Through its text and accompanying DVD, Playin' in the Band details the remarkable changes in a disabled young man over the course of seven years in music therapy. The study illustrates how he develops from being able to sustain fleeting moments of active musical participation to improvising musically in an organized and expressive manner for entire sessions. The book traces his development on the drums, guitar, and piano as he acquires the ability to play them in blues, jazz, country, and rock music. Interwoven with the story of his development are extended discussions on the therapeutic and musicological theory supporting improvisational work in these various groove-oriented forms of music.
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