Jazz Improvisation: The Art of Ballad
|General concepts & “Body an Soul” collection|
Jean-Michel Pilc explains how to start learning a ballad thanks to active listening. Pay attention to the lyrics, the singing, the interpretation, the melody, the sens of meaning, try to understand the intent, the form…
Discover different versions of the jazz standard “Body and Soul” interpreted by Billie Holidays, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Chet Baker, Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins and more.
Improvisations by Jean-Michel Pilc
Listen and rediscover the following jazz stardards on which Jean-Michel Pilc is improvising:
Melody and Bass
|The spirit of music & Listen back to yourself|
In this chapter, Jean-Michel gives you tips to sing the melody while playing the bass. He addresses the concepts of melody, melody variation, bass, bass variation, chords, visualization, sound and pedaling.
You will also learn how to listen back to yourself and ear what you have played. Do not hesitate to record yourself! He addresses other notions such as orchestration, vocabulary and transposition.
|Rhythm, timing and form|
For Jean-Michel Pilc, rhythm is a pillar of ballad. He explains you how to approach it in the frame of a ballad.
You will see more in details the timing, the dissociation, the form, the double time, form stretching, variation of the meter, etc.
Jazz ballads to study
Here is a selection of jazz ballads to study: