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Teaching Jazz

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 am
by Trombone
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/

Re: Teaching Jazz

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:32 am
by AndrewMeronek
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.

Re: Teaching Jazz

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:57 am
by imsevimse
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:

/Tom

Re: Teaching Jazz

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 9:37 am
by baileyman
Play cool rhythms with a couple notes and focus on time. Fill in the blanks later as you discover what they are.

Re: Teaching Jazz

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 9:41 am
by bellend
You could check out this out.

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