The Grip System – Horns Meet Piano
The Grip System is designed using chords, scales, and structures which jazz artists and educators are fluent in. “It’s about the approach—it’s just a way to deal with this stuff,” says Whit Sidener, creator/educator of The Grip System—University of Miami. The approach through the grip system was developed to be accessible to students without overwhelming them with massive and complex philosophies.
What students are saying about the class:
Jared is an effective teacher and really knows his stuff. The class has been fabulous and helps me in several different areas at once. While training me to be able to play through a tune’s changes on the piano (which I couldn’t do before and now can do), the class has also really helped my ear, especially in recognizing extended, complex harmonies, given me a better understanding of those harmonies and their uses, and has given me a lot of insight into ways to approach those harmonies on my horn to boot. – Eric Beck
Students must have at least Jazz Harmony – Level One knowledge including intervals, triads, scale degrees, seventh chords, traditional harmony, and the major scale tonal system. Any student pursuing the grip system approach to playing piano must have a basic knowledge of the piano and piano skills including knowledge of the names and written notation of notes in relation to the keyboard. Access to a keyboard is essential for practice/homework.
Class meets 1.5 hours weekly
Registration and Payments
Registration requires payment in full by the first meeting of a session (unless special arrangements have been made). Seats are filled on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis and cannot be assigned unless payment is received. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.
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