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(1) Tired Chops Pushing Through!
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Tip #1 – Tired Chops Pushing Through!
Tip #2 – Introducing Ron Tenore!
Maybe I can shed some light as to the way Jazz is not usually mentioned or taught online to students. If it is okay with you, Keith, I would like to give some of my education to your students through your website. I am not looking for anything in return.
In my Freshman year of school, I was first taught to learn what a triad was. A Triad is the basis of a chord. There are four triads: Major, minor, Diminished and Augmented. A triad is the building block to a 4 or 7 part chord. Another name for parts of a chord is “Diatonic Harmony” which consists of the chords built on a scale. The numbers signify each note of any given scale. So students should learn their scales. There are thirty six scales (basic major 12) which include 12 melodic minor and 12 harmonic minor scales. For example, a major triad major is 1-3-5, (So in the key of C it would be (C-E-G). The minor is 1-flat 3 – 5 / diminished = 1-flat 3-flat 5 and Aug = 1- sharp 5-flat 7. With a metronome in steady slow time play these one after the other, going right across from major to augmented. Starting from the root of each triad or 1st note of the scale. Get them clean. — Then take the 1st inversion of the major which starts on the third note of the scale or triad 3-5-1 (or E-G-C / minor is flat 3-5-1 / diminished is flat-3 flat-5 – 1, and augmented is sharp-3 flat-5 -1. Do these across the board slowly with your metronome. Then you can try to figure out the 2nd inversions and third. (Hint: The 2nd inversions start on the 5th note.) So there is the root then the 2 inversions. This is your basis to the (4 part chords) – which make up the 6 basic chords that we build on in trumpet playing. They are Major / minor / Dominant 7 / minor 7 / minor 7 with a 5th flat / Diminished / and Augmented. That is all that is needed for a basic Jazz improvisational chord course. This is also the basis for all musical instruments.
. Keith I hope this can help your students and enlighten them a little about Jazz, and maybe even inspire them to study Jazz at the Manhattan School Of Music. or elsewhere. If you feel this would be good for your website,and your students are interested in learning more from me, I can elaborate. further. I’d be happy to provide instruction for you each week as a guest teacher.
5. The other vital aspect of learning Jazz would be to listen to the many great Jazz artists. One method is to sing an easy solo and then play it. This in itself could take weeks or even months. Students can start building a jazz a vocabulary. That’s a lesson further in the future after students learn their scales and chords. Jazz is a life-long obligation. There is no getting around that – and there are no shortcuts. Greatness, or even just playing well, takes time, effort, energy and passion. Keith, I find your teachings to be very helpful and I would like to be part of your site to help students learn more. This is a great introduction to learning a more structured way to study Jazz.