BEN ALLISON: Releasing Your Own Album (Edge)

BEN ALLISON: Releasing Your Own Album (Edge)

What every musician needs to know in the new music landscape

  • * What is a record label? (And can you really start your own?)
  • * Record Production – financing models, recording essentials (picking material, recording in high resolution, metadata and RIN standards, ISRC, UPC)
  • * Distribution – TuneCore/CDBaby/SoundCloud, Amazon Advantage, your website
  • * Promotion – social platforms, AMS, email lists, playlists
  • * Copyright – publishing, mechanicals, performance royalties, registering with PROs
  • * Shipping product, selling off the bandstand
INGRID JENSEN: Meaningful & Effective Practicing (Edge)

INGRID JENSEN: Meaningful & Effective Practicing (Edge)

Deepening Your Listening Skills while shedding Practical Fundamentals

  • * Checking in. Where are you (we) at today? Finding your (our) honest resonant space as we sing/play/drone & focus on a song to learn
  • * Playing from an inspired place. Assessing our musical needs & gearing up our ears to hear vividly
  • * Digging into the fundamentals of sound & rhythm in relation to the tune we are internalizing
  • * Separating the nuts from the bolts & honing in on areas of music that inspire your technical growth
  • * Experimenting with practice concepts that relate to all instruments
  • * Putting It All Together
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