Essential Jazz Repertoire Vol 1
A course in how to get the most out of studying jazz etudes. This collection of fun to play etudes composed over standard chord progressions goes along with the first volume of backing tracks from BetterTrax.com. A video lesson accompanies each piece to help students learn jazz language and improvisation techniques.
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is a full time New York saxophonist who is passionate about teaching jazz improvisation concepts to his students from around the world in the BetterSax Studio and elsewhere. As a member of the Brian Newman quintet, Steve is an in-demand performer appearing live alongside Lady Gaga and the legendary Tony Bennett as well as on the pair's latest album releases.
Steve Kortyka's Bio
Based out of Astoria, NY, Steve Kortyka is an accomplished mulit-instrumentalist, composer, educator and full time performer. When he’s not teaching in the BetterSax Studio, Steve is a main member of the Brian Newman Quintet/Quartet, one of NYC’s modern working bands holding multiple residencies throughout the city and earning a living performing the classic standards of yesteryear with a modern twist to them. The Grammy Award Winning albums ‘Cheek to Cheek’ (2014) and ‘Tony Bennett Celebrates 90’ (2016) feature Steve’s arranging work on ‘Firefly’, ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’, ‘Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. Steve is also featured performing an improvised solo on Irving Berlin’s classic “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”
Steve has lead and recorded three studio albums under his own name as well as co-leads the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra alongside some of NYC’s most brilliant up and coming arrangers. Steve serves as an Arranger/Music Director for the Brian Newman Orchestra and has written a number of arrangements for the band’s former residency at the historic NYC venue, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center
Since arriving in NYC in 2011, Steve has had the opportunity to perform at NYC’s notorious venues which include Radio City Music Hall, Cipriani’s, The Iridium, Rockefeller Center’s Square, Smalls, Birdland, Sony Music Hall, 54 Below, The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center and many others throughout the city. Steve has made numerous major network television appearances on shows including ‘The Jimmy Fallon Show’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (U.K.), ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Christmas at Rockefeller Center’, ABC’s ‘A Very Gaga Thanksgiving’, PBS’s ‘Great Performances’ and ‘NYE Live at Rockefeller Center with Carson Daly’ alongside Brian Newman in support of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
In addition to being a full time performer, Steve is also an avid teacher of instrumental as well as improvised music. Time is always made to share his love for the art of jazz and composition through clinics, masterclasses and solo performances around the United States.
List of Etudes
Online Video Course
Each etude is designed to teach you an element of jazz language and improvisation techniques. Steve Kortyka guides you step by step so you're not just playing the notes, but learning the tools you need to become a better improviser.
3 Digital Download Books
Eb, Bb and C Instrument versions are included with your enrollment.
Listen and practice along to recordings of each etude played over the original BetterTrax.com backing track accompaniment.
In my developing stages as a saxophonist and improviser I would often find myself feeling as though I were missing key pieces of the puzzle. Many times I would learn a line but not know the chords it was played over. The flip side to this is to know the chord changes but not know what to play over them.
Over the years I have found writing etudes over well known chord progressions to be a great way to get students to play authentic and thematic lines. Although reading through an etude is still not yet improvising, it provides a growing musician with the tools to investigate how a line fits the chord changes and what makes a line work. While you can get the same effect from reading a great solo transcription, what is unique about etudes is that they can be organized more strategically to highlight specific musical objectives.
What follows is a set of intermediate etudes that connect standard chord progressions to the BetterTrax.com Essential Jazz Repertoire Volume 1 collection of backing tracks. Time spent practicing these etudes and studying how they relate to the harmony they’re played over is sure to unlock new improvisational ideas and a deeper understanding of Jazz Harmony. Enjoy!
Saxophone Recording Artist, Performer and Educator
These etudes are fun to play, challenging and each one focuses on a particular element of jazz language and style. In the accompanying lesson videos Steve guides students through these studies pointing out the key things to look out for and dig into.
I’m proud to present to you this first volume of intermediate etudes and look forward to future collections already in the works.
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No, the this course is for all instruments. The demonstrations are all done on alto saxophone, but the student can play all of the etudes on any instrument.
Absolutely yes! The etudes in this course can be played on any instrument.