The articles presented here first appeared in the JazzErie newsletter as
monthly installments. They have been updated and added to to create a larger
body of informative material. Jazz
Perspectives present a general history of jazz, with insight into the ways
jazz is created.
The Theory Den Jazz Theory
articles will help musicians interested in bebop to master their craft. Also
included in the Theory Den are explanations and examples of Reharmonization.
Some of my favorites are the standards which have been reharmonized using tritonics,
or "Giant Steps" changes.
Interested in Jazz Perspectives? Read some short
Interested in some practical applications of Jazz Theory? Enter
Theory Den here.
Just have to see those Giant Steps
Reharms? Jump into Tritonic
Structural Elements for study
My degree from Berklee is in composition, and as I consider improvisation to
be spontaneous composition, my studies of American Music merge these two
streams. As I develop this aspect of my website, I will add more on
improvisational techniques, which will have broader applications than strictly
jazz. I have found mastering any system of improvisation gives you control over
some facet of your playing that you did not have before. This begins with the
new OVERVIEWS section, which organizes the
structural elements of music for the practicing musician.
Please note this section will remain a
work-in-progress for some time to come, but there is plenty to get you started!
Linear Rhythm Concept is a way of working with time in small parcels of
events. I have worked with Linear for many years, finding it a rich source
of ideas for complex time as well as syncopation and layering.
These articles were part of a class presentation.
Linear Rhythm Concept 1:
Linear Rhythm Concept 2:
Linear Drums And More
Linear Rhythm Concept 3:
Orchestrating Linear For The Trap Set
Resources and Definitions
001 Handout: Cells
002 Handout: Groove Examples
003 Resources and Definitions (document in pdf form)
Linear Picking 1 (guitar)
Linear Picking 2 (guitar)
Time Drill (piano)
In addition to being a private music instructor for
almost fifty years, I have given clinics and workshops in school systems and
University classrooms in Pennsylvania and New York. A strong desire not to misinform, and a wife who is an
English professor and experienced editor, have motivated me to get the facts
as straight as possible before embarking on these endeavors. Please feel free to
contact me with any comments or