Happy New Year everyone! I hope the year brings you happiness and prosperity. I want to share a couple of things regarding Bach Shapes. First, out today I have a new article on Doron Orenstein’s Best Sax Site Ever, which you can check out here: Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. Thanks to Doron for allowing me to share some upcoming ideas for the second book in the series, which pending how many more of the first book I sell this year, will be released by next year if all goes well. I have many more ideas for this volume, and will be asking for reader input as well by setting up a survey soon. I have also created a couple more video edits of the etudes from the book, performed by Stefan Vasnier and I last summer, here is the latest:
There is only one etude from the book that has yet to be posted, will be up soon! You can hear all of the others at www.bachshapes.com. Guitarist in Kuala Lumpur, Az Samad was also kind enough to write review of the book on his site: Az Samad Lessons
Also in Bach Shapes related news, I will be presenting a lecture on how to apply this info to improvisation and technical practice at this year’s NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) conference in Cincinnati, which will take place March 8-11. More info and details as it approaches. I believe video of this will be available to stream or download.
More to come!
Bach Shapes Book(PRINT): Diatonic Sequences from the Music of JS Bach
Diatonic Sequences derived from the music of J. S. Bach, for saxophone. Includes 4 jazz etudes, an explanatory introduction and the Shapes transposed into all keys. More information at www.bachshapes.com.
50 in stock (can be backordered)
The first Bach Shapes book of sequences derived from J.S. Bach, for saxophone and all treble clef instruments.
“Jazz musicians have naturally gravitated towards the music of JS Bach for years, so a book like this one has been a long time coming. Jon has done a wonderful job capturing various snapshots of Bach’s seemingly infinite musical language, organizing these shapes in a setting that could be very useful to improvisers. A truly interesting and enjoyable book that will hopefully lead to more volumes in the future.”
–Miguel Zenon, International Touring Artist
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.
“I really dig this book, there are so many musical ideas that one can find in Bach’s music. It’s about time someone like Jon comes along to organize it to be practiced by jazz musicians. It’s good both for the chops, vocabulary and knowledge of harmony. You really have to know what you’re doing when you utilize his devices.”
Dmitry Baevsky, NYC Saxophonist
“This book is great for practicing and learning really nice sounding passages from Bach in a more focused manner. All passages are transposed as well so you can focus on a particular key that needs work. The engraving is very clear and spacing very well done, its been on my music stand for a while now and has really been fun!”
–Andrew Hadro, NYC Freelance Saxophonist
More info on bachshapes.com
Check out the Bach Shapes Etudes now for sale too!
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