The Improvised Melodic Line
At Last...A Couse of Study
Has Been Devised Which Actually Teaches You the Skill of Sponaneously Creating Melody
in a Manner Which Leads to a Professional Level of Ability.Learn the difference between rhythm as it developed in Africa and the Eastern part of the world, as opposed to our Western concept of rhythm.
Having the right piece of information about
a particular aspect of playing can be of tremendous value to the budding
professional. It can literally save you years of trial and error-type experimentation.
Why is having the right information so important? Imagine, if you will,
the following situation:
Young "Johnny pretty notes" is a trumpet
player who has a gift for jazz but is unable to read music well. He is presently
employed but is leading a life of hardship. He is working in a bar located
in the rough section of his town. The band plays four shows a night backing
up strip tease acts. Johnny is glad he has a gig but as an aspiring jazz
artist, he is very unhappy in this situation.
One night after the last show, Johnny is approached
by a man named "Joe Flyspots" who introduces himself as a fellow
trumpet player. Joe is impressed by Johnny's"pretty notes" and
tells him so, but wonders why he is working in "this place." The
two of them become friends and eventually Johnny tells Joe about his inadequacy
at reading music. "Is that the problem?", his friend asks, "Well
the next time you practice, try thinking about it this way..."
Johnny, excited by what his friend has told
him, rushes home to try what he has just learned. To his delight, he discovers
that his friend has given him a valuable piece of information, unlocking
his insight into the correct approach for developing his skills the quickest
and easiest way. In a few months Johnny's reading ability has improved remarkably
to the extent that his friend Joe responds by asking him to replace him
as a substitute for a week on his gig. Johnny is delighted and accepts,
only to discover that his friend works at one of the better theater restaurants
in the nicest section of the city. He further discovers that his friend
also plays in a band in which all of the musicians play "pretty notes."
At the end of the week, to his delight, he discovers
that he has been paid twice the amount he was earning on his other gig.
When Johnny returns to his old gig the following week, he becomes very depressed,
but at last! -- Two weeks later he receives a phone call from his friend
Joe who informs that a spot has become vacant for a trumpet player where
he works and that the leader, who was impressed by Johnny's "pretty
notes" and reading ability, has decided to hire him. A year later,
John is livingin a new part of town. He is relaxed and happy. His rent is
paid. He is very thankful for the valuable information that his friend Joe
shared with him because it had the power to literally transform his life.
It is this type of information we are presenting
once again in this provocative new course by Michael Longo. You receive
the kind of knowledge and information that is not available in schools,
and can only come from the accomplished professional.
YOU LEARN: How to use rhythm as a source of
melody; How to create melody from a single tone; How to weave lines in and
out of chord voicings and the tones involved in a chord progression; How
to construct runs to be used as tools to create spontaneous melody; How
to use the entire chromatic universe through the use of modes and by employing
non-harmonic tone technique; How to negotiate progressions like the II-V
pattern spontaneously rather than rely on memorized patterns.
Not only are you provided with valuable information,
but you are shown how to practice to produce results the very next time
you perform. In this course the work is mapped out in such a way so as to
foster the tendency of creating an original style for yourself. You actually
learn the techniques and practice methods of the accomplished musician,
enabling you to experience an almost immediate growth as you begin to incorporate
them into your playing.
You will learn how to use a single line of melody
to convey the harmony, rhythm, counterpoint and form of an entire piece
of music, unnaccompanied. You are provided with exercises which act as catalysts
for unlocking certain kinds of rhythmic and tonal behavior in your playing
as if by magic.
Catalogue No. 1006