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    Default A Lyrical Approach - Supplemental Books 1&2 - Richie Vitale

    These two books (1&2) are just NOW available on my website for purchase.

    You can practice the same exercises with your friends or students as these books are available for ALL instruments.

    An excellent supplement to Richie's "A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising" theory book. Exercises from that book are written out in all keys in a Part 1 and Part 2 book.

    Book 1 covers: Minor Arpeggios, Introducing the II V I Progression, Dominant Arpeggios, Major and Minor Inversions, II V I's and II V I's with Tritone Substitutions.

    Book 2 continues with: Approaching the II V I Minor, Diminished Scale Exercises, Major 6 / Diminished Exercises, Whole Tone Scale Exercises, the Blues Scale and the “Cycle of 5ths” and Even More “Cycle of 5ths”.

    The books are available for FIVE different sets of instruments and playalongs are provided on iRealPro.

    The instrument sets are:
    Key of Bb for Bb Trumpet & Clarinet;
    Key of Bb for Bb Tenor & Soprano Sax;
    Key of C for Concert Piano and Flute in Treble Clef;
    Key of C for Concert Trombone in Bass Clef;
    Key of Eb for Eb Alto & Bari saxes.



    Website Store Page: https://www.richievitale.com/store

    To DOWNLOAD the entire playlist for Book 1 - CLICK the link below:
    Book 1-A Lyrical Approach Supplemental Book (48)

    Individual songs:
    Fig. 8 - Minor Scale - going up a 5th - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Minor Scale - going up a 5th - aescending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Variation on Last Exercise going up a 4th - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Variation on Last Exercise going up a 4th - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Minor Arpeggio - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Minor Arpeggio - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Minor Apreggio - II V I - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 8 - Minor Apreggio with a Turn - II V I - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - More Minor Arpeggios - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - More Minor Arpeggios - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 1 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 1 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 2 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 2 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 3 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 3 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 4 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 9 - Variation 4 on Last Minor Arpeggio Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 10 - II V I Progression - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 11 - Dominant Scales - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 12 - Dominant Chords Ex 1 - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 12 - Dominant Chords Ex 1 - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Dominant Chords Ex 2 - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Dominant Chords Ex 2 - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Honeysuckle Rose Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Honeysuckle Rose Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Honeysuckle Rose with a Twist Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig .13 - Honeysuckle Rose with a Twist Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Clifford Brown Exercise - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 13 - Clifford Brown Exercise - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 14 - More Dominant - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 14 - More Domimant #2 - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 14 - More Domimant #3 - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 19 - Major Chord in Root Pos. Inversion Ex. - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 19 - Major Chord in 1st Inversion Exercise - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 19 - Major Chord in 2nd Inversion Exercise - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 19 - Minor Chord in Root Pos. Inversion Ex. - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 19 - Minor Chord in 1st Inversion Exercise - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 19 - Minor Chord in 2nd Inversion Exercise - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 21 - Minor Chord in Root Pos. Inversion Ex. - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 21 - Minor Chord in 2nd Pos. Inversion Exercise - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 24 - II V I's - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 26 - II V I's - descending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 27 - II V I's - ascending - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 27a - II V I's - descending with tritone sub - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 27a - II V I's - ascending with tritone sub - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 29 - II V's - descending Whole Steps (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 29 - II V's - descending Whole Steps (1b) - RichieVitale.com
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    Default A Lyrical Approach - Supplemental Book 2 - Richie Vitale (Book)

    Website Store Page: https://www.richievitale.com/store

    To DOWNLOAD the entire playlist for Book 2 - CLICK the link below:
    Book 2-A Lyrical Approach Supplemental Book (29)

    Individual songs:
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (1b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (2) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (3) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (4) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (5) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (6) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 55 - Approaching II half dim 7 to V (b9) to I min (7) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 62 - Diminished-Exercises (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 62 - Diminished-Exercises (1b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 62 - Diminished-Exercises (1c) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 63 - Diminished-Exercises (2a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 63 - Diminished-Exercises (2b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 63 - Diminished-Exercises (2c) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 66 - More Diminished - Major 6 - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 66 - More Diminished - Major 6 (cont.) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 68 - Whole Tone Exercises (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 68 - Whole Tone Exercises (1b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 68 - Whole Tone Exercises (2a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 68 - Whole Tone Exercises (2b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 69 - The Blues Scale (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 69 - The Blues Scale (1b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 69 - The Blues Scale (2) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 69 - The Blues Scale (3) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 75 - Cycle of 5ths (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 75 - Cycle of 5ths (1b) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 76 - for Jordu Example - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 77 - Even More Cycle of 5ths (1a) - RichieVitale.com
    Fig. 77 - Even More Cycle of 5ths (1b) - RichieVitale.com
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    Richie, could you tell us more about your A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising theory book? I'm always open to learning new material. I've heard you on YouTube and am impressed by your playing.

