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My name is Bobby Stern. I'm a long time professional saxophonist, jazz player, educator, Bari Woodwinds and Brancher-France Saxophones endorser.
To date, I've authored more than a dozen books, including "The Melodic Minor Handbook: A Jazz Player's Perspective" published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, as well as a growing number of self-published eBooks, all available right here. Have a look at my current library!
Over the years, as I've been studying, teaching, as well as performing globally in a wide range of musical contexts, I've come to realize that the more knowledge and insight one accumulates, the more apparent it becomes that it's an ever expanding universe; meaning that there's always so much more to discover and learn; and that we are all students, regardless of our present levels of ability and awareness. It never stops, and this to me is very exciting!
Since its launch in 2012, bobbysternjazz.com has developed, for the most part, a natural focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of Jazz Improvisation, as this is always been a passion of mine. As I've continued to grow and discover new concepts for myself, I've been able to share these ideas in the form of blog posts, most often accompanied by free pdf downloads, as well as in book form.
As there is already a profusion of basic "Improv 101" type information available online, it's my desire that this website continue to provide an informative and entertaining resource to all who wish to advance their musical concepts - as I do - to the perpetual next stage of development.
So come on in and join me:
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What would you play when you see the chord symbols A7#9, F7+5, Csusb9 or DbMaj7+5? What would you "blow" over a D Locrian #2?
The Melodic Minor Handbook provides musicians, of all levels, with these answers in presenting a concise, practical, easy to absorb method of exposure, study and practice in the components of Melodic Minor Harmony, and its use within the Jazz vocabulary.
Although the sound of Melodic Minor Harmony has been a staple of Jazz music over the last half century, familiarity among many aspiring musicians with its derivative modes and chord types still seems to remain a mystery; and even though touched upon to a greater or lesser degree by various books and methods, a comprehensive study stressing Melodic Minor Harmony as a unique harmonic universe of its own has been absent. Until now!! 176 spiral bound pages.
"Hats off to Mr. Stern for this extremely well conceived and catalogued book, which I highly recommend to anyone involved in expanding their jazz improv skills. Guess work is eliminated as scales, modes & exercises are cross referenced & presented in all keys. The material presented here will definitely broaden the jazz vocabulary & inspire the imagination of anyone, student or pro, who gives it half a chance." - Dr. Edward Morris, Cleveland, Ohio
Here's a short video of a demo transcription of myself on tenor saxophone using material from the "Melodic Minor Handbook", as in a "real world" playing situation, over minor ii-V7s
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