Just like grammar (where we first learn letter recognition, then sounding out vowels & consonants, followed by basic words and simple sentences etc.), we will be discovering the not-so-basic-basic building blocks of the language of Jazz in this intensive class.
Level: Advanced Beginner – Intermediate
Requirement: Solid foundation of basic music theory
Max: 6 per class
*A more advanced class is available upon approval. Please inquire 🙂
Group I: 7/28-8/18・2 times per week
Group II: 7/27-8/18 ・2 times per week (by approval)
Q: I’m good on theory, but probably less than basic for solos.
A: Before learning licks, trying to improvise etc., it’s important that we are equipped with the basic building blocks/bones of Jazz Theory. Jazz Theory (ie learning how to construct/read/play basic chords) will inform you on what to play and in turn, what pedals to maneuver.
It’s the same theory we use in our “daily” practice, but with a “from the back kitchen door” approach. Think of it this way, we all know what scrambled eggs are. We’ve seen them on menus and as consumers at some point have eaten them and know what they taste like. My approach is to come from the other direction so you not only know how to make scrambled eggs (chords), but also how you can expand (harmony, phrasing) in preparing those eggs (poached, over easy, sunny side up, egg whites only, hard boiled and substitutions etc). Options, options, options. When you’re equipped with the basic building blocks, sky’s the limit.
Q: I want to work on my language – as everybody always 😉 since I’m sometimes more an Improvisor and less of a Lick-learner.
A: In addition to understanding the basic building blocks of Jazz Theory, we also will deal with Transcribing/Ear Training. Yep … good ole fashion aural skills 🙂 We all started learning language by simply listening to those speaking to us. Eventually, we moved to letter recognition, then sounding out vowels and consonants, then onto to reading/writing words, and in time sentences. Over the years, we’ve learned even more forms of words (synonyms) and now have a greater way of expressing/articulating thoughts and concepts.
Listening, listening, listening and transcribing tunes, solos, harmonic progressions gives us the same thing. It teaches us vocabulary/language by learning voicings, phrasing, harmony, nuance, style. So, we learn/transcribe what the legends did, then figure out how they used “it” in connection to the basic harmonic progressions.
For instance, instead of using a basic 1, 3, 5, Maj 7 to outline or communicate a Major 7 chord (See Jane run), we can learn through transcribing how musicians use 3, 6, 9 to expand/express the same chord (See Jane run over there). Maybe even a 3, 6, 9, #11 (Look at how Jane ran excitedly across the street). Or even 3, dom7, #9 (Girl, did you see how Jane just flew into that ice cream shop like it was last one in the universe ’bout to go out of business?)
Q: What are “Breakouts”?
A: Breakouts are day 2 of each week. Borrowed from the “Breakout rooms” on Zoom, this is a day where we specifically take time to really dig into the concept(s) we learned the day before to create a solid cornerstone for how to practice the remainder of the week. It’s a safe and great place to work things out, ask questions and build community.
Q: What if I miss a class?
A: All classes will be recorded and posted on a portal on my website (password accessible) for review. Once you register and have submitted payment, you will be given full access to the portal.