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    Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    I have found adds for sheet music sold with accompanying CDs. In some cases, I can see where this might be a fun educational tool.

    Have any of you tried this format? Likes? Dislikes? Good sources?


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    Re: Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    I love play alongs!

    Michael Davis Hip-Bone Music has some very advanced books with cd!

    Allen Vizzuttis books are fun, and medium advanced!

    Erik Veldkamp has a lot of free play alongs on his site, plus some new one you have to pay for! Welkom op de website van Erik Veldkamp

    I use the books a lot, both for my students, and for my own practice
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    Re: Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    Phil Smith has a terrific book Christmas Carols arranged specifically for him, so it's a pretty advanced book, but the accompaniment CD is a ton of fun to play along with. He's also got two books of hymns arranged specially for him which also have play-along CDs.

    There's an edition of Concone put out by The Brass Press which has a play-along CD which has very modern accompaniments.

    I love them because it forces me to be honest with intonation and timing where practicing alone those two items can wander a bit. I'd much prefer to play with a live human accompanist but that's very difficult to schedule and the play-alongs don't get mad if I play the same song over 5 times and they're always available , even in the middle of the night.

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    Yeah those are fun! I do it when I am bored.
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    Re: Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    I've seen some better than others, but even the worst have some value. At a minimum, the track can help you keep time while you experiment with musical interpretation, playing in and out of tempo.

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    Re: Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    I've written quite a lot of play-alongs in may different styles. I just finished a new project. Check my site if you're interested.

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    Re: Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    I can't think of a better tool to learn the ins and outs of jazz. Aebersold is the best and has the widest selection. Beware, some of the Aebersolds are bloody hard so depending on your skill level, you might get quickly discouraged.
    Here are a few that are easy but very important:

    1)ii V7 I
    2)Blues In All Keys
    3)Maiden Voyage
    4)Dominant 7 Workout
    5)The Magic of Miles

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    Re: Play Along CD and Sheet Music

    Remember - There are two basic approaches. The first is where the audio track on the CD exactly matches the printed notes so the student can hear what is to be played, then practice playing it, and then play it along with the CD. The other type contains an accompaniment which is more fun to use in developing some musicality and also counting rest measures, how to enter, repeat, etc. Neither one is good for developing your own sense of timing and flow as the CD will not vary its tempo (at least not on-the-fly).

    I have used both in my comeback effort and find them to be very valuable. In fact, when buying music, I look for that feature first. It's almost like anything without the CD is not complete in today's market.
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