Music is a language and jazz improvisation is a dialect within that language. This workshop focuses techniques to developing a fluent, melodic improvisatory language similar to how you may approach learning a foreign language. Whether your interest is in jazz, blues, rock or fusion, the system presented gives a tangible method to approach playing inside chord changes and harmonic structures encountered within a variety of styles. We’ll discuss strategies on connecting your ear to what you play, visualization, developing vocabulary, ear training and memory. Please bring your instruments as we will do some group playing and demonstrations together. Handouts on these strategies and examples of melodic structures to internalize and develop will be provided.
This workshop is related to the year-long class offering originally titled “Jazz Melodies” which will be offered this coming Fall 2018 retitled as “Developing a Melodic Language”. For more information on the upcoming year-long class, please visit https://jazznightschool.org/collections/classes-and-labs.
Interested in creating notated hand-written or digitally produced music scores for you bandmates? Or maybe you want to create profession grade transcription scores, lead sheets or musical exercises? This workshop dives into how to create a quality, well-written lead sheet, transcription, individual section part (small and large group) and full score (combo and big band). Discussion will focus on how to properly organize and notate bars, rhythms, rests, chord symbols, hits and phrases into a score which is easy to read and understand. We’ll discuss and explore the digital technology available today using computer programs and applications in order to create notated scores for your musical needs.