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March 9, 2006 | Play Along

Play Along CDs

An excellent "bridge" taking your improvisation from practice room to stage is to incorporate "Play Along" tracks into your practice time. Nothing like using a rhythm section that won't grow weary of playing (let alone, weary of YOUR playing...).

For the past three decades, Jamey Aebersold Jazz has been the leader of abundant opportunity to jam along with a world class rhythm section. Check out the website for scores of collections of traditional (Fakebook) notation and accompaniment CDs. Categories include Standards, Improv Technique, Bebop, Blues, Latin, and specific Artists.

You'll be amazed at how time flies while playing through these, and how much confidence you'll attain investing your practicing tackling these.

Many to choose, but our personal faves:

All Time Standards V25DS

Jam Session V34DS

Night and Day V51DS

Yesterdays (Jerome Kern) V55DS

Unforgetable Standards V58DS

Antonio Carlos Jobim (Latin) V98DS

Nothin' but Blues V02DS

Turnaround, Cycles, & "ii/V7s" V16DS

The "ii/V7/I" Progression V03DS

Posted by Ted at March 9, 2006 11:40 AM

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