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Working with lead sheets and melody

I was trying to help a student with a lead sheet incorporating the melody with harmony (5ths and 7ths). We have not started Jazz yet, sort of jumping ahead, but I was wondering how to approach split chords in this fashion, such as C/Bb? I would think a Bb to G or Bb, E, G? There are no right answers here when we'd be trying to do something simple enough…

Jazz Clue 2 question

I'm wondering about the solo arrangements with Jazz Clue 2 applied to these songs or any lead sheet. do we typically play the melodies as written or up an octave higher? At times it feels like the LH 7ths are too low or overlap with the melody as written for instance in The Mirron. To me the LH 7ths sound best in the mid-range. I play the melody where written. The…

Jazz Clues – Rhythms

In Jazz Clues, the second song in the collection, Solace of the Wind, seems to be the only piece in which the lead instrument plays a very different rhythm from the written score. I think the horn player came in on the second or third beat of the measure and interpreted some of the eighths as sixteenths, stuff like that. I would appreciate any tips for teaching this one. Eighth notes (in a…

Reading Rhythm and Reading Notes Expectations

The pacing question has come front and center in my studio as a parent of a private lesson student starting Level 4 (who will soon also begin Reading Rhythm) has continually worried about her son not reading music yet, despite how much she has loved all of the rest of the program and how well her son can play the piano. I now understand this better after she recently explained that she would love to have…

Jazz Musician List

A few people have asked for a list of some Jazz to listen to or to have students listen to. This is a very small list but a good place to start if you want to hear a variety of Jazz styles. There are a couple of women on the list, many pianists and some who sing and play the piano. You can listen to each of these artists on Youtube. I usually have my laptop…

Using The Jazz Program Audio Recording

This program is fantastic and I'm just getting started. I have one question though. How is the Audio Recording used? The Jazz Band audio recording is absolutely the best part! Once you can play the various chords easily in each project for each song the next step is to play them with the audio recording through the relevant projects until you can play each one with ease with the audio (tricky…

Jazz Program Questions

I just watched most of the Jazz program teacher training. I cannot find the answers to some questions in Simpedia. I have a question about using Jazz clue 2. For example, in the Mirron there is Chord that is just 'F' and no 7th. What does the student play here just an F octave without a 7th or just use Jazz clue 1? In Here to Stay in measure 4 there is an 'A11' and 'A9'....so I'm assuming the student would…

Jazz Clue Questions

I have a question for all you wonderful Jazz experts!! Is it possible to look at a piece of music and predict which Jazz Clue would work better? Do you mean for dropping in, specifically? Do you mean what notes to use in the LH or the RH? Based on the Jazz I Program, if you know what type of 7th chord is being played (major or dominant 7th) , you…

Jazz Chord Questions

See individual questions with accompanying answers below. Q. What does the dash in "7-5" or "7-9" chords mean? A. The dash (I think of it as a minus) means to flat the relevant note, so a C7-5 would have a flatted fifth (Gb instead of G), and a C7-9 would have a flatted 9 (Db instead of D) Q. When doing JClue 1, do you do anything different with the 5th…

Unfolding The Jazz Program Level 1

“.... (Do) we learn every jazz piece first as a solo with the JC1, then go back to the beginning of the book and learn every piece with JC2, and then again start at the beginning of the book and learn ensemble playing for each piece, or can they learn, say maybe the first three as solos with JC1 and JC2, and then as they go forward learning more solos with JC 1 and 2, and…

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