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Intermediate Jazz Improvisation I

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Overview

This course gives students a strong foundation in the Great American Songbook repertoire and the ability to improvise over chord progressions with correct notes and good phrasing. Several compositions from the Great American Songbook will be used as vehicles to study basic chord structures, scale structures and non-diatonic neighboring tones. Emphasis is placed on utilization of basic harmonic concepts, thereby turning exercises into melody. A step-bystep conceptual approach is used and with each new tune, a different concept is added.

Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/8 – 3/19 (10 weeks) no class 1/15
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 I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Through drills and exercises introduced by the instructor, students develop the ability to “make the changes” by playing the right notes, with good rhythmic phrasing, in their solos. Several compositions from the Great American Songbook are used as vehicles to study chords, scales and the proper use of important non-diatonic tones. This class is open to all instruments.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1) Students gain understanding of correct scales to apply to chord progressions

2) Students gain understanding of jazz rhythms and syncopation

3) Students gain ability to compose their own solos

4) Students gain ability to improvise their own solos

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Intermediate technical facility and ability to read music. Knowledge of jazz harmony and some jazz improvisation experience.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

Course introduction

Jazz Etude – Satin Doll chord tone etude

Chord tone drills

Rhythm drills – jazz anticipated triplets

Diatonic exercises – #1

Voiced leading study

Week 2

Jazz Etude – Satin Doll scale tone etude

Scale tone drills

Rhythm drills – jazz anticipated triplets with accents

Diatonic exercises – #2

Voiced leading study

Four note group study

Week 3

Jazz Etude – Satin Doll chromatic etude

Rhythm drills – jazz anticipated triplets with accents

Diatonic exercises – #3

Scat singing

Two bar & four bar phrasing

Jazz chromatics study

Learning to play without a song chart

Week 4

Jazz Etude – Autumn Leaves chord tone etude

Chord tone drills

Rhythm drills – accented 8th notes

Diatonic exercises – #4

Scat singing

Two bar & four bar phrasing

Learning to play without a song chart

Week 5

Jazz Etude – Autumn Leaves scale tone etude

Scale tone drills

Altered & Locrian scale study

Rhythm drills – accented 8th notes

Diatonic exercises – #5

Scat Singing

Week 6

Jazz Etude – Autumn Leaves chromatic etude

Scale tone drills

Altered, Locrian & Blues scale study

Rhythm drills – accented 8th notes

Diatonic exercises – #6

Scat Singing

Week 7

Jazz Etude – Rhythm Changes chord tone etude

Chord tone drills

Rhythm drills – drum rhythms & syncopation

Diatonic exercises – #7

Scat Singing

Week 8

Jazz Etude – Rhythm Changes scale tone etude

Scale tone drills

Rhythm Changes – melodic devices

Rhythm drills – drum rhythms & syncopation

Diatonic exercises – students compose their own diatonic exercise

Scat Singing

Week 9

Jazz Etude – Rhythm Changes chromatic etude

Rhythm Changes – melodic devices

Rhythm drills – drum rhythms & syncopation

Diatonic exercises – students compose their own diatonic exercise

Scat Singing

Week 10

Course review

Jam Session on Satin Doll, Autumn Leaves & Rhythm Changes

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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