Mark Christopher Brandt
How to Play the Blues When You Don't Have Them
An easy, organized approach towards jazz improvisation and playing the blues
The following review comes from Thomas Mirus, jazz pianist, New York, NY.
A good teacher is one who not only imparts vital information to his or her student, but also leads the student through the process of organizing, internalizing and applying that information so that the student is empowered to learn on his own. The converse is also true: that too much information, raw and disordered, brings about confusion and paralysis. This is as true in jazz as in any other discipline, and it is typical of the Information Age that the aspiring jazz musician has access to countless wonderful books and websites devoted to teaching jazz, the vast majority of which will be of no use to him whatsoever because the knowledge therein is not organized to provide an entry point for a beginner. But the experienced artist and the novice alike seek simplicity and depth, and these are offered to the novice in How to Play the Blues When You Don't Have Them by Mark Brandt, an experienced artist who understands and possesses both. [More...]
Guitar and bass tablature available on request.
An Organized Guide for Jazz Bass Players
Bassik Instincts is the book that taught me how to play jazz bass. I specifically remember playing my electric bass and wishing I could play jazz bass lines. I wanted to be able to play with a jazz feel, but I did not know how to do this, especially when I had no entry point. This book got me completely lined up when I began working with it on my electric bass. Within a few months, I acquired my first upright bass with which I then started the book again. The exercises in this book taught me how to play the upright bass. Ever since I began working with Bassik, I have not needed to go through any other method book, as this one is so comprehensive. [More...]