How to play great jazz solos today (even if you don’t know how to improvise)

The brand new Jazz’ld Jazz Solos series will let you play great jazz solos over the chord progressions from famous jazz standards. You don’t need any improvising experience to get started.

Are you about to enter the world of jazz playing? Already a jazz player but looking for ways to expand your musical vocabulary? Do you want to improve your sight reading while playing fine jazz music? Are you a music teacher looking for new material to challenge your instrument students? The Jazz’ld Jazz Solos books are a new approach to the world of jazz.

The books consist of jazz solos, written over the chord progressions from famous jazz standards. You will find solos based on the chord progressions from “Summertime,” “Watermelon Man,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Have You Met Miss Jones,” “My Favourite Things,” “Scrapple from the Apple” and many other well-known jazz standards. Each solo consists of several choruses, gradually getting more and more challenging.

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Look at the Jazz’ld etudes as improvised jazz solos as they could have been played by skilled jazz musicians, served to you in a handy package of sheet music with clear indications of the chords and phrasing.
ANDERS LARSON, FOUNDER OF JAZZLD.COM

JAZZ’LD WITH AEBERSOLD PLAY-ALONG ALBUMS

Have you ever practiced using Jamey Aebersold play-along albums? Although they can’t give you the same experience as when you interact with musicians in person, the Aebersold tracks are still a great tool for learning and practicing jazz standards.

The Jazz’ld books are written as a complement to carefully selected Aebersold albums. If you have one of them already, the Jazz’ld solos will let you rediscover it in a new and fun way. Each Jazz’ld solo will match the form, key and tempo of the equivalent Aebersold play-along track.

Don´t have the Aebersold albums? The Jazz’ld solos sound great when you play them on your own or with friends too!

Jazz’ld Solos Vol. 1 
is perfect for aspiring jazz players with solos based on Canataloupe Island and other easy tunes. SUITABLE FOR JAMEY AEBERSOLD VOL. 54 – MAIDEN VOYAGE (not included)

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is based on a selection of timeless classics, including Have You Met Miss Jones and My Foolish Heart.
SUITABLE FOR JAMEY AEBERSOLD VOL. 25 – ALL TIME STANDARDS. (not included)

Jazz’ld Solos Vol. 3
lets you play bebop solos over the chords from Charlie Parker tunes like Donna Lee and Yardbird Suite right away. SUITABLE FOR JAMEY AEBERSOLD VOL. 6 – CHARLIE PARKER.  (not included)

The Jazz’ld series, created by Anders Larson, is a great way for the beginning improviser to learn style, phrasing and melody in improvising. By starting the solos at a more basic level, The Jazz’ld series focuses on rhythmic and phrase development, and not the standard chord/scale theoretic approach, giving the series a fresh approach that is extremely useful and musical.
MACE HIBBARD, GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SAXOPHONIST AND JAZZ EDUCATOR AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

I don´t think I know a jazz musician who don´t use Aebersold´s play-along recordings as a part of their practice routine. But where to start? This is where the Jazz’ld books are brilliant. Not only do they give a good starting point for jazz solo playing, they are also an indirect approach to scales and chords in a fun, intuitive and natural way. Way to go, Anders Larson! I will definitely recommend these books to my students.
CHRIS MINH DOKY, BASS PLAYER WITH A.O. MIKE STERN BAND AND MICHAEL BRECKER QUARTET

The unique feature with the Jazz’ld solos are that they are perfect both for experienced and new improvisers. You get to play great jazz lines over familiar chords right away. By analyzing how and why the melodies fit the harmonies, you will find lots of new phrases to use in your own solos. As a bonus, the solos are a great sight reading workout!
NICOLAI SCHULTZ, LEAD ALTO PLAYER  WITH THE DANISH RADIO BIG BAND

SUITABLE FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS

These jazz solos are available for all C, Bb and Eb instruments (chromatic bag pipe not included) in treble and/or bass clef. The range of the solos is mostly kept within two octaves, making them easily playable on most instruments. Piano player? Try playing the solos with your right hand and add left-hand chords. Or play them with both hands in octaves.

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TREBLE CLEF

IDEAL FOR GUITAR, PIANO, VIBRAPHONE, VIOLIN AND OBOE

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IDEAL FOR TUBA AND BASS TROMBONE

BASS CLEF

IDEAL FOR ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC BASS, TROMBONE, BASSOON AND CELLO

TREBLE CLEF IN Eb

IDEAL FOR ALTO AND BARITONE SAXOPHONE

TREBLE CLEF IN Bb

IDEAL FOR TRUMPET, TENOR SAXOPHONE, SOPRANO SAXOPHONE AND CLARINET

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IDEAL FOR FLUTE AND TINY INSTRUMENTS

Anders Larson’s work is an excellent tool for all improvisers. To dive into different ways of approaching harmonic structures is always interesting for musicians interested in developing their improvisational skills. Jazz’ld offers an easy way to get started and get inspired.
BENJAMIN KOPPEL, SAXOPHONE PLAYER, FOUNDER OF COWBELL MUSIC AND VALBY SUMMER JAZZ

The Jazz’ld etudes are great fun to play with Jamie Aebersold´s rhythm section. The solos are sweet-sounding, and filled with musical ideas that help me develop as a jazz musician.
NILS HORNSTRUP, AMATEUR JAZZ MUSICIAN

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WHO ARE YOU?

The Jazz’ld Jazz Solos are suitable for both amateurs, students and professional musicians. Do you see yourself in any of the boxes below?

MUSIC STUDENT ENTERING THE WORLD OF JAZZ
You have played your instrument for a few years and have a passion for jazz. Don’t know where to start? Jazz’ld will let you play a solid jazz solo before you master scales and chord arpeggios.

