LEVEL 3- INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED

Goals:

  • Continual Development in Jazz Improvisation
  • Continued Development in Piano Technique and Reading Skils (if needed)
  • Continual development in melodic and harmonic skills through theory and practice
  • Discussion of potential future with jazz and "gigging" strategies
  • Continual development in ear training and listening skills
  • Building of jazz repertoire

Lessons:

Piano Technique:

 

  • Continued development of reading (if needed)
  • Through Card Exercises (CE) and metronome, practice of 4 and 5 note open-position chords
  • Through CE and metronome, learning of "exotic" 7th chords
  • Through CE and metronome, learning of altered dominants

 

Jazz Improvisation:

 

  • Difference between phrase and chord/scale based improvisation
  • Use of repetition and sequencing in solos
  • Application of transcriptions to improvising
  • Soloing over altered harmony
  • Passing tones as relevant to bebop language

 

Jazz Repertoire:

 

  • Establishment of a list of tunes to learn for different functions (i.e. cocktail gig, jam session...)

 

Ear Training:

 

  • Transcriptions of jazz solos with emphasis on acquiring feel of person being transcribed
  • Trascription of jazz solos with emphasis on learning melodic phrases

 

Jazz Theory:

 

  • Simple reharmonization including diatonic reharm and tri-tone substitutions
  • Continued exploration into altered harmony
  • Melodic Minor modes

 

Work Strategies:

 

  • Discuss possible roles and application of jazz in student's future
  • Discuss different opportunites to play jazz in different ensembles and network