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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2023 9:33 am    Post subject: Maximizing Jazz Warmup Reply with quote

I've been trying to make my warmups more interesting and beneficial. Instead of just doing long tones I'm working my way through the keys by slowly arpeggiating chords: maj, min, aug, dim and sus.

Anyone doing something similar? I'm always looking for ideas.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2023 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't call it a "warm-up". But I have a daily routine for jazz. I pick one key a day, so I cycle through all keys every 12 days. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. I run through scales, arpeggios, and patterns in that key. And then I improvise over a couple choruses of major blues, minor blues, and rhythm changes in that key.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2023 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once talked about that with Godwin Louis.
His 'sound warmup' :
Choose a ballad from the great repertoire, play the melody and explore the chords invarious keys. The slower the better.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2023 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would take slow-moving melodies, like Cherokee, and play them like flow studies.

Then, to get the fingers moving, play bebop heads but connecting all the notes and reducing the rhythms all to eighth notes. I would pick the tunes for good interval flexibility studies. Don't play them any faster than you can in a very relaxed, controlled manner.

Then, