The Swinging Solos of Elmer Snowden
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Transcriptions of Elmer Snowden’s Jazz Solos
From His Harlem Banjo! Album
"I knew about Elmer Snowden. But now, I know a lot more about Elmer Snowden. I'm going to learn every solo in this book. Thank you, Cynthia!"
- It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
- Doin’ The New Lowdown
- Runnin’ Wild
- Diga Diga Doo
- Them There Eyes
- Tishomingo Blues
- C-Jam Blues
- Sweet Georgia Brown
- Alabamy Bound
- Twelfth Street Rag
- Bugle Call Rag
- Dear Old Southland
- "A valuable addition to the trad jazz/banjo/guitar literature!"
— HOWARD ALDEN, Jazz Guitarist & Banjoist
— DON VAPPIE, Jazz Banjoist
- "In writing this book Cynthia Sayer has filled two glaring gaps that have existed for a long time: she has brought Elmer Snowden's great playing and musicality to the fore and directly addressed the absence of publications which speak to playing the banjo as a swing instrument. She's done a great job in putting together these transcriptions of his solos and includes them in both Snowden's low G tuning (tenor tuned down a fourth) and the standard tenor C tuning. Banjo being one of the instruments in the early days of jazz enseembles, those of you who want to know what a banjoist showld be doing when playing the music of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller Frankie Newton, Beny Carter, Bessie Smith et al., need to check out Elmer Snowden."
— JAMES CHIRILLO, Jazz Guitarist & Banjoist, Guitar Faculty at the Juilliard School