Chop-Monster is a sequential jazz improvisation method by acclaimed jazz pianist and educator Shelly Berg that utilizes a "call-and-response" approach: students listen to a jazz idea, imitate it until it is internalized, and then "try it on their own." In Chop-Monster 1, students will hear and improvise to the Ima7, iimi7, and V7 chords in the key of B-flat, plus a basic blues progression. In Chop-Monster 2 students will hear and improvise to the ii-V-I progression in three keys (concert B-flat, E-flat, F).
"As you go through this Chop-Monster book, you will find that improvising jazz is easy and fun, making use of your own inner creativity. Learning to improvise is just like learning to speak. You learned to talk by listening to and imitating your parents, family members and friends. And now you all speak the same language, but you speak it in your own, unique voice." --
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