BRAD ALLEN WILLIAMS: The Power of Aural Memory (Edge)

BRAD ALLEN WILLIAMS: The Power of Aural Memory (Edge)

How to lean on your EAR to learn standards & expand your repertoire

  • * Repertoire is a skill, not just a set of data
  • * Tapping into our innate ability to remember melody
  • * Training the ear, Part I: singing & hearing intervals
  • * Training the ear, Part II: recognizing harmonic structures
  • * Training the ear, Part III: recognizing harmonic function
  • * Example: “Danny Boy” (traditional)
DAVID BERKMAN: Functional Jazz Harmony (Edge)

DAVID BERKMAN: Functional Jazz Harmony (Edge)

A path to understanding the deeper structure of standards for more freedom & creativity

  • * Using Functional Harmony to free up your approach to Jazz Standards
  • * How to avoid getting locked into “one-size-fits-all” chord progressions
  • * How to use Functional Harmony to personalize the chord progressions of standards
  • * Ways to find the deep underlying structure of standards for greater improvisatory freedom on these songs
  • * Recognizing harmonic processes that are available to create more subtlety in your reharmonizations and compositions
  • * Diminished approaches and non-functional harmony to increase the scope of your reharmonization options
STEVE CARDENAS & BEN ALLISON: Duo Playing Concepts (Edge)

STEVE CARDENAS & BEN ALLISON: Duo Playing Concepts (Edge)

With STEVE CARDENAS & BEN ALLISON

  • * Picking the right tunes
  • * Leaving sonic space – the importance of playing simple & direct
  • * How to comp for one another while staying out of the way
  • * Interaction versus imitation – compliment, don’t imitate
  • * Duo as a conversation in music – when to talk & when to listen
  • * Thinking like a composer
  • * Striving for less linear/8th note soloing
  • * Employing more melodic & rhythmic motifs to involve your duo partner
  • * The often neglected 3: Tone, timbre, dynamics
  • * Feed your bandmates