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  • Genre:MUSIC
  • SubGenre:genres & Styles / Jazz
  • Language:English
  • Pages:64
  • eBook ISBN:9781483559247

The Tao of Jazz Improvisation

A Martial Arts Training Method for Jazz Improvisation

by Sheldon Zandboer

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There are thousands of subconscious calculations occurring continuously and instantaneously during every musical performance. For instance: time, tempo, feel, key, mood, etc. If we can automate or internalize the majority of the fundamental elements, they become less of a burden on the player. The solution is to train yourself, such as a martial artist would: to react instinctively to your musical “environment”.
The Tao of Jazz Improvisation is designed to simultaneously train the ear, mind, and body; and to increase the symbiotic relationship of the three. Train the ear to guide the player more efficiently and quickly. Train the mind to process musical stimuli/information at a faster rate. Train the body to react and execute the desired information coming from the ears and mind at maximum efficiency. This method deals with training the musician on the performance of jazz as opposed to the study of jazz. All the studying in the world won’t help, unless you can apply the skills for the desired task.
About the author
Sheldon Zandboer is one of Western Canada’s finest jazz pianists, composer, arranger, instructor, music industry professional, and author. Specializing in jazz piano and widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier jazz talents, he has been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks. Mr. Zandboer has been a Jazz Faculty member at the Mt. Royal University for the past 15 years teaching jazz piano, arranging, and ensemble skills.
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