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Neo-Soul Harmony & Improvisation for Keyboardists


Have you ever wondered how artists like Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper and Moonchild write their music? In this class, you will learn how to hear, analyze, improvise and write your very own neo-soul tunes. Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll take a deep dive into neo-soul/jazz harmony through a series of ear training exercises, harmonic analysis methods, improvisation and chord scale usage techniques and reharmonization & composition strategies, ultimately composing your own neo-soul chord progression or song by the end of the course.

Prerequisites: basic keyboard proficiency and knowledge of chord structures (triads and 7th chords).

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/9 – 3/13 (10 weeks)
Marcelino Quiroz • $415

Week 1 — History & Origins

Week 2 — Harmonic Analysis

Week 3 — Harmonic Analysis II

Week 4 — Reharmonization

Week 5 — Improvisation Techniques

Week 6 — Improvisation Techniques II

Week 7 — Stylistic Considerations

Week 8 — Voicings & Voice-leading

 Week 9 — Composition Strategies

Week 10 — Performances & Q&A

Marcelino Quiroz (piano)

B.M. Film Scoring (’04), Berklee College of Music (piano principal), studied jazz piano performance with Joanne Brackeen; MRQ Productions, principal film composer/audio editor; Professional Musician, performing on piano, synth and Hammond B-3 regularly in the SF Bay Area in a variety of genres, including: jazz, funk, neo-soul, R&B, reggae and more; Private Piano Instructor/Certified K-6 Educator, 14 years experience teaching music theory to groups and individuals, ranging from beginner children to advanced-level adults; Musical Director/Bandleader, Mango Kingz (island reggae) and The Mars Express (neo-soul/cosmic gospel).

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