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Anton Schwartz Workshops - March 24, 2018

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Anton Schwartz Workshops

Saturday, March 24, 2018- Two Workshops:

10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Improvising on "There Will Never be Another You"

This workshop delves deeply into one of the most widely played of all the jazz standards, a classic by Harry Warren. We examine the song’s harmony in ways that will directly help us improvise over it, discussing the chord progression 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). Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song’s structure, as well as a variety of neat harmonic tricks to embellish to the 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. Knowledge of basic harmony, including major, minor and mixolydian scales. Suggested: some familiarity with altered and half-diminished chords. Bring your instrument (optional).

1:30 - 4:00 pm - Developing Your Ballad Skills

The slow songs of the jazz repertoire may be less technically demanding than their faster counterparts, but they require special skills and arguably greater artistry to play credibly. In this workshop we tackle those skills head on, focusing on phrasing and feel, and outline practical avenues for improving your artistry. We also explore rubato, cadenzas and double-time feel as time allows.
Prerequisites: facility on a melodic instrument or vocals, some improvisational experience, and knowledge of basic jazz harmony.
Bring your instrument (recommended).