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JAZZ BRAIN TRAINING in the classroom
Three Kinds Of Improvisors
I have watched hundreds of students play jazz solos for over a dozen years. Some students are very reluctant to attempt a solo. Conversely, the number of students telling me they are not interested in improvising is a slight number. When asked why they prefer not to attempt a solo, students indicate that they are “afraid they will sound bad.” The truth is they are afraid other people will think they look bad. This disconnect was instrumental in working out Jazz Brain Training over a five year period.
Students hesitant to solo in front of their peers develop skills working with Jazz Brain Training before attempting a “live” solo during rehearsal.
Overly Excited Improvisors
Excited improvisers include students who can’t wait to solo. Their playing exhibits boundless enthusiasm and often adds trills, falls, and other ornamental elements. They often play on the loud side and exaggerate their articulations, dynamics, and “swing feels”. These students generate a lot of positive energy for the audience and their fellow players.
Working with Jazz Brain Training will help these students recognize the actual performance practices in mainstream jazz. Often this group of students will have the “light bulb moment” and quickly improve their playing by implementing the Jazz Braig Training system.
Often “first chair” players have an advantage. The have succeeded in the past. They frequently have success auditioning for honor and other select groups outside of school. A number of these students consider studying music seriously beyond high school.
Jazz Brain Training will help more advanced players connect with the rhythm section and provide a platform for developing creativity through articulations, tone color, and rhythmic variation.
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