General Description

'Improvisation is the most defining feature of jazz' (Winton Marsalis). The same could be said for much of western popular music born in the 20th century. The NSW Board of Studies Music

syllabus states, 'improvisation is the simultaneous creation and performance of music. The improviser draws on known information and seeks to reorder it to produce something different'.

The purpose of this course is to provide not only 'information' and insight into how to 're-order it’ but also how to use this knowledge in the classroom to produce something different (improvise and/or compose). This course is for all stages of experience and starts at a basic level with extensive notes, music and examples.

 

Audience

High school music teachers who wish to improvise, arrange, compose and understand the theory behind the music.

 

Teaching Standards

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation:  Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs

 

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Contents

    • Class Notes and Videos

    • Contents of Appendix

    • Download Resources

  • 2

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Improvisation

    • The Blues

    • Jazz and Improvisation

  • 3

    Module 2 - Chord/Scale Theory and its application to Jazz Improvisation

    • Chord Scale Theory and its Application to Jazz Improvisation

    • Examples

    • Scales and Chords

    • Melody and Chords

    • Understanding Chord Progressions and the Role of Cycle of 5ths

    • Reflection Task

  • 4

    Module 3 - Four Note Chords

    • Four Note Chords - Theory

    • Four Note Chords

  • 5

    Module 4 - The Blues

    • The Blues

    • Jazz

    • The Blues Structure

  • 6

    Module 5 - The Blues 2

    • The Blues 2

    • One Scale fits One Chord

    • Reflection Task

  • 7

    Module 6 - Blue Bossa

    • Blue Bossa

    • Blue Bossa

    • Modes

    • Scales and Chords

    • Tension and Release

  • 8

    Module 7 - Chord Substitutions

    • Chord Substitutions

    • Chord substitutions and jazz harmony

    • Rule 1: Tri-Tone Substitution

    • Rule 2: Alterations using Rule 1 and Rule 2 on a V - I progression

    • Rule 3: III replaces I in the cycle

    • Rule 4: Chord quality change

    • Rule 5: Diminished chord as a disguised dominant 7th, b9 chord

    • Rule 6: A IV minor chord can be replaced with its related dominant

  • 9

    Module 8 - Heart and Soul

    • Video 8 Heart + Soul Tta-1

    • Heart and Soul Substitutions

  • 10

    Module 9 - Blues Substitutions

    • The Blues with substitution chords

    • Blues with substitution chords

    • Reflection Task

  • 11

    Module 10 - Scale Page and Conclusions

    • Scale Page and Conclusion

    • Scale Page

    • Conclusion

  • 12

    Appendix - Historical Development of Chord-Scale Theory and its Pedagogical Application to Jazz Improvisation

    • Introduction

    • Early History

    • Early Jazz

    • Chord Scale Theory

    • Conclusion

    • Resources

  • 13

    Appendix - Music

    • Blue Bossa: C part

    • Blue Bossa : Bb part

    • Blue Bossa : Eb part

    • Blue Bossa : C bass part

    • Cantaloupe Island : Bb lead

    • Cantaloupe Island : Bb harmony

    • Cantaloupe Island : Bb tenor harmony

    • Cantaloupe Island : Eb Alto

    • Cantaloupe Island : C lead part

    • Cantaloupe Island : Eb alto harmony

    • Cantaloupe Island : C lead sheet bass clef

    • Cantaloupe Island : Keyboard

    • Cantaloupe Island - Guitar

    • Cantaloupe Island - Bass

    • Rays Blues : C part

    • Rays Blues : Bb part

    • Rays Blues : Eb part

    • Rays Blues : C part bass instrument

  • 14

    Audio - Recorded Demos

    • St. Louis Blues - Maxine Sullivan - TTA demo

    • C C Rider - Jerry Lee Lewis - TTA demo

    • C C Rider - The Gene Harris - TTA demo

    • Mid Blues Demo 6 X - Ray Forster - TTA play along

    • CJam Blues - Ray Forster - TTA play along

    • Blue Bossa - Joe Henderson - TTA demo

    • Blue Bossa - Ray Forster - TTA demo

    • Blue Bossa

    • Cantaloupe Island - Herby Hancock - TTA demo

    • Cantaloupe Island - Ray Forster - TTA play along

  • 15

    Course Feedback

    • Feedback

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