free pdf sampler of etudes from Leaps and Sounds Volume I and II. PDF orders will be sent out on or before May 1st to the email address provided at point of purchase.

Enjoy the book and expand your vocabulary!

**If purchasing an e-book, you will receive two emails; one that confirms receipt of purchase and a separate email from "Pulley", which is the application that provides the download link. If you do not see a link from Pulley, please check your spam/junk mail folders, as it can sometime be sent there. If you have any further issues, please send an email to conversationstarters2019@gmail.com with your name and order number and someone will reach out to you with more assistance. 

Physical copies are currently being shipped within the U.S. If you would prefer a physical copy but live outside of the shipping range, please send an email to conversationstarters@gmail.com to inquire about shipping costs to your area. 

All items are shipped via media mail and the turnaround time for that shipping method is 2-10 days, depending on how far the item must travel. 

LEAPS AND SOUNDS

Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone, is currently available in physical and e-book delivery. The book is available for bass clef instruments, only as an e-book. 

If purchasing an e-book, you will receive two emails; one that confirms receipt of purchase and a separate email from "Pulley", which is the application that provides the download link. If you do not see a link from Pulley, please check your spam/junk mail folders, as it can sometime be sent there. If you have any further issues, please send an email to leapsandsounds2018@gmail.com with your name and order number and someone will reach out to you with more assistance. 

Physical copies are currently being shipped within the U.S. If you would prefer a physical copy but live outside of the shipping range, please send an email to leapsandsounds2018@gmail.com to inquire about shipping costs to your area. 

All items are shipped via media mail and the turnaround time for that shipping method is 2-10 days, depending on how far the item must travel. 

The lead sheets for my third and fourth record are available for purchase and come in one PDF file that is delivered via Pulley upon purchase. 

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