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Playing Jazz

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number ARTS-UG1316
Section 001
Instructor Bill Rayner
Days T
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U


Lab fee: $35. Course meets at Drummer's Collective, 541 Sixth Avenue.


This workshop is designed for student musicians with the knowledge and skills of basic musicianship who want to learn to play jazz or extend their present ability to play jazz. Students learn the fundamentals of improvisation: scale and chord structures, modes, chord progressions, rhythmic applications, song forms and options for organizing an improvisation such as creating a melody out of melodic fragments, scale fragments, and sequences. We listen to great jazz performers to hear examples of good improvisation, proper phrasing and jazz styles. Students attending the workshop gain a working musical vocabulary in the language of mainstream jazz. This workshop offers students a solid starting point, whether they want to play professionally, for personal enjoyment or simply to broaden their knowledge of what it takes to play jazz.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)