Bach Shapes: Diatonic Sequences for Saxophone and Bass Clef Edition
The first release, published in 2017. A unique approach to scale/interval practice, Bach Shapes is the music of J.S. Bach distilled to its basic elements: beautiful melodic shapes. These can be studied as technical exercises, or used as building blocks for jazz improvisation. Suitable for any instrument and currently being used by guitarists, oboists, clarinetists and more. The studies are drawn from Bach’s violin, cello, flute and keyboard music and ordered by difficulty, transposed into all keys. Learn to stretch your range and play intervals more evenly with these musical studies. At the end are four etudes based on jazz standards. The cover and interior has been beautifully designed by Chrissy Kurpeski.
Now also available in Bass Clef with a special foreword by bassist Lincoln Goines.
Bach Shapes: The Etudes
Released March 31, 2021. A collection of 12 jazz etudes built from the Shapes in Bach Shapes I and II. Includes one etude not found in either book, and full playalong audio tracks recorded by a live NYC jazz band. Also features seven pages of analysis, which will help you figure out how to translate the Shapes into useable jazz vocabulary. Also great for classical players looking for fun jazz oriented tunes with baroque sensibilities. Available in four transpositions: Concert, Bass Clef, Bb and Eb.
Bach Shapes II: Studies in Bach for All Instruments
A wealth of new material, 125 pages!, covering many aspects of Bach’s music and how it can apply to jazz and classical playing.
A short clip from my Workshop walking through the new book on April 24, 2021!
Book is out May 25, 2021, check here for preorder and product link very soon.