Transcription, the act of memorizing improvised solos directly from source recordings without written scores, addresses two of the most important areas for a jazz musician: memory and ear training. Back by popular demand, this workshop will give you the tools to facilitate the transcription process which improves skills in improvisation, instrumental technique, tone development, expressive nuance, sense of rhythm and comprehension of the jazz language. Recommendations on equipment, computer programs, digital applications, and instrument-specific recordings will be given to aid in starting a transcription. Strategies on learning, memory retention, and execution of a solo transcription, as well as direct application to enhancing one’s vocabulary and finding an individualized voice, will be the focus of the workshop. Examples on each of the strategies will be given and demonstrated.
This workshop will define the diminished scale, chord and sound concept from multiple perspectives, helping you understand and learn it in a variety of ways. As a symmetrical scale, the diminished concept is simultaneously simple and complex. We’ll discuss how to effectively practice and apply the diminished concept on a variety of chords including dominant, dominant-flat 9, diminished, diminished-major and more. We’ll listen to both historical and contemporary recording examples of the diminished concept used by jazz masters. Handouts on essential practice exercises utilizing the diminished concept will be provided. Please bring your instruments!