The Savvy Guides... by award winning jazz educator Buster Birch

Savvy Interactive Music Publishing are pleased to announce the launch of "The Savvy Guide To..." series of music tuition books by award winning jazz educator Buster Birch. Each book is dedicated to different concepts and techniques used for improvising and includes Concert Pitch, Bb Pitch, Eb Pitch and Bass Clef versions, making them useful for virtually all instruments. Drawing on his years of experience teaching improvisation to adult learners, school children and music conservatoire students he presents a simple a step by step guide to developing the skills required for improvising. Offering clear instruction and a logical pathway these interactive digital books include many practical exercises, which are tried and tested methods, in all 12 keys with notation and audio play-along files at different tempos embedded directly in to the books. 

The Savvy Guide To... series of music tuition books are meant for

  • Musicians who have little or no experience with improvising and do not know where to start. 
  • Musicians who have some experience of improvising but want a less “hit and miss” approach. 
  • More experienced improvisers who want a thorough and rigorous practice method to improve their improvising skills in all 12 keys and can be used as a great warm up routine. 
  • Music teachers who want to include improvisation in their lessons, but have little experience in how to teach it. 

Now Available on iBooks...

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Suitable for vocalists interested in scat singing and all Concert Pitch instruments including: 

Piano, Organ, Guitar, Vibraphone, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Oboe, Bassoon. 

Suitable for all Bass Clef instruments including: 

Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Trombone. 

Suitable for all Bb Pitch instruments including: 

Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Clarinet. 

Suitable for all Eb Pitch instruments including: 

Alto Sax, Baritone Sax. 

For only £4.99


"Highly recommended for players new to improvising and looking for an engaging way to get started with this component of Jazz vocabulary. Buster has created a well thought-out and easy to follow guide with embedded audio examples that make it very immediate and interactive. It comes in Eb and Bb as well as the Concert keys and will make a valuable on-the-go addition to your practice routines.” 

Nick Smart (Head of Jazz, Royal Academy of Music, London)

“This is a great resource, both for beginners and more advanced students (it’s always good to go backwards!).  Buster arranges this in a way that introduces ideas logically and slowly, and yet still allows for creativity and invention in their application.  The interactive elements are extremely helpful and allow lots of play and practice!”

Liam Noble (Professor of Jazz Piano at Birmingham Conservatoire & Trinity College of Music)

"I am staggered by the possibilities your course offers should one use it as prescribed and not move on too quickly. The variable speeds in bite size pieces and what you are offering with future modules is, as far as I know, quite unique. I have a graveyard of online courses, in fact I made such a hash, over the years, of trying to download audio and print off massive ebooks that I have lost sight of many of them. I have also paid very silly amounts of money for tedious exercises in C and then had to work the rest out for myself, guess what, I gave them all up. I am amazed yours is so low priced but I suspect it will generate volume, a bit like apps. I have a feeling that this will become a gold standard and pray it will make your pension pot spill over. All I wanted to say here was how good it is and thank you for your hard work and commitment. I would like to be able to re pay you for your efforts by using it as you would have wished."
Ann (jazz workshop student)

Coming soon to iBooks... 

The second in The Savvy Guide To... series is "How To Learn To Improvise using Jazz Licks (vol 1)"