Building a Jazz Piano Standard
In the first part of this jazz masterclass, Jean Michel Pilc will talk about rhythm, melody and base line.
Discover the notion of internalisation and dissociation. According to your teacher, the rhythm needs to be present, but in an invisible way. Using different metaphors, he will teach you how to master and assimilate it.
Follow his advice for working on your rhythm. Next, you will deal with the melody, which is the essential pillar in building a standard. On “All the things you are“, practice improvisation as well as your sound. You will also see the bass line with the use of the triton or the augmented fourth.
In this chapter, your teacher will again address the language of jazz. Learn how to combine improvisation with the melody, while playing with different colors : you will assimilate how to tell a story through improvisation.
“The musician acquires his language in the same way as kids”. Jean Michel Pilc draws a parallel between improvisation and everyday conversation.
He helps you acquire a new jazz vocabulary and develop your ability to express yourself with music, thus improving your improvisation skills.
You will discover how to use the melody as a basis for improvisation – or even use your left hand to bring new colors to your playing. Finally, he will talk about the notion of story. An improvisation is a story that you are telling.
Interpretation, Theme and Variation
Find a series of examples around the standard “All the Things you are” and discover the “conditioning”, that will enable you to give a direction, to follow it and see where it leads.
The idea of “conditioning” is the idea of a role. This will help you to see the direction you need to take according to your wishes.
In this chapter you’ll discover 8 examples of “conditioning”. Play in the treble register, or extreme registers, with your hands closer together…
Think out of the box and rediscover contrasts, nuances and new stories to tell.
Here you”ll get a series of exercices which are based on listening and imitation. Practice more to create your own learning style and creativity.
With all that you have learned and seen in the previous chapters, you’ll now be able to practice with interactive exercices. For each of them, Jean Michel Pilc will explain the principle to you, and then will play them.
This will enable you to understand and imitate what you have just seen. Your teacher will also give you a solid working base so that you can learn how to learn.