In order to start swinging in your soloing and melodic phrasing, you have to have listened to A LOT OF JAZZ. But also, you need to look closely at these elements and add them to your busy practice schedule. Let's look at The Beatles, Miles Davis, The Basie Orchestra, and Red Garland for our answers. Recorded using Earthworks SV33 Vocal Condenser Mic Earthworks PM40 Piano Mic
Aimee is quickly becoming a highly sought after educator in the jazz community, since launching her YouTube channel, Aimee Nolte Music. She spent a 10 day stint as an instructor for the renowned vocal coach David Braid's VocalizeU camp in Malibu during the summer of 2016 and has appeared as a featured artist/clinician/adjudicator at numerous jazz festivals around the country, including Univeristy Of Northern Michigan, Fullerton College, South Plains College, and The Hilton Head Jazz Camp. Aimee continues to teach clinics and master classes to students who want to learn to scat seeing like serious jazz musicians, and players who want to take their improvisation game to the next level.
When we take a solo, where do our brains go? Are we strictly feeling what's about to come out, or are we calculating every move as we go? Discussing time feel, scale-based ideas, self-imposed limits, melodic skips and sequencing, I walk you through my own thought process to try and get to the bottom of this question, using "Just The Two Of Us" as for chord changes. See also: Funk Piano Tutorial: Just The Two Of Us
In order to REALLY get to know a tune (a song), you don't only have to play it in all of the keys, but you can also THINK it in all of the keys. This is next level stuff, and I hope you have fun taking this step. If you'd like to donate to my channel, please do so here: https://paypal.me/aimn
"On The Fly" is an expression, meaning, to do something quickly, without much time for preparation or thought. Sometimes we have to write charts (a term that jazz players use instead of "sheet music") very quickly and under odd circumstances. Here is how I do that!
Lets discuss chords, their flavors, and their inversions. Let's talk about how to hear the difference between them and then quiz you to check your progress. Answers below!
If you want to be a great improviser, you must know how to play simple melodies by ear. You've got to, man dudes. Before you start asking about scales and modes, ask yourself if you can EVEN MELODY!
From 1979-2018, Steve Call taught tuba, euphonium, jazz piano, jazz improv, and jazz history/studies at Brigham Young University. When I came to BYU to audition in 1995, Steve is the one who heard me and decided to let me in to the school with a partial scholarship. He directed The Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band combo that I was a part of for 3 years, and taught me so much about what kind of musician I wanted to be. I owe so much of what I am today to Steve.
Chances are, if you're a beginning jazzer, you don't swing yet. You may think that you do... but you probably don't yet! I was once you. This is how I learned to swing. Hope it helps all you future swingin cats.