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Intermediate Jazz Improvisation II

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Overview

This new course is a continuation of Intermediate Jazz Improvisation I, designed for musicians interested in developing their jazz improvisation skills in a focused, hands-on setting. Develop familiarity with melodic material, based on jazz standards and composed by the instructor, making use of chord, scale, and non-diatonic tones. Compose and perform etudes based on these concepts for in-class critique. Study solos recorded by influential jazz musicians, id entifying essential jazz vocabulary elements to be applied in the construction of new solos, to be written and performed in class each week. Additional areas of study include playing and improvising in 3/4 (jazz waltz) time and ballad playing. The instructor also presents a range of common jazz phrases (licks) to be practiced in all keys. Prerequisites: Intermediate Jazz Improvisation I.

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
4/4 – 6/6 (10 weeks)
Glenn Richman • $395

Registration

Online enrollment is not available for this course. Please call 510-845-5373 to register by phone.

DEPARTMENT: Theory and Improvisation

COURSE TITLE:  Intermediate Jazz Improvisation II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This new course is a continuation of Intermediate Jazz Improvisation I, designed for musicians interested in developing their jazz improvisation skills in a focused, hands-on setting. Develop familiarity with melodic material, based 
on jazz standards and composed by the instructor, making use of chord, scale,
and non-diatonic tones. Compose and perform etudes based on these concepts for in-class critique. Study solos recorded by influential jazz musicians, identifying essential jazz vocabulary elements to be applied in the construction of new solos, to be written and performed in class each week. Additional areas of study include playing and improvising in 3/4 (jazz waltz) time and ballad playing. The instructor also presents a range of common jazz phrases (licks) to be practiced in all keys.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To further all of the skills and concepts learned in Improv I plus gain the ability to solo over more complex jazz standards, jazz waltz rhythm, jazz ballads. Also, students will learn jazz solo transcriptions and how to apply those transcriptions to their own soloing ability.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Intermediate Jazz Improvisation I

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

Jazz solo transcription – Charlie Parker’s “Moose the Mooch”

“Moose the Mooch” – analysis

Melodic devices from “Moose the Mooch”

Rhythm drills

Bebop scales

Week 2

Jazz solo transcription – Charlie Parker’s “Moose the Mooch”

“Moose the Mooch” – analysis

Melodic devices from “Moose the Mooch”

Play solo transcription

Solo using melodic devices

Rhythm drills

Bebop scales

Week 3

Jazz Standard Etude – Night & Day chord tone etude

Chord tone drills

Locrian ll scales

Diminished scales

Rhythm drills

Bebop licks

Scat singing

Week 4

Jazz Standard Etude – Night & Day scale tone etude

Scale tone drills

Locrian ll scales

Diminished scales

Rhythm drills

Bebop licks

Scat singing

Week 5

Jazz Standard Etude – Night & Day chromatic etude

Locrian ll scales

Diminished scales

Rhythm drills

Bebop licks

Scat singing

Week 6

Jazz waltz etude – Bluesette chord & scale tone etudes

Chord & scale tone drills in 3/4

Rhythm drills – counting in 3/4

Bebop licks

Scat singing

Week 7

Jazz waltz etude – Bluesette chromatic etude

Chord & scale tone drills in 3/4

Rhythm drills – counting in 3/4

Scat singing

Week 8

Jazz ballad etude – Misty etude

Chord & scale drills as applied to ballad playing

Playing 16th note phrases

Week 9

Jazz ballad etude – Misty etude

Chord & scale drills as applied to ballad playing

Playing 16th note phrases

Jazz solo transcription – Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee”

Week 10

Jazz solo transcription – Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee”

Transcription analysis

Melodic devices

Glenn Richman (bass)

Mannes School of Music (1 yr); Berklee College of Music (2 yrs). Advisor, Jazzschool Bass Program; student of Buster Williams, George Mraz and Mike Longo; performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Hendricks, Dave Liebman, Chet Baker, Benny Green, Dakota Staton, Chris Connor, Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Billy Hart, Larry Willis, George Coleman and Mickey Roker; faculty, Brubeck Institute, UC Berkeley and Chabot College.

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