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Jazz Improvisation With Andrea Fascetti: Use Your Ears!

Meet Andrea Fascetti –

HI MY FRIENDS,

IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE AGAIN AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR POSITIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT MY LESSONS.

REMEMBER THAT WE’RE LEARNING POWERFUL SKILLS FOR SERIOUS IMPROVISATION AND COOL BASS LINES. IN THE LAST LESSON WE FINISHED THE FIRST GROUP OF LESSONS, AND YOU WILL FIND THE NEXT SET OF LESSON REALLY INTERESTING IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BEBOP STYLE.

BUT, BEFORE GOING FURTHER, YOU “MUST” LEARN TO USE YOUR EARS.
ACTUALLY PEOPLE SEEM TO PREFER VIDEOS TO LEARN THIS… IN FACT YOU CAN FIND TONS OF GUYS WHO PLAY AWESOME CHOPS. BUT IF YOU PREFER WATCHING TO LISTENING, IT MAY NOT HELP THE “QUALITY” OF THE NOTES YOU PLAY. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY GOOD IMPROVISATION, YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT MUSIC IS BASED ON SOUND, NOT ON IMAGES. WATCH ALL VIDEOS YOU WANT AND ENJOY THE MUSIC YOU LIKE… BUT PLEASE START TO THINK NOTES, NOT IMAGES! I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO USE YOUR EARS BECAUSE MUSIC IS INSIDE US.

OK, IT’S TIME FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

1) LISTEN TO CHARLIE PARKER RECORDS
2) PICK A SHORT MUSICAL PHRASE YOU LIKE AND TRY TO TRANSCRIBE IT

I KNOW THAT 99% OF MY STUDENTS ARE REALLY ANGRY WITH ME WHEN I PROPOSE THIS STUFF. THEIR FIRST REACTION IS, “WHAT……..??????…” I ADMIT, THIS WAS ALSO MY REACTION MANY YEARS AGO.

ALSO, PLEASE LISTEN TO JACO’S “DONNA LEE” AND YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHY LISTENING TO OLD BEBOP RECORDS IS SO IMPORTANT!

CIAO!!!

SEE YOU SOON

ANDREA

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