Students will transcribe and perform solos and lines of major bass players in jazz. Projects chosen to reflect many different styles found throughout the history of jazz. Emphasis on major innovators including Pops Foster, Walter Page, Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, and Scott LaFaro.
Development of a personal approach to improvisation through application of motivic development, harmolodic phrasing, and descriptive imagery through musical expression: dynamics, emotions, colors, shapes, and textures. Study of techniques found in the music of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Lester Bowie, Charlie Haden, Cecil McBee, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, John Scofield, Dave Holland, and other improvisers.
Application of modern and traditional techniques of improvisation for bass. Creating melodic and harmonic concepts through the tools of scales, arpeggios, modal harmony, reharmonization, and rhythmic interpretation. Analysis and application of the principles of harmonic progression in improvisation.
Chronological study of bass performance and styles in Latin America.
Application of modes and pentatonic scales in performance with prerecorded rhythm section tapes. Comping and melodic embellishment techniques in a variety of settings (Latin/rock, jazz/rock, fusion, bossa nova, and blues). Midterm and final exams: student performance of solo with accompanying comping or rhythm part.
Continuation of PSGT-211. Application of altered scales derived from melodic and harmonic minor in performance with prerecorded rhythm section tapes. Melodic embellishment and phrasing, comping, and rhythm techniques relevant to rock/flamenco, fusion, Latin/rock, samba, and jazz waltz. Midterm and final projects: student performance of solo with accompanying comping or rhythm part.
Analysis of contemporary guitar styles and effects. Lectures by professionals in various styles. Focus on jazz, rock, and country, as well as styles of specific artists. Emphasis on performance. Assigned student projects.
Instrumental class for the guitar principal emphasizing chord solo guitar styles, traditional guitar literature employing right-hand pick techniques, and rhythm guitar styles applicable to small group and orchestral performance.
Continuation of PSGT-212. Symmetric scales and additional altered modes; chord scale possibilities explored through harmonic analysis. Chord voicings and comping techniques in jazz, Latin, funk, and ballad styles. Midterm and final projects: student performance of solo and comping part with prerecorded tape.
For advanced guitar principals, continuation of development of skills and techniques, with emphasis on guitar-centric group playing concepts and performing skills.
Maintaining a balance between body, mind, and spirit is essential for any musician to be healthy. This is wellness. In this course vocalists learn techniques for keeping their instruments in top shape, reducing both vocal and overall stress, and managing real life factors like performance anxiety. This course will also present techniques and a detailed look at vocal anatomy, to support learning to sing virtually every style of music with a healthy, long-lasting approach.
This lab will explore posture, movement, and breathing as they relate to the act of musical production. Students will explore how they experience themselves making music and learn how to modify their own actions to play more efficiently with less effort. Self-awareness exercises will be used to improve the kinesthetic sense—one's sense of oneself in movement—enabling the instrumentalist to avoid injuries due to overuse and/or misuse, as well as helping to develop sensitivity, clarity, and power in musical production. Through increased awareness, students will acquire the ability to regulate or modify their actions to meet varying demands of practice and performance.