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Brief Descriptions of Improvisation Clinics

I can give workshop/clinics on a choice of subjects. I have had great
success using any one of my last three books as the subject matter for a
clinic. These books are: Expansions - a method for developing new
material for improvisation (Hal Leonard Pub.); Connecting Jazz Theory (Hal
Leonard Pub.); and Triad Pairs For Jazz (Warner Bros. Pub.) A general
description of each of these is given below. The depth and duration of a
clinic depends on the time available and the level of the students. Private
lesson are also a possibility, particularly for more advanced students. In
most cases, my publishers can send complimentary copies of these
books to the school in advance of the clinic so students and faculty can
prepare questions and/or select specific subject matter to be covered in
the clinic.

This is a practice method which shows the student how to render a great
variety of harmonic and melodic structures from the commonly used
seven-tone (major, harmonic minor, melodic minor, harmonic major, etc.)
scales, as well as from symmetrical and synthetic scales, and other
interval sets. This is extremely useful for developing instrumental
technique, ear training, sonority recognition, effective note choices, and
all around harmonic and melodic insight. The subject of musical context
is discussed - determining such matters as how much dissonance (or
consonance) a particular musical setting can tolerate, and rhythmic
possibilities within various jazz idioms (ie. bebop, Latin, fusion, even-
eight, etc.). The clinic applies to all instruments.

Connecting Jazz Theory
A follow-up to Expansions. Subjects include: (1) thoughts on chord/scale
theory; (2) the extraction of pentatonic scales and triad pairs from
diatonic scales, symmetrical scales, etc. - their interrelationships and
application possibilities; (3) developing exercises you can use to integrate
the above materials into your jazz improvisation by applying them to
selected jazz repertoire. It includes example solos. For all instruments.

Triad Pairs For Jazz
This focuses on the extraction of triad pairs from diatonic and
symmetrical scales, similar to what is discussed in the "Connecting" clinic
described above, but taken from a different and very practical perspective,
and in more detail. It presents a quite extensive method for practicing
triad pairs, rendering a great variety of melodic patterns. Examples
illustrate triad pair application over chord functions. All instruments.

A General Small Group, Jazz Improvisation Workshop
This involves listening to the students play together and playing with
them. I make suggestions and illustrate such matters as:
Listening as you play - group interaction Playing in a consistent and
appropriate style Playing different tempos and grooves Maintaining
ensemble balance - relative volume of each instrument - a must f or
swinging Playing with different types of energy Repertoire

Equipment Needed for Clinic Presentation:
Blackboard with music staves
Public address system with voice microphone if the room is large.