Joy of Improv - Book Two: Completing the Foundation

Dave Frank's best-selling Joy of Improv series

Joy of Improv, by Dave Frank with John Amaral, is Hal Leonard’s top selling jazz instruction book series. It is currently being used as course material at universities and music schools worldwide, and is designed for players of all instruments as a way to develop the necessary foundation needed for a lifetime of blues and jazz improvisation.

Unlike many of the jazz instruction books on the market, JOI is a comprehensive curriculum for the aspiring improviser. Each book contains 26 lessons of graduated difficulty, and every lesson includes a technical exercise, loads of hip jazz voicings, a “solo pattern” for transposition, and an original blues tune and jazz line (based on a standard) written by Dave.

Each book includes an CD enhanced for PC and Mac containing valuable verbal teaching by Dave, and recordings of all the exercise and tunes.

Included as well is a unique discography of great jazz solos and 52 inspiring quotes from the jazz and blues greats.

About Book Two

Lessons 27 through 52 further explore more advanced chord voicings, chord arranging techniques and more challenging blues and melodic lines. The accompanying enhanced CD is used in conjunction with the text and music as a listening and play-along tool.

“Not only will the Joy Of Improv approach work, but as the man says, it will be joyful!” - Lee Konitz

“If you’re a musician who really wants to stretch your creativity, Joy Of Improv is an excellent place to start” - Dr. Billy Taylor

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Order Joy of Improv, Book Two, Completing the Foundation now for only $26.99 (shipping and handling in the US is $5.00, and $15 internationally).

Joy of Improv, Book One can be purchased directly from Dave by sending a check or money order in US dollars to:

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You can read an excerpt of Joy of Improv - Book One here:

Joy of Improv Book One: Beginning the Foundation (excerpt)


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Dave Frank is one of the busiest solo jazz pianists and music educators on the scene today. He is the author of the best-selling Hal Heonard book and video series, Joy of Improv and Breakthrough to Improv, was an Associate Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1987-2004, and was a co-founder of the New York School of Jazz (1983-86). In 2004 Dave moved to New York City to direct the Dave Frank School of Jazz in midtown Manhattan. Read more...


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