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    Default "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    Hi Everyone,

    I am proud to announce a new eBook and physical book I Co-wrote which is now available TODAY that I have been working on to aid students learning how to play jazz.

    This book is the ultimate toolbox for any aspiring jazz player and for all instruments!

    "The purpose of Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor is to provide a straight forward encyclopedia of great sounding melodic shapes (“licks”) over standard jazz ii-V-I harmony. By practicing these lines, improvisors will train their ears to play and manipulate changes over functional jazz harmony. Instead of dealing with the frustrations of searching for what to play during performance and practice situations, one will have access to a toolbox of information and knowledge to draw and learn from. Through diligent practice, improvisors will eventually reach the end goal of creating their own improvised lines in real time."

    Topics covered: Chromaticism, Diminished Scale, Bebop Lines, Altered Scale, Tension and Release

    The book is a plethora of ONE HUNDRED ii-V-I jazz vocabulary (lines and licks) transposed in twelve keys for you to practice on your instrument.

    The special thing about is book is the altered notes and tensions are outlined in colors, so you can physically see tension and release in these jazz lines.

    Furthermore, they're great sounding ideas and lines - stuff you can use and play on the bandstand that sounds hip and killer.

    The price is 20.00$ USD + shipping costs via paypal. You can either purchase an INSTANT PDF or physical copy!

    Just message via private message to order your copy today. Email:Timlinjazz@gmail.com

    You can find out more about me here: www.timlinmusic.com
    Youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCm...jcFHp37khL3WuQ

    So far we have been receiving fantastic reviews for the book.

    Here are what the pros are saying about the book:

    “Tim and Alex's book is full of practical and instructive melodic patterns for jazz players on all instruments. The material is organized in two and four bar phrases that work beautifully over major and minor II V I progressions in all keys. This is a great starting point for improvisors new to jazz as well as more advanced players.”

    Russell Ferrante
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    The Yellowjackets, USC Faculty

    “Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor is an excellent tool for the nuts and bolts of jazz's most influential progression. It teaches the beginning student how to sequence an idea and take it through the keys to establish the concept of theme and melodic development. When used in conjunction with the practice routine of learning melodies, solos, and transcription, the student will become familiar with the most beautiful universal language we know called Jazz. Have a ball!!!!!!!!”

    Garry Dial
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    Head of Improvisation Manhattan School of Music, The New School and City College Faculty
    Online teaching of Charlie Banacos in conjunction with the Banacos Family

    "You will find great twists and turns in these ii-V’s. Lots of fun lines to practice to enhance your tool chest.”

    Bob Sheppard
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    International Jazz Recording Artist and Woodwind Specialist, USC Faculty

    “Tim and Alex's book is an excellent resource. It is very eloquently divided into six main harmonic sections with very practical applications. The section which describes and informs the student on how to practice is divided in a very applicable and sequential method. The phrases themselves are very idiomatic of the great masters of the bebop and hard bop tradition, and are organized very methodically and in escalating difficulty, utilizing enclosures, modes of melodic minor, and symmetrical scales in very idiomatic and creative ways. I would highly recommend this volume to intermediate and advanced jazz students who are looking for an organized method, and as a way to deepen their knowledge and vocabulary of melodic passages in the mainstream jazz tradition.”

    Dr. Joe Gilman
    www.joegilman.com
    American River College, CSU Sacramento, Brubeck Institute, Stanford Jazz Faculty

    "This book pays homage to the late great Jazz educator David Baker in helping further jazz education in an authentic and thorough way. This book is good for beginner and intermediate musicians by looking at the ideas from different starting points in the measure and being transposed to all twelve keys. It is also good for advanced players because it may expose them to new ideas along the lines of previously learned motifs. An essential guide for teaching II-V analysis and conception, this is a book I would recommend to anyone.”

    Dr. Mitch Butler
    www.mitchbutler.net
    Director of Jazz Studies
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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmmy View Post
    The special thing about is book is the altered notes and tensions are outlined in colors, so you can physically see tension and release in these jazz lines.
    This sounds like an interesting idea. In the attachment on altered scales, however, the idea isn't implemented. It would have been nice to see how this idea works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPWGibson View Post
    This sounds like an interesting idea. In the attachment on altered scales, however, the idea isn't implemented. It would have been nice to see how this idea works.

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    HI JPWGibson,
    Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention. I've revised the original post with altered line sample with the idea implemented, which is the case for the entire book. I believe that attachment you sent was from a different post that I made a couple months ago providing the SOTW with a free altered lick PDF.
    Thanks for your support!