    Thanks, Keith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith88 View Post
    Richie, could you tell us more about your A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising theory book? I'm always open to learning new material. I've heard you on YouTube and am impressed by your playing.

    Thanks, Keith
    Hi Keith,

    The "A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising" theory book was a culmination of 40 years of learning from books and teachers as to what would make a good jazz player and then explaining WHY it worked. Originally I had a mess of papers and eventually someone said I should make a book!

    The theory book we're speaking about, "A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising" is the "blue" book available at the bottom of my STORE page here: https://www.richievitale.com/store

    I then put the papers in a notebook covered with sheet protectors and would Xerox papers for students...which was pretty tiring. Then Finale appeared and I worked on my book. When Sibelius came on the scene it got easier and I finished the book.

    The two books above are essentially everything in my "A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising" theory book written out in all the different keys with NO theory. Surprisingly, this is how I learned. From Blue Mitchell, Miles, Hubbard, Clifford records without understanding the theory.

    It was later, when I moved to NYC and studied with Woody Shaw, spoke with Art Farmer (the "lesson" is on YouTube), had lessons with Moody and Sal Nistico, went to the Barry Harris' Jazz Cultural Theatre and studied arranging and Mark Levines's Jazz Piano book that I figured I had something worth publication.

    So, just like the Part 1 and 2 books above, I put in exercises in the way I learned them, in the order I thought they belonged: Minor Arpeggios, II V I Progression; Dominant Arpeggios; Major and Minor Inversions; II V I's; II half dim. to V7(b9) to the I Minor; Diminished Scale Exercises; Major 6 / Diminished Exercises; Whole Tone Scale Exercises; the Blues Scale; the “Cycle of 5ths”; and, Even More “Cycle of 5ths”.

    Supplemental Book 2 starts off with II V I Minor because in my "A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising" theory book that was the hardest thing to explain...my head would hurt.

    The "A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvising" theory book has patterns written out 3 or 4 times and the person reading the book is to do the rest of the transpositions himself. But the theory behind things became very important to me despite being told "it would ruin my playing".

    It helps me be a better musician and composer and I love to learn!
    ______
    Now, a word about the two books above. One of the professors I worked at in NJCU said why write everything out...students will transpose patterns themselves. Well, I started the book and gave sheets from the PDF to students and they liked it.

    Not everyone has the propensity OR the time to transpose things in their heads. But I'll tell you this: Two of my students, the last two lessons left at the hour mark and I got further with them then I ever had and their ear playing and lines were more coherent.

    They had been practicing from the two books above with iRealPro (which I insisted on) and shocked me beyond what I thought possible. I've always felt if you can hear it and play it back, the theory can come later. You'll be able to insert and change the ideas and patterns if you have them under your fingers.

    That being said, the book you're asking about is for the teacher that wants to understand theory to teach his student or someone at the level where the theory is somewhat imperative. I wanted books for the student and/or musician to play through and have fun with, and that is what is selling above.

    Thank you for asking. I really worked hard on all of my books to make sure they had all the important stuff in them, even if it took me hours to amend, and cut out the less important material. Fortunately, I'm a bit of a Mac geek (nothing against Windows), work with Sibelius, do my own filming, editing in FCPX and cover designs.

    Oh yeah...and I play trumpet too....
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    Default Using "A Lyrical Approach - Supplemental Books" with Different Instruments!

    Hello there,

    Here is professional NYC flautist Carolyn Steinberg helping me show how the "A Lyrical Approach Supplemental Books" 1 & 2 flute and trumpet books could be used together with iRealPro to improve your jazz improvisation!



    My books are available for trumpet & clarinet, flute & piano, trombone, Eb saxes and tenor sax here along with iRealPro for playalong tracks:
    https://www.richievitale.com/store

    Happy practicing

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    Default Improv video lesson, Ask Me Now - T. Momk



    Hi everyone,

    I recently finished a new video of me teaching my student Koichi Yoshihara how to improvise over Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" using my "A Lyrical Approach - Supplemental Books" 1 & 2 combined with the use of iRealPro!



    I think it's a really cool method to go through all the patterns using iRealPro and I've tried to make it as easy as possible for those interested in jazz improvisation.

    I'm really thrilled with the progress my students have made with the exercises from my books combined with practicing with iRealPro.

    To make life easy I put the books and iRealPro on separate pages on my website...kinda like "Onestop Shopping"!

    You can purchase my books here:

    Supplemental Books Page: https://www.richievitale.com/sup-lumental-books

    and iRealPro here: https://www.richievitale.com/download-ireal-book-pro

    Thank you all for watching my videos and please "LIKE" my YouTube page. I have some cool new things coming out and I'll keep you posted that way!
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    Default Modern Patterns & Warm-ups for Jazz - Part Deux

    Be sure to check out Richie's latest book, Modern Patterns & Warm-ups for Jazz - Part Deux

    Info here:
    https://www.irealb.com/forums/showth...-Vitale-(book)

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