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Ensemble Playing with Jazz Clue 3

I’ve got an online student powering through Jazz and about to start JC 3, who lives in the locked down city of Melbourne. I don’t have much experience myself with jazz ensemble playing and I want her to have fun with this. I’d like some…

Solace of the Wind Key

Jazz program.The key of Solace of the Wind. First off I might say it’s C Minor with it’s key signature and initial chord but it’s the final chord that’s supposed to be the final arbiter, right? And that’s A flat Minor. In fact the whole…

What Jazz Means

I need to start jazz clues soon with a number of students. Help me understand what we mean by “jazz” and how it differs from the accompaniment things (playing all types of chords, variations) we’ve already been doing. I believe Neil talks about perceptions of…

Jazz Clues Melody

When you teach Jazz Clues, and students have read the melody… do you give them time to “know” the RH melody so they can play without the page before adding LH? Basically, how do you determine student readiness for the LH clue? I have them…

High School Jazz Bands

I am wondering if anyone here has experience with high school jazz bands. One of my student’s parents emailed me telling me her daughter wanted to try out. She is a very talented student, quick learner, hard worker, etc. But she has only just finished…

Scale journey / Value of TFMM

I’m working through Touch of Jazz. Neil mentions using the scale journey to process the notes. Can someone remind me where the scale journey is introduced? Time for More Music? Accompaniment 2? Scale journey is first introduced in TFMM, then expanded on in Accompaniment 2.…

Understanding Chord Structure – Laurie Richards (Webinar)

In this interactive teacher webinar, Laurie walks through the ‘rules’ of how chords are built. Using slides for visual reinforcement of the concepts, the following topics are clearly covered: Major Scale How Triads are Built Other Chord Tones 7th Chords Extended Chords Chord Voicing Chord…

When to start Accompaniment 2

When is too early to incorporate Accompaniment 2? I have a student (my lead student) who has just finished Accompaniment 1. He has done a phenomenal job with it and has loved the challenge of the final Danny Boy. We have also done some Accompaniment…

What to do with student who has completed Level 18

What do you do once a student completes level 18? I have one who is closing in on that milestone and it’s both exciting and terrifying! We still have lots we can do in Jazz, Blues Improv, and Accompaniment, but what do you source for…