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-by-step conceptual approach is used and with each new tune, a different concept is added.
Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/7 – 3/18 (10 weeks) no class 1 /21
Glenn Richman • $415
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
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.
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
Intermediate technical facility and ability to read music. Knowledge of jazz harmony and some jazz improvisation experience.
Jazz Etude – Satin Doll chord tone etude
Chord tone drills
Rhythm drills – jazz anticipated triplets
Diatonic exercises – #1
Voiced leading study
Jazz Etude – Satin Doll scale tone etude
Scale tone drills
Rhythm drills – jazz anticipated triplets with accents
Diatonic exercises – #2
Four note group study
Jazz Etude – Satin Doll chromatic etude
Diatonic exercises – #3
Two bar & four bar phrasing
Jazz chromatics study
Learning to play without a song chart
Jazz Etude – Autumn Leaves chord tone etude
Rhythm drills – accented 8th notes
Diatonic exercises – #4
Jazz Etude – Autumn Leaves scale tone etude
Altered & Locrian scale study
Diatonic exercises – #5
Jazz Etude – Autumn Leaves chromatic etude
Altered, Locrian & Blues scale study
Diatonic exercises – #6
Jazz Etude – Rhythm Changes chord tone etude
Rhythm drills – drum rhythms & syncopation
Diatonic exercises – #7
Jazz Etude – Rhythm Changes scale tone etude
Rhythm Changes – melodic devices
Diatonic exercises – students compose their own diatonic exercise
Jazz Etude – Rhythm Changes chromatic etude
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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