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The Technique And Theory Of Improvisation By Bill McBirnie


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Renowned jazz and Latin flutist, Bill McBirnie, provides a roadmap to success in improvisation

The Technique and Theory of Improvisation is a concise but comprehensive guide to (1) the technique (articulation, vibrato, and breathing), and (2) the theory (rhythm, melody and harmony) that are essential in learning to improvise.

This book also addresses how to integrate the technique with the theory using a simple melodic approach.

In addition, the book examines practical issues such as analyzing tunes, using an idiomatic approach, and transcribing, with plenty of examples and illustrations.

As Sir James Galway points out in the Foreword, this is a really useful and valuable source of reference for the aspiring student and the experienced performer or teacher.

Reader Reactions

Any success I have on flute is due to your excellent book. It’s straightforward enough for a jazz newbie and comprehensive enough for medium to advanced players as a expert reference guide. Moreover, I think it has the power to refresh and recharge teachers and players alike. I am really honoured you shared it with me. My thanks is long overdue.

Bill has released his new book and it’s worth a look for every musician. It’s well written, well thought out, and every page is full of useful and practical information.

Precise, concise, with an underlying spirit of wisdom steeped in the affair we call life. Well done, Bill.

I was working through this exercise book yesterday and it reminded me of our lessons together. You have really distilled the essence of your playing philosophy in this book! It is a useful resource to have, and a helpful reminder of so many of your important teachings.

A great new guide by Bill McBirnie. Check it out! Thanks for writing this book!

What a gem, Bill!

The Technique And Theory Of Improvisation is a must have.

I've been working with your book for the past couple of months. What a treasure! I am learning so much. Thank you for your amazing work!

The Technique And Theory Of Improvisation is now available at all Amazon Websites.

About Bill McBirnie

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill has also been solicited by no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official web site.

Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emile-Claire Barlow. Needless to say, Bill has performed and recorded extensively with Toronto's finest musicians and is a longstanding charter member of Bernie Senensky's Moe Koffman Tribute Band.

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