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    I wish to learn Jazz violin. Please suggest some preliminary stuffs such as scales, small pieces and all. Is there any standard book which I can follow to get into Jazz violin playing.

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    Gayle Thompson

    I would start by getting a good Jazz “Fake Book” There are many on the market, some more accurate than others, But most of them have the basic melody and chords to go along with.them. Then listen to some selected songs that you like. Memorize the melody. The melodies are often times very simple. Then start working with the chords. Playing the scales of the chords. Knowing the notes of the chords will allow you to begin to improvise using the melody as a guide.
    I would not start out by purchasing “Jazz for Violin” (there are many books out there like this) I have found them either too limiting, or too advanced.
    Also, it is very valuable to play with other people. Try to find a guitar player, keyboard player or even a bass player to play with you sometimes.

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    Also get the Real Books. There’s a lot of repertoire in them and I believe you can find them online for free (I did). There’s also an app you can get on your phone called iRealPro which gives you chords and backing tracks where you can select the groove that you want.
    Understanding how chords work and their relationships to each other is very important for playing jazz. Also, what type of jazz you want to learn is something you should think about as well. Stephan Grapelli is the guy to look to for gypsy jazz. There’s Maiko Jazz Violin on YouTube who has a go at a bit of everything. Jean Luc-Ponty is fusion. I’m not a huge fan of bebop on violin so I can’t really recommend anyone for that. But it’s very important that you listen to a lot of jazz musicians (not just violinists) and start getting an understanding of how they approach their playing. Search on google for Jazz and improvisation books. Hope this helps.

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    Christie Morehouse

    I am learning the minor pentatonic scales, so I can learn to do some jazz improv. Trying to learn to ‘hear’ the chord changes

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    iRealPro is great! Tons of jazz standards. I look forward to my practice sessions, jamming with its backing tracks.

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    You can join any local music school or hire private tutor.

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