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Jazz Phrasing and Swing
Denis Chang
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Jazz Phrasing and Swing

New course from the owner of DC Music School
Jazz · Bebop · Gypsy jazz
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$34.99 $24.99 On sale

A brand new course for Soundslice by the owner of DC Music School. A jazz course for all instruments and levels that talks about one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of jazz education: time feel, swing, phrasing, etc. Read full description…

A brand new course for Soundslice by the owner of DC Music School. A jazz course for all instruments and levels that talks about one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of jazz education: time feel, swing, phrasing, etc.

A controversial subject, as many hold the position that swing isn't taught, it is felt. In fact, this course doesn't teach you how to swing, it teaches you how to listen to subtle details when listening to great recordings of the masters. There is a lot of conventional wisdom and misconceptions in jazz education. Having transcribed or supervised the transcription of well over 1000 jazz solos, having worked with some of the world's top musicians on DC Music School, and having had the opportunity to work with some top caliber musicians, for many years, I have been pondering the mysterious topic of swing and time feel. In this course, I share my observations with you. By learning how to pay attention to certain subtle details, my hope is that it can make it easier for you to learn how to feel swing.

Furthermore, swing is a vague term as it means different things for different people. The course covers this as well, and the subjective nature of the topic is constantly emphasized. Nonetheless, when we listen to many of the pioneers of jazz, there are certain common rhythmic elements that are undeniable. This course covers these elements in great detail! Finally, I've included 5 etudes in the styles of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery to demonstrate these common elements.

Transcriptions: Zak Martel

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Full course is 95 minutes across 23 parts
01 - Historical Context Of Swing - Drums
02 - Historical Context Of Swing - Bass
03 - Historical Context Of Swing - Piano
04 - Historical Context Of Swing - Guitar
05 - The Importance Of The Rhythm Section
06 - Perspective Of The Lead Player
07 - The Charleston Rhythm
08 - Interpreting The Charleston
09 - Using The Charleston
10 - Hidden Charleston
11 - Permutations Of The Charleston
12 - Displaced Phrasing
13 - Phrasing
14 - 3 Over 4
15 - Beat 4
16 - Time Feel
17 - Tempo Factors And Rhythm Section
18 - Etudes And Final Thoughts
19 - In The Style Of Louis Armstrong
20 - In The Style Of Charlie Christian
21 - In The Style Of Django Reinhardt
22 - In The Style Of Joe Pass
23 - In The Style Of Wes Montgomery

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