    Everyone - please view the attachments in the file (There is a lot of content there so you can see a SAMPLE of what you're getting)

    Thanks so much SOTW community for the lovely support - been receiving great feedback!

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    Default Re: Melodic Shapes For the Modern Improvisor Book: 100 Essential ii-V-I patterns transposed w/ free sample PDFS

    The purpose of Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor is to provide a straight forward encyclopedia of great sounding melodic shapes (“licks”) over standard jazz ii-V-I harmony. By practicing these lines, improvisors will train their ears to play and manipulate changes over functional jazz harmony. Instead of dealing with the frustrations of searching for what to play during performance and practice situations, one will have access to a toolbox of information and knowledge to draw and learn from. Through diligent practice, improvisors will eventually reach the end goal of creating their own improvised lines in real time.

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    To quote the bookL "The purpose of Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor is to provide a straight forward encyclopedia of great sounding melodic shapes (“licks”) over standard jazz ii-V-I harmony. By practicing these lines, improvisors will train their ears to play and manipulate changes over functional jazz harmony. Instead of dealing with the frustrations of searching for what to play during performance and practice situations, one will have access to a toolbox of information and knowledge to draw and learn from. Through diligent practice, improvisors will eventually reach the end goal of creating their own improvised lines in real time."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPWGibson View Post
    This sounds like an interesting idea. In the attachment on altered scales, however, the idea isn't implemented. It would have been nice to see how this idea works.

    AlteredScale.jpg
    Here ya go, I just did a two-hour session on this page. start at the back always I say! L0L

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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    Quote Originally Posted by timmmy View Post
    Through diligent practice, improvisors will eventually reach the end goal of creating their own improvised lines in real time."
    Yeah man! Hopefully, and one step at a time.

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    And don't forget to take ya massive sword to our all too common enemy, "Mr. Impatience"

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    chop him off at the head , every time! L0L
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmmy View Post
    HI JPWGibson, Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention. I've revised the original post with altered line sample with the idea implemented, which is the case for the entire book. I believe that attachment you sent was from a different post that I made a couple months ago providing the SOTW with a free altered lick PDF!
    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the correction. The tension notes in red look great. I used to do something similar when I was analyzing solos, and found it helpful. I hope the book is a success both for you and all those who use it.

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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    Really great book...I'm happy with my copy and will use it with my students. Thanks again

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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    Why do you call it the "Symmetric Dimished" scale? Isn't it just a standard dimished scale? They are always symmetrical.
    Life is too short for long tones

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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    Why do you call it the "Symmetric Dimished" scale? Isn't it just a standard dimished scale? They are always symmetrical.
    There is always a symmetric pattern depending on the chord. Half Whole on Dominant, Whole Half on Diminished...

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    Great work, Tim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmmy View Post
    There is always a symmetric pattern depending on the chord. Half Whole on Dominant, Whole Half on Diminished...
    yes, exactly. Therefore there is no need for the word symmetrical. Just as we would not say "the symmetrical whole tone scale".
    Life is too short for long tones

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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    ok!
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    Now, get the pdf book dude, great material to work on, no matter what level one is at - $20, cheap as chips!

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    Thanks so much!!!

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    Default Re: Melodic Shapes For the Modern Improvisor Book: 100 Essential ii-V-I patterns transposed w/ free sample PDFS

    I just got my copy and this is an awesome book! What sets it aside from other ii-V-I pattern books is one crucial element: it has TASTE! These patterns are consistently interesting and unique, and are arranged in such a way that they really teach the fundamental elements of each lick, so you can begin to improvise your OWN vocabulary based on the sounds and approaches of Tim Lin and Alex Murzyn's licks. I'm really excited to practice every page of the book in the coming months - get a copy for yourself!

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    Countries the book has been sold in so far:
    USA, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan

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    Mention you saw this post on SOTW to me and i'll give you 10% off a book today only!

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    Default Re: "Melodic Shapes for the Modern Improvisor" Essential II-V-I Jazz Practice Book Available Today! w/ Free Sample PDF

    One thing I've noticed and wondered about with these ii-V-I licks, and never figured out - it seems invariably they end on a long held note on the final chord. Why? You don't hear that a lot in actual improvisations do you? Is there anything to say on a major chord, and if so, why not provide ideas in examples like these?

    P.S. How does one order this book? How much is shipping in the U.S.?
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