50 traditional klezmer tunes with playalongs

The Klezmer Playbook is a collection of 50 traditional klezmer tunes respectfully transcribed from historical sources and carefully arranged, with professionally recorded playalongs for digital download. The book is available in six versions, suitable for all instruments.

The melodies in this book are popular tunes played at klezmer jam sessions around the world. They are simplified for ease of reading, written with only a few indications of articulation, phrasing and ornamentation. We have selected the tunes to include the most common dance and non-dance styles (khosidl, freylekh, bulgar, zhok/hora, waltz, honga, patsh tants, terkisher, dobriden) and ensured all the typical klezmer modes and keys are well represented. Also included are some useful worksheets on modes, accompaniment rhythms and chords as well as links to resources.

 

The Klezmer Playbook is available in six different editions, so you can play these tunes with every member of your ensemble. You just need the right book for your instrument!

 

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About the playalongs

The playalongs, professionally recorded by Susi Evans (clarinet) and Szilvia Csaranko (piano), are a fun way to learn the tunes and beneficial to practising phrasing, style, rhythm and intonation. There are four playalong tracks for each tune in practise tempo, dance tempo and with and without melody. The first and the last tune in the book are quite slow melodies anyway, so these just come in one tempo. In total, you get 196 mp3s for download - that's more than 5 hours of music!

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Editions available:

Klezmer Playbook C-instruments

Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Klezmer Playbook

50 traditional klezmer tunes for C-instruments

(violin, flute, accordion etc.)

 

accompaniment instruments: have a look at the Melody & Bass book, too

 

with playalongs for download

 

£ 35.00* + shipping

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Klezmer Playbook Bb-instruments

Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Klezmer Playbook

50 traditional klezmer tunes for Bb-instruments

(clarinet, trumpet, tenor/soprano saxophone etc.)

 

with playalongs for download

 

£ 35.00* + shipping

order here

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Klezmer Playbook Eb-instruments

Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Klezmer Playbook

50 traditional klezmer tunes for Eb-instruments

(alto saxophone etc.)

 

with playalongs for download

 

£ 35.00* + shipping

order here

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Klezmer Playbook Viola

Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Klezmer Playbook

50 traditional klezmer tunes for viola

 

with playalongs for download

 

£ 35.00* + shipping

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Klezmer Playbook Cello

Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Klezmer Playbook

50 traditional klezmer tunes for Cello

(Melody in bass clef with an extra accompaniment bass part, for instruments that prefer to read in bass-clef: cello, bassoon, trombone etc.)

 

with playalongs for download

 

£ 35.00* + shipping

order here

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Klezmer Playbook Melody & Bass

Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Klezmer Playbook

50 traditional klezmer tunes for Cello

(like the C book, but with an extra double bass part.
Useful for accompaniment instruments like piano, guitar, accordion, double bass etc.)

 

with playalongs for download

 

£ 35.00* + shipping

order here

Look inside the book:



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