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Edition: Paperback Book & DVD Package, E Flat Instruments

Playing on the Changes features 13 jazz etudes through the various chord qualities found in standards and jazz tunes in all 12 keys. Areas covered include major 7th chords, minor 7th chords, dominant 7th chords (Mixolydian, altered dominant, and half-whole diminished), minor ii (flat-5) chords, tritone substitutions, and a variety of progressions using all of the above. Bob Mintzer has written out etude solos that traverse the changes in a way that familiarizes you with the sound of each harmonic setting. Each etude is modeled after ideas---such as melodic and rhythmic patterns that create continuity---and singable melodies that he recommends using when improvising through the chord changes. 

Using the TNT 2 software, listen to and analyze the etudes, and by removing Mintzer's saxophone from the mix, you can then practice and play these harmonic exercises on your own with a stellar rhythm section. The amazing TNT 2 software allows you to slow down the tempo, too!

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Etude 1: Dorian Mode
Etude 2: Major 7th
Etude 3: Altered Dominant
Etude 4: Half-Whole Diminished
Etude 5: Minor 7th Chords a Minor Third Apart
Etude 6: Major 7th Chords a Minor Third Apart
Etude 7: ii--V--I--VI Minor Thirds Apart
Etude 8: Dominant 7th Chords in Cycle of Fourths
Etude 9: Minor ii7(b5--V
Etude 10: Minor 7th Chords Up 2 Down 1
Etude 11: Major 7th Chords Down 2 Up 1
Etude 12: Tritone Subs
Etude 13: Dorian with Changes on the End