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Music - Woodwinds Performance
Bachelor of Music
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This project is an organization of the author’s thoughts on teaching jazz improvisational concepts to saxophonists at a beginning to intermediate level of playing ability. Firstly, it discusses the skills students should acquire before studying jazz improvisation. It will focus primarily on building good practice habits through the development of desirable jazz tone and technique. Additionally, this project will offer explanations for understanding how jazz standards are constructed in terms of form and how they are performed. Lastly, this project will introduce several basic concepts the student can use to construct improvised melodies, such as modal scales, blues scales, seventh chord arpeggios, guide tones, and enclosures. Short exercises are provided to facilitate the student’s understanding of these concepts.
Evangelist, Justin, "An Approach to Jazz Improvisation for Intermediate Saxophonists" (2019). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 966.