More from Bob about the book: Let me briefly explain what my method of soloing over chord progressions is all about. As you already know, the basic elements of music include rhythm, melody and harmony. For vocalists there is the additional layer of lyrics and/or scat syllables. This book is all about learning how to create original solos over harmonic structures using your own text or scat phrases.
The teaching strategy I use in Recipes for Soloing Over Jazz Standards entails a breach of typical vocal training protocol. It’s an unconventional approach to consider the melody of a song secondary in importance. Instead, focus for a minute on the chord progression underneath it, as this will allow you to hear with a clean auditory slate. Keep in mind that a melody has an independent phraseology that should make musical sense with or without the harmonic accompaniment. It is my opinion that singers should consider both the original melody and harmonic sequence when improvising. This book is more about the latter.
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