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Dominant Chords: Improvisational Dominance

February 5, 2015

Several approaches to dominant chords in improvisation.

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Basic Training: The Pentatonic Scale

December 3, 2014

Pentatonic Scale Use for Vocalists

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A Process to Jazz Improvisation

October 24, 2014

How do we go about becoming spontaneous improvisers?

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Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part III

January 6, 2014

Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part III

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Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part II

December 17, 2013

Continuing our look at using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition

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Rhythmic Analysis: Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – ‘Housed From Edward’

March 28, 2012

Analyzing various rhythmic devices can generate various compositional and arranging ideas.

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Latin Music – A Primer

January 9, 2012

Anyone who loves music, studies it and plays it for a living knows there are no shortcuts to learn. Only life-long commitment and lots of practice to get better. If you are new to Latin music, you probably have already discovered that there are a number of differences when it comes down to how this music is “felt” as well as played.

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Basic Training: Syncopation

December 1, 2011

Melodic Syncopation Part 1

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Yoruban Game

March 23, 2011

This is a topic I discuss often at Camp MMW and on my latest educational DVD, LIFE ON DRUMS (Vongole Films). Not only do we (Medeski Martin Wood) stress this as a practice method in our music workshops, but we also use “Yoruban Game” for composing and improvising as a band. Conceptually: when two or […]

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Transcribing A Score for Big Band

January 16, 2011

Sooner or later, a jazz composition student will be asked to transcribe a solo from an album as a way of honing and improving listening and writing skills. Despite two degrees in classical composition, I was never tasked, as a student, with this kind of assignment. Since graduating with an M.A. (composition) from Hunter College […]

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