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New Improvisation Method: Ed Byrne's Linear Improvisation

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Ed Byrne's Linear Improvisation introduces my new improvisation method, Linear Improvisation.

Book I lays out the concepts, with examples done in state of the art Finale notation.

Book II (for all instruments) applies the concept of chromatic targeting to triads.

Book III (for all instruments) applies this concept to the 11 seventh chords.

Below are some of the things covered in Linear Improvisation:
  • Develop your tonal memory and extend your vocabulary.
  • Learn to improvise on a tune's primary materials: the reduced melody and the essential rhythms of the composition at hand.
  • Learn tunes more quickly and effectively. Go directly to the heart of the composition. Linear Improvisation will enable you to develop in the most direct fashion.
  • Target melodies of essential melody notes with chromatic groupings.
  • Combine reduced melody targeting with the reduced and simplified rhythms of a given piece.
  • Apply these essentials to the blues, as well as any other type of tune.
  • Use Pitch Collections derived from combining the melody and harmony of the composition.
  • Derive scales from the keys of a song--without need for Greek names or complex theory.
  • Develop your sonic fingerprint (personal style), and become a convincing musical public speaker.

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