Spring Session: March 30 - June 8, 2019

Dmitri Matheny Workshop - March 23, 2019

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Dmitri Matheny Workshop 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

10:00am - 12:00pm - Melodic Mastery: Secrets of Lyrical Improvisation

Based on the teachings of his mentor, jazz legend Art Farmer, Dmitri Matheny advocates a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz which stands in stark contrast to the chord scale and pattern-based methods currently in vogue. In this workshop, we will explore the mental processes that take place while playing a jazz solo and the skills required for true improvisation. With an emphasis on deep listening and jazz-as-conversation, we will discuss the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form) from the soloist’s perspective, why the melody should be your guide, and how to spontaneously create your own melodies and develop them in real time through a series of simple or complex harmonic changes.