ADVANCED JAZZ STUDENT
You have some years of experience with jazz improvising. Maybe you’re even considering a career in music. You want to learn as much as possible about jazz soloing, phrasing, intonation and sight reading.

AMATEUR MUSICIAN
You have probably played music for most of your life, and are passionate about jazz. Practicing your instrument has to be fun and rewarding. I bet you spent hours playing to Aebersold tracks already!

MUSIC EDUCATOR
Want to stimulate and challenge your students while saving preparation time? Jazz’ld solos are great for introducing your instrumental students to jazz, even if you don’t have any improvising experience yourself.

PROFESSIONAL JAZZ PLAYER
Want to expand your musical horizons and become a better improviser? You will play melodic lines over familiar chord patterns in new ways. Jazz’ld makes it fun to improve your sight reading and technique.

CLASSICAL MUSICIAN
Are you a classically trained musician, but want to visit the world of jazz? Now you can use all your instrument skills, and sound like a jazz improviser right away while you learn proper jazz phrasing.

TRANSCRIBED JAZZ SOLOS

One of the best ways to learn jazz is to play transcribed solos. Transcribing solos yourself is great ear training, but it is a time consuming task. If you want to get started right away, the Jazz’ld series will let you start playing high-quality jazz solos right away.

Playing transcribed jazz solos as played by jazz masters are often technically challenging. Jazz’ll gives you get the same experience, but you are able to choose the level of difficulty since each jazz etude gets more challenging for each chorus.

These jazz etudes are professionally laid-out sheet music, clearly marked with chords and articulation. There are examples of how to develop musical ideas and how to use melodic patterns. You will learn more about the use of scales and arpeggios in jazz improvisation while playing inspiring melodies written over the harmonies from famous jazz standards.

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JAZZ’LD SOLOS IN SHORT

♦  Make practicing fun with high-quality jazz solos

♦  A perfect complement to the Aebersold play-along series

♦  Written over the chord progressions from famous jazz standards

♦  Jazz Solos Vol. 1 is perfect for new improvisers

♦  Jazz Solos Vol. 2–3 will help you reach the next level

♦  Solos start easy and gradually become more challenging

♦  Improve your sight reading skills

♦  Clear indications of proper jazz phrasing

♦  Improve your timing and intonation

♦  Play the solos on your own, to play-along tracks (not included) or with friends

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have never tried to improvise before, is this a good place to start?

Yes! With these well written jazz solos, all your need is the ability to read sheet music to get the feel of playing a “real” improvised solo. You are also able to see the relationship between the melody lines and the harmony all the way.

Do I need the Aebersold play-along recordings to play the Jazz'ld solos?

No! You can play them on your own, with a piano or guitar player, or a full rhythm section. Playing these jazz solos with the suitable Aebersold play-along tracks will give you the full experience of the solos right away when playing on your own.

Are the Jazzld Jazz Solos available for my instrument?

You can get the books in treble and bass clef, as well as in Bb and Eb. I have avoided using an extended range in order to make the solos playable on virtually any instrument.

I am not the greatest sight reader, can I still benefit from these books?

I recommend that you start out with Jazz Solos Vol. 1. The solos in this book is based on some great jazz standards with easy chord progressions (same tunes as in the Jamey Aebersold Vol. 54 – Maiden Voyage). All solos start easy, and they get a bit trickier for each chorus, so there is plenty to get you started as well as increase the challenge gradually.

I am an instrument teacher. Okay to print the solos and pass them on to my students?

Of course, feel free to share a solo or two from each book with your students, but please keep the PDF files to yourself. Thanks for your understanding. Or you can suggest that your employer buy the extended licence bundle with all books in all clefs and transpositions. With this package, you can share the solos with all teachers and students at your school!

Which is the greatest jazz standard of all times?

No idea, but I can tell that it is probably not Honeysuckle Rose or Perdido  As long as you mean with you play, and try to hear it before you play it, you can turn any jazz standard into the greatest ever. Feel the music and play with your soul.

I have some favorite Aebersold play-along albums that are not on your list, what to do?

Send an email to info@jazzld.com! More Jazzld books are in the pipeline, and your input is very valuable in order for me to pick the right collection of jazz standards.

Are the Aebersold play-along tracks included when I buy a Jazz’ld book?

No, Aebersold play-along tracks are not included. You can find them here.

Where can I find sheet music with the original jazz standards?

The original melodies are not included in the books, but you can learn more about all the jazz standards and hear samples of the songs performed by jazz masters. Look no further, it is all here. For sheet music of jazz standards, try one of the many editions of Realbook.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anders Larson trombone 400x322My name is Anders Larson and I am a jazz trombone player, composer, arranger and educator, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a trombonist, I play small group jazz, big band, studio sessions as well as occasional shows and musicals. My latest release  is the album ‘Cars’ with my group Elektrojazz.

As an educator, I have many years of experience, teaching everything from absolute beginners up to music conservatory students and professional musicians.

I love composing, both for small and large ensembles. Another passions is arranging, and I have written several arrangements for the Danish Radio Big Band, recorded with soloists as Mike Stern and Gerard Presencer.

My approach to jazz is that it is absolutely vital to feel with you play, and to be able to hear it before you play it. Every note you play should be there for a reason. Deliver good music to your audience, Don´t show off your skills.

Jazz is not about playing notes and rhythms. Improvised music is a creative conversation between musicians. This is the zen of jazz, and it will take a long time to get there, but the sensation you get when you feel that your instrument becomes a part of yourself, makes it well worth all the hard work.