Jazz Sound and Jazz Time – Workshop

2 day Master class on Saxophone Sound and Jazz Time – this February

This master class is composed of two course days, where fresh and effective methods will be applied to two of the most important aspects of jazz playing:
Tone and Time

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The first day, “Saxophone Sound”, addresses the wish of many aspiring saxophonists – to be able to produce a consistent, full and resonant tone that is dynamic, rich in overtones and effortless to make. For many players it is the embouchure where most energy is wasted. Often the tightening of jaw and lip muscles in an effort to stabilize the instrument and tone is a limiting factor. Participants will learn an alternative approach to building the embouchure, (inspired by the work of legendary woodwind teacher Joe Allard), to effortlessly achieve and maintain a liquid and free flowing sound. Posture and breathing are also addressed.

Course length: 3+ hours

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Rhythm and syncopation form the basis of jazz music. The second day, “Jazz Time”, is dedicated to internalizing syncopation and swing. Here we clear up possible misconceptions about time, (timing), counting and syncopation by learning an easy-to-grasp approach to internalize poly meter and syncopation. All participants will experience the feeling of form without the need to count. The emphasis will shift from playing the “correct notes” in the right place to playing with solid time and perfectly felt syncopation. 

Course length: 3+ hours

Max. 6 active, 10 passive participants / day.

Active participants:
65 Euro for one day, 120 Euro both days.
Passive participants:
35 Euro for one day, 60 Euro both days. Positions are given on a
first come – first serve basis.
Active participants are expected to play.

Coming in spring:

A 2 day master class on Jazz Ear-Training and Jazz Improvisation

Day one:
Ear training method based upon natural tuning – intervals and scales. We will be exploring singing and playing along with specially developed play-alongs that present 12 pure (natural tuning as opposed to equal tempered tuning) intervals occurring within one octave. With these interval play-alongs we will learn to sing and hear the basic tonal building blocks of jazz improvisation.
3 + hours

Day 2:
Modes and Harmonic Function (V7 -> I)  Two approaches to improvisation. The student is presented with a way to internalize and improvise over the most common modes used in jazz – with out an excessive dependence upon thinking while playing. Additionally the student will be presented with an approach for internalizing the most important harmonic function found in the standard song harmony – the V7 -> I  progression, in Major and Minor keys.
3 + hours

Please feel free to contact me for details

mail AT beecroft DOT de


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