Jonny May

In this workshop, Jonny will break down a notated jazz solo to show you exactly how jazz pianists construct a solo. You will analyze the scales, rhythms, approach tones, embellishments, and left hand bass techniques.

This course provides the high-level overview of how to connect all the techniques when soloing through a real-life example. You’ll also see how to build the energy of a performance using range, texture, and rhythmic values.

Course Objectives
  • Learn how to construct a jazz solo by analyzing a pre-composed solo
  • Understand how to utilize chord tones, extensions, and alterations
  • Discover different rhythmic devices such as call-and-response, anticipations, and rhythmic displacement
  • Learn how to embellish your melody with turns, rolls, tremolos and slides
  • Master approach tones such as upper & lower neighbors, and upper & lower enclosures
  • Practice other advanced techniques such as triadic shifting and upper-structure triads
Learning Focus
  • Analysis
  • Composition
  • Improvisation

Course Lessons

Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 2 – Lesson 1

Minor Turnaround Progression and Soloing Techniques

Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 2 – Lesson 2

Midnight Strutters: Section 1

Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 2 – Lesson 3

Midnight Strutters – Section 2

Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 2 – Lesson 4

Midnight Strutters – Section 3

Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 2 – Lesson 5

Midnight Strutters – Section 4

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