Jared Hall Workshops - July 13, 2019

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Jared Hall Workshops

Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - Two Workshops:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Essential Bebop Techniques and Devices for Improvisation

The bebop idiom, speared headed by musicians such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Theolonius Monk, Miles Davis and others, helped redefine what improvisations could sound like for all musicians moving forward.  The jazz styles that followed, whether it was hard bop, west coast, cool, modal, free or New York include these stylistic bebop strategies. This workshop focuses on helping you understanding, develop and implement the techniques utilized by these musicians.  Examples include the bebop scale concept, use of chromaticism, diatonic & non-diatonic enclosures, upper structures, arpeggios, pivots, ten bebop jazz tunes you need to know and more.  The workshop is interactive – please bring your instruments and questions.  It will include handouts transposed for all instrumentation.

1:00 - 3:00 pm - The Piano Grip System – Basic Voicings for the Non-Pianist

All aspiring jazz musicians are encouraged to learn the piano and develop basic fluency at the keyboard.  This workshop, derived from my dissertation as a graduate student from the University of Miami, will give you basic piano voicings to strengthen and improve your musicianship in the areas of theory, ear training and harmony.  We will learn a variety of simple voicings to execute II-V-I progressions in all keys and learn how to provide harmonic accompaniment to the jazz standard Stella By Starlight.  The approach of the piano grip system provides benefits to the individual with:

  • a development of jazz piano skills specifically for the non-pianist
  • a comprehensive understanding of chord-scale relationships
  • various ways to understand chord structures and scales, including their applications
  • terminology for labeling upper structures of chords
  • additional aural acuteness related to jazz harmony and chord progressions
  • visualization skills in relationship to chord symbols, intervals, and transposition
  • tools for learning improvisation 

The workshop will primarily be a lecture-based presentation with accompanying digital overhead presentation and handouts.  Horn players and rhythm section players will benefit from the workshop the most, but these concepts can also provide insight and additional skills to pianists. 

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