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Elements of the Jazz Language

LIVE SESSIONS from May 25 to July 13 Tuesdays, 8:30pm EDT Course name:   Elements of the Jazz Language Understanding and applying eighteen elements contained in jazz improvisations as defined by Jerry Coker. These include: digital & scalar/chordal patterns, 7-3...

Choosing from Possibilities

Teacher: Pat Harbison With this one I will go through one commonly played tune in each session. We will look at form, key scheme, etc. and at the harmony. We will discuss possible and common variations, alterations, and substitutions. We will consider which scale...

Hear it, Sing it, Play it, Own it!

Teacher Pat Harbison uses imitation, humor, and encouragement to help you play and analyze the vocabulary that makes up the language of jazz improvisation. Much of jazz pedagogy focuses on the application of jazz theory and memorization of patterns and sequences in...

Harbison on Caruso

Teacher: Pat Harbison Carmine Caruso was a famous and legendarily effective New York based music teacher in the 20th century. His pedagogy is frequently misunderstood and misapplied. Harbison studied with Caruso in his New York City studio for three years in the late...

Improvising Without Fear!

Teachers: Pat Harbison and Meghan Pund Many people are excellent musicians when reading music or interpreting written compositions but are befuddled or terrified by the idea of improvisation.This will be an class (and maybe a self help group) for skilled music readers...