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1 JAZZ IMPROVISATION Professor Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies, The University of Central Florida

2 JAZZ IMPROVISATION BE YOURSELF BE YOURSELF SHOW YOUR STYLE SHOW YOUR STYLE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GREATNESS STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GREATNESS

3 JAZZ IS A MUSICAL LANGUAGE SINCE LOUIS ARMSTRONG, JAZZ HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A SOLOISTS ART FORM SINCE LOUIS ARMSTRONG, JAZZ HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A SOLOISTS ART FORM STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GREATNESS. STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GREATNESS. Dinah Dinah Dinah LESTER YOUNG LESTER YOUNG LESTER YOUNG LESTER YOUNG

4 THE LEARNING PROCESS Listen to jazz solos. Listen to jazz solos. Transcribe solos Transcribe solos Dissect these solos. Dissect these solos. Reinvent ideas from these solos. Reinvent ideas from these solos.

5 How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

6 You can take a cab, its midtown But…. But…. You need to: You need to: Practice Practice Malcolm Gladwell notes the 10,000 hour rule Malcolm Gladwell notes the 10,000 hour rule 8 hours, 7 days a week for 3.6 years. 8 hours, 7 days a week for 3.6 years. David Liebman says it’s 20,000 hours. David Liebman says it’s 20,000 hours.

7 Examples Martians go Home Martians go Home Martians go Home Martians go Home Solo Transcription Solo Transcription Solo Transcription Solo Transcription Giant Steps Giant Steps Giant Steps Giant Steps Transcription Transcription Transcription

8 A PASSION AND A VISION Most of us, and particularly artists have a strong sense of style. Most of us, and particularly artists have a strong sense of style. The passion for the vision is the driving force. The passion for the vision is the driving force. The most frequent word in an artists vocabulary must be : The most frequent word in an artists vocabulary must be : “AGAIN” “AGAIN” Reinhart Reinhart Reinhart


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