Anton Schwartz Workshops - January 25th, 2020

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Anton Schwartz Workshops

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 - Two Workshops:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Practicing Better

Musical mastery requires a lot of time. So let’s not waste any more time practicing the wrong way. In recent years, psychological experiments on skill acquisition have given a lot of new results about how most efficiently to develop skills that last… and some of the results are quite powerful and counterintuitive. In this workshop we explore a number of findings and their concrete application to how we should practice.

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Improvising over Confirmation

We delve deeply into the chord progression of this classic bebop composition by Charlie Parker. A staple of the jazz repertoire, its chord changes appear in many other songs and are essential knowledge for the intermediate & advanced player. We discuss its harmony on both a micro level (how each chord leads to the next) and a big-picture level (how they all work together to form a coherent song), in ways that will directly help us improvise over it. Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song's structure, as well as multiple approaches to navigating its chord changes. Students optionally improvise over the song and are critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement.
Prerequisites: facility on a melodic instrument or vocals, improvisational experience, and knowledge of basic jazz harmony.
Bring your instrument (optional).