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Behind the Changes
Behind the Changes
Behind the Changes
Behind the Changes

Behind the Changes

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*For the first time, Ron Carter puts down on paper what he has been doing instinctively for over 50 years. How he comes up with all those famous walking bass lines.

*Charlie Parker changed the melody - with this book you are going to change the changes, and in doing so open up a whole new world of creative possibilities for yourself and for any band you play with.

*Advice on how to use your own creativity to change the changes in any tune.

*Examples of alternate changes for 3 different song types (12 bar blues, rhythm changes and Seguaro by Ron Carter)

*The Transcription Myth

*For any one at any level, but only after they've played the original changes for a long time.

About the Author

The most recorded jazz bassist in history, (with a Guinness World Record to prove it), Ron Carter has remained at the forefront of jazz, as well as classical, hip-hop and Latin music from his early days with Miles Davis's historic Quintet, to his playing on the seminal hip-hop record Low End Theory, to Santana's latest "In Search of Mona Lisa", not to mention dozens of his own albums over the years.

He has won multiple Grammy Awards and in 2015 he received France‘s premier cultural award, the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world.

Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes,
instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City
College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Carter continues to teach when he is in New York City, and he has a library of instructional books - exclusively available on this website - that are used in universities and by individuals on every continent.

He tours the world every year with his trio, quartet, big band, nonet, and also a a sideman for a number of prestigious bands.