Have you ever been paralysed with fear at the thought of improvising? Have you ever been so bored by the way you improvise you feel like quitting?
With Duncan Lamont's The Streetfighter's Guide to Improvisation you will improve your soloing for all time. It is a completely new and simple approach to learning how to improvise. Discover 'freedom scales', useable over any chord progression, demystify chord voicings and arranging, and learn how to use quartal harmony to open up your ears.
Spiral-bound book, 150 pages
Excerpts from a review by Mark Nightingale (in 'Crescendo & Jazz Music Magazine):
"In [The Streetfighter's Guide to Improvisation] Duncan not only explains how to go about achieving this sort of creative freedom, but also sets out his thoughts on composition, arranging and how to survive in the music business in general.
The first eight chapters include many amusing and thought-provoking anecdotes about Duncan's experiences throughout his career (related as only he can!) whilst setting out the basic philosophy of the SFG. It makes use of a selection of polyphonic scales (which can be played over any chord) to break down the preconceived barriers of harmony and consonance and to avoid the 'boring' notes and the overused cliches. For me, just the first scale alone suggested a wealth of new musical sounds and ideas that I would love to have at my disposal and, much to my amazement, it really does work over any chord! Like Duncan's many cartoon soundtracks (Mr Benn, King Rollo, Spot the Dog et al) this concept is ingenious in its simplicity.
Chapter Nine sets out all the different scales and patterns, providing hours of meaty practice material that is also great for ear training. The scales are written out in every key although I personally think that maximum benefit is gained from only reading the first one then transposing it in your head. Next comes a very useful chapter on how the scales can be used over standard chord sequences, and the final three chapters apply the principle to composition and arranging. The relative ease with which you can create dense and rich textures I found fascinating...
Quite apart from musically, I can honestly say that there are lots of stories and one-liners that I have learned from and will carry with me. Definitely essential reading for the open-minded musician."