The triad is one of the most basic grouping of notes and strongest sounds within Western music. Triadic-based approaches within jazz improvisation are nothing new but enhancing technical fluency and direct application of them can be another aspect for us to deal with. This workshop shares twenty unique and personally developed exercises to help you practice and apply triads to a variety of chords and chord progressions. Using triads, we’ll limit our possible note choices, simplifying our options as improvisors, while simultaneously expanding our applications. We’ll explore a variety of sounds including inside, traditional, modern, hip and dissonant triadic approaches. Please bring your instruments!
This workshop discusses the guidelines for creating and benefits of adhering to a practice routine to develop and address all aspects of your musical self, including warming up, fundamentals, improving technique, learning styles, repertoire, improvisation and much more. Strategies on both short-term and long-term goal setting will also be shared. Tools (practice log, timer, metronome, etc.) will be given to help you stay on track, committed and focused in your practice routine. If you feel your practice is unorganized, time spent in the shed is not efficient or you’ve hit a wall in your improvement, this may be the workshop for you.