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Improvisation for Pianists

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Overview

Explore a broad range of concepts and methodology for playing changes and modal improvisation. Also includes ideas for soloing on the blues and developing facility in odd meters. Intermediate level.

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
4/11 – 6/6 (9 weeks)
Frank Martin • $375

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WEEK 1

Basic Modal improvisation

Song examples: McCoy Tyne’s “Effendi” and “Passion Dance”.

 

WEEK 2

Navigating songs with multiple 2-5-1 progressions

Song examples: “Lazy Bird” (Coltrane) & the standard “Afternoon in Paris”

 

WEEK 3

Navigating songs with multiple chord changes

Song examples: “Moment’s Notice” (Coltrane) & the standard “Have You Met Miss Jones?”

 

WEEK 4

Major Blues

Song examples: “Bud’s Blues” (Bud Powell) & “Tenor Madness” (Sonny Rollins)

 

WEEK 5

Modal Improv utilization “Pedal Point Floating” & mode changing

Song examples: “Milestones” and “So What” (Miles Davis)

 

WEEK 6

Minor Blues

Song examples: “Big “P” (Jimmy Heath) & “Nothing Personal” (Don Grolnick)

 

WEEK 7

Rhythm Changes

Song examples: “Rhythm-A-Ning” (Monk) & “Oleo” (Sonny Rollins)

 

WEEK 8

Taking it “outside” – concepts and techniques

 

WEEK 9

Free playing – Where to begin – where to go!

 

Frank Martin (piano/keyboard)

Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles. www.frankmartinproductions.com

 

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