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Hal Crook-ready Aim Improvise

Feb 01, 2016

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  • Ready, Aim, ImproviseTable of ContentsCD IndexAuthor's NotePrefaceIntroductionPart One - Preparation01. TheoryBasicsScaleChromatic ScaleMajor ScaleIntervalsMinor ScalesKeys and Key Signatures

    02. HarmonyChord FormsTriadsFour-Part Chords

    TensionsDiatonic ChordsDiatonic Harmony: Major KeyTonal Substitution

    Tonic and Nontonic Functions: Melodic Considerations for SoloingDiatonic Harmony: Minor KeyChord PatternsDominant 7th Chord HarmonyNondiatonic HarmonyChromatically Altered Diatonic ChordsSecondary DominantsExtended DominantsSubstitute DominantsModal Interchange ChordsChromatic Connecting Chords

    Diminished 7th Chord HarmonyModulationModulation TechniquesPivot Chord ModulationPrepared ModulationUnprepared (Direct) Modulation

    Modulations from Key to Key

    Harmonic Analysis

    03. Ear Training04. Repertoire and Embellishment - How Jazz Improvisation Evolved

    Part Two - Jazz Vocabulary05. Execution (How to Play)Rhythmic FeelAccentsDynamicsArticulationsCombination ExercisesVibrato

    06. Content (What to Play)MelodyMelody/Harmony Interval Relationships (for Ear Training)Approach Notes and Target NotesResolution of Approach Notes and Target NotesPreparation Exercises for Approach-Note TechniquesApproach-Note Techniques (to Chord-Tone Targets)

    Melodic CurveMelodic CadenceRhythmStrong Beats and Weak BeatsSyncopationRhythmic Density

    Melodic RhythmRhythmic Placement of Melody Notes: Note/Beat Combinations

    Summary Analysis: Content and ExecutionMelodic Motives for Analysis and PracticeApplying Jazz Vocabulary in Improvised Solos

    07. Characteristics of Execution and Content in Traditional and Modern Jazz StylesTraditional StyleModern Style

    Part Three - Target Practice08. Chord-Tone Soloing and Chord-Scale SoloingChord-Tone SoloingChord-Scale Soloing

    09. Restriction Means ExpansionRestrict Melody, Expand RhythmSingle Note (Pitch) Soloing

    Restrict Rhythm, Expand MelodyQuarter-Note Soloing

    Restrict Harmony, Expand Melody and RhythmModal Soloing

    10. Inside the Outside ChordsKey-Area HarmonyKey-Area SoloingSoloing Inside the Outside Chords

    11. Musical Impact

    Part Four: Extra Help - Tune File and Play-Along CDs12. Tune FileStandard SongsStandard Jazz Songs

    13. Play-Along CDsSingle Chords and Diatonic Chord PatternsC PartsBb PartsEb Parts

    Modulations and Key-Area ProgressionsC Parts Major Key to Major KeyMajor Key to Minor Key to Major KeyMinor Key to Major Key to Minor KeyKey-Area Chord Patterns with Nondiatonic ChordsChord Progressions with Modulations and Key-Area ChangesDemonstration

    Bb PartsMajor Key to Major KeyMajor Key to Minor Key to Major KeyMinor Key to Major Key to Minor KeyKey-Area Chord Patterns with Nondiatonic ChordsChord Progressions with Modulations and Key-Area ChangesDemonstration

    Eb PartsMajor Key to Major KeyMajor Key to Minor Key to Major KeyMinor Key to Major Key to Minor KeyKey-Area Chord Patterns with Nondiatonic ChordsChord Progressions with Modulations and Key-Area ChangesDemonstration

    Part Five: Practicing14. Practicing: Know ThyselfThe Practice PlanHow and What to PracticePractice and TalentThe Process IS The Thing

    15. Self-Recording: A Mirror for Your Ears16. Self-Critiquing: Accuracy and MusicalityTopics to Assess for MusicalityStages of Musical DevelopmentAssessing Your ImprovisingImprovisating Assessment Chart

    17. Private Practice, Jam Sessions and Jazz Gigs: A Balancing Act18. Designing a Personal Practice RoutineSix major Practice AreasImprovisation Practice Routine: Selecting and Organizing MaterialsDaily Practice RoutinesBeginner LevelIntermediate LevelAdvanced Level

    Example Plan for Daily Practice RoutinesDesigning Exercises for Improvisation Practice

    Part Six: Final Thoughts19. Ego and Improvising20. The Teacher/Student Relationship21. Performing: Know thy CriticAuthor's Note (with Exercises)Extra! Extra! This Just In...More Evidence!

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