Introduction: Skills in Improvisation offer:
the means of self expression;
an immediate response to family/community demands for spontaneous musical enhancement on social occasions; and
a practical understanding of music grammar and form.
Improvised accompaniment: simple chord progressions used to accompany known songs.
Improvised arrangement of known pieces: using simple voicing (eg ‘shell’ chords to provide harmonic support for a simple melody).
Improvised melody; and
Jazz improvisation: the ubiquity and foundational importance of II-V-I progressions in building an essential repertoire of chord progressions and an overview of what follows.
Sessions and participants:
Eight workshops each of two hours duration are offered over four days. This allows time for practice and problem identification.
Numbers are limited to eight to allow for maximum ‘hands-on’ participation.
At least four keyboards, of any description (but don’t bring a nine foot grand or a pipe organ!), will be required.
Participants whose principal instrument is other than keyboard centred can benefit, particularly if they have some basic functional keyboard skills.
The fee for eight sessions will be assessed upon expenses involved.
The textbook used will be my 'Improvisation in Concept and Practice' published by ANZCA.