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GearCheck: October 2013

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckOctober 2013 • November 8, 2013


Crash Course in Chords from Hal Leonard

This theory and performance workbook is designed to offer in-depth knowledge about chords to intermediate-level students. Pianists and non-pianists will benefit from written exercises covering theory from basic triads and 7th chords to inversions, transposition, harmonization, and more. Author Lee Evans explains concepts in basic language, then applies them to a variety of performance exercises and lead sheet examples.


Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials from Stringletter

This 84-page book and audio package by Sean McGowan is a comprehensive course in learning the art of fingerstyle jazz guitar, taught by a world class jazz guitarist and instructor. From building chord vocabulary to separating bass and melody voices and to developing improvisation techniques, McGowan’s approach will help readers learn to play a variety of dynamic solo fingerstyle arrangements. The book includes 12 lessons on chord voicings and inversions, building jazz arrangements, and more, with over 120 musical examples, exercises, and songs, with audio. Retail price: $19.99.


LP City Series Wood Congas and Bongos

The new LP City Series Congas feature 10” and 11” drums crafted from Siam Oak. Measuring at 28” tall, City Series Congas come complete with a height-adjustable conga stand. LP City Series Bongos include 6” and 7” diameter rawhide heads. Both City Series Congas and Bongos are appointed with black powder-coated hardware and available in natural, dark, or vintage sunburst satin finishes.


P. Mauriat Pro-Contoured Saxophone Cases

The P. Mauriat Pro-Contoured case has an outer shell made from high impact ABS polymers, aluminum valances, and turn-key style steel latches. The interior features a medium density foam shell with plush fabric lining. Retail price: $478.24 (Alto), $546.56 (Tenor).


Tama S.L.P. Limited Edition Snare Drum

Tama’s new S.L.P. LBO147MTO Limited Edition Backbeat Bubinga Birch Snare is built with an exterior ply of naturally finished white oak. Inside, the drum features the dark tonality of four interior Bubinga plies. Matched with the cracking projection of four Birch out plies, this snare offers both sensitivity and depth.


JodyJazz 9* Model Tenor Mouthpiece

The new DV CHI Tenor 9* provides a larger facing and now offers the widest tip opening (.125) in the range. The DV CHI series is designed to produce a darker, less bright tone than the contemporary sound of the JodyJazz DV, but a considerably brighter and more modern tone than the JodyJazz DV NY. The baffle/chamber design of the DV CHI allows the player to push more air through the mouthpiece without experiencing any harshness. The DV CHI range is silver-plated. The DV CHI Tenor saxophone mouthpiece comes with a Rico Silver H Ligature, ff-Cap, mouthpiece pouch, and aluminum cylinder case.

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