Book (PDF) Jazz Patterns: A Systematic Approach to True Internalization
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I have enjoyed devoting many years of my life to studying, practicing, performing, and teaching jazz improvisation. In that time, I have identified and put into practice a number of key concepts that have helped me to grow as an improvisor. This book is a systematic training tool that is based on one of those essential concepts. Working through this book will help you become a better improvisor.

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Jazz Patterns: A systematic approach to true internalization

By Eric Jacobson

"I thoroughly recommend Eric Jacobson’s Jazz Patterns: A Systematic Approach to True Internalization. In this current age where there are many jazz study texts on the market, Eric’s book truly stands out. Not only is the content very thorough, but he explains and organizes everything very clearly, which is often as important as the content itself. His practice tips and guides are especially useful. This book will be of great use to any jazz musician at any level looking to deepen his/her playing."

Alex Pope Norris, NYC, Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger, and Educator



“I’ve admired Eric Jacobson’s artistry for years, and this book offers some insight into the fluidity, invention, and technical mastery he consistently brings to the bandstand. His approach is rigorous and pragmatic yet flexible, and he is especially effective in demonstrating both how to expand simple musical ideas and break more complicated ones down into their essential components. Highly recommended for students of all levels.” —Geof Bradfield, Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University


"Eric Jacobson’s new book, Jazz Patterns: A Systematic Approach to True Internalization, provides a wealth of material with which jazz musicians can improve their ear and melodic memory. I like his exploration of interesting note choices, shapes, and intervals; and the harmonic content of the lines, including an interesting array of triad pairs. This would be an excellent foundation on which musicians can create their own lines and add their own rhythms. Highly recommended!—Bruce Barth, NYC, Adjunct Faculty at Temple University teaching Jazz Piano and Jazz Composition