Teaching Jazz

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Trombone
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Teaching Jazz

Post by Trombone » Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 am

Asking for a friend/

I'm primarily an ear player/ I have really strong ears and hear chord changes really reallly well and stuff/ but because i never went through the acdemic chanelles i'm not sure where to start or how to organize the info to make it more digestible. I'd really like ideas on hot to teach what i seem to just know.

again, sking for a friend/
I play and teach the trombone, as well as other novelties.
AndrewMeronek
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Re: Teaching Jazz

Post by AndrewMeronek » Wed May 16, 2018 10:32 am

The most important thing in jazz improvisation is to develop a vocabulary of musical ideas. Chord changes and scales do not constitute musical ideas, although they are useful. The language parallel would be that notes are like letters, chords and scales are like syllables, and the actual musical ideas (motifs or licks) are words, which are then connected to form sentences and paragraphs. To that end, learn musical ideas by learning others' solos, memorized, not just transcribing to paper. Play along with the recordings.
“All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.”

- Thelonious Monk
imsevimse
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Re: Teaching Jazz

Post by imsevimse » Thu May 17, 2018 10:57 am

AndrewMeronek wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 10:32 am
The most important thing in jazz improvisation is to develop a vocabulary of musical ideas. Chord changes and scales do not constitute musical ideas, although they are useful. The language parallel would be that notes are like letters, chords and scales are like syllables, and the actual musical ideas (motifs or licks) are words, which are then connected to form sentences and paragraphs. To that end, learn musical ideas by learning others' solos, memorized, not just transcribing to paper. Play along with the recordings.
Great allegory! :good:

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baileyman
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Re: Teaching Jazz

Post by baileyman » Sat May 19, 2018 9:37 am

Play cool rhythms with a couple notes and focus on time. Fill in the blanks later as you discover what they are.
bellend
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Re: Teaching Jazz

Post by bellend » Sat May 19, 2018 9:41 am

You could check out this out.

Bert Boeren is a fantastic player and teacher and now runs an on line jazz trombone course.

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