Creating & Producing Innovative Work With Your Instrument by Bryan Baker
After years of teaching and performing clinics, masterclasses, lectures and seminars throughout the US and Europe to enthusiastic and captivated audiences, guitarist Bryan Baker has compiled his philosophy, concepts, inspirations and innovative approaches to composition, improvisation and the musical experience in this -- his first catalog of ideas.
"Principles Of Music" delves deeply into truly original and thought provoking methods of improvising and composing, as well as his philosophical look at the totality of a musical experience. Featuring music examples as well as a detailed outline of musical "assignments" designed to create the highest level of productivity and development from the reader, "Principles Of Music" makes available to the reader the material and concepts that have made Bryan Baker one of the most respected, admired and innovative guitarists of his generation.
Guitarist and songwriter Bryan Baker has amazed and awed, inspired and overwhelmed audiences, editors, reviewers and fans worldwide. Bryan's mastery of the instrument, and his evolved, innovative and unique style of playing is singularly his own. From a soulful, bluesy vibe to breathtaking classical, to his hard hitting, intense rock style, Bryan Baker is a unique artist with a range of experience in composing, arranging and performing that is unsurpassed from an artist at this level of his career.
Forward by Bill Milkowski
Baker is eloquent, and occasionally poetic, in assessing the aspects of harmony, sound, phrasing, melody, space, energy and unity that go into making up a personal voice. His understanding of these devices and of the concept of music with a capital ‘M’ is positively eerie…like an old soul in a young body speaking the truth.
Listen to this young Siberian tiger, who is eager to unleash his new-old wisdom on a new generation of musicians waiting to conquer the world. – Bill Milkowski
Bill Milkowski is a contributor to Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. He is also the author of “JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius” and co-author of “Here and Now: The Autobiography of Pat Martino” (both on Backbeat Books)
The track above features various uses of the musical examples in the second chapter (“Melody”) of Principles of Music, with both the main riff, clean toned voicing and solo material all either taken directly from, or inspired by the material featured in the chapter.
Principles of Music is available in both digital and hard copy format