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

Savvy Interactive Music Publishing are pleased to announce the launch of the "How To Learn To Improvise" 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, with notation and audio play-along files embedded directly in to the books. 

The "How To Learn To Improvise" 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 and something that 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. 

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Now Available on iBooks...

Book 1 in the "How To Learn To Improvise" series from Buster Birch is now available worldwide on the iBooks Store. "An Introduction To Improvising" is a prequel to the Minor Pentatonic Scales book and is based on a tried and tested series of simple exercises that Buster uses in his "Introduction to Improvising" series of workshops. This book includes all of the material and exercises for all four transpositions, so can be used by virtually any instrument and, like the rest of the series, has audio files embedded to play along with, which enables students to work alone (for individual practice) or in a group setting. With everything that is included here almost any music teacher could help their students to begin to improvise with confidence and understanding. This interactive digital book includes... Ear training exercises using 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 note phrases, an introduction to the Minor Pentatonic Scale, an introduction to Question & Answer phrasing, backing tracks in different styles and tempos to practice along with, how to compose a riff blues using Q&A phrasing, a sample composition and arrangement to learn and practice soloing along with. All exercises include embedded audio files to play along with which train the ears and eyes at the same time. This one book includes all of the notation in Concert Pitch, Bass Clef, Bb Pitch and Eb Pitch, so can be used by virtually any instrument. Multiple copies of the book can be used in a class scenario to teach groups of students. 

Available now on the iBooks Store for only £2.99

Also available in the series... 

Book 2 - "How To Learn To Improvise using Minor Pentatonic Scales" has been widely received as a great resource for anyone wanting to develop their improvisation skills. Unlike a lot of other available material on this subject it isn’t just about the theory. It is about the process of learning and provides a series of practical exercises that break down, what can feel like for some, a huge leap in to small manageable steps. It is a tried and tested practical method that is thorough and gradually moves the student away from playing scales up and down to creating melodic phrases and gives them the confidence to improvise and not get lost in the form.  This interactive digital book includes... Over 18,000 words of text giving clear guidance and instruction for each exercise and harmonic analysis showing how each scale fits with each chord sequence, 189 pages, 369 notated musical examples, A thorough practice routine and series of exercises in all 12 keys, 1340 play-along audio files embedded directly in the book, 7 different backing tracks for practicing improvising in various different styles, including Swing, Bossa Nova, Pop and Blues, with all exercises in all 12 keys. 

Available now on the iBooks Store for only £4.99

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, Tuba, Sousaphone. 

Suitable for all Bb Pitch instruments including: 

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

Suitable for all Eb Pitch instruments including: 

Sopranino Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Eb Clarinet, Tenor Horn.


"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... 

Book 3 - How To Learn To Improvise with Jazz Chord Symbols vol 1

Book 4 - How To Learn To Improvise with Jazz Licks vol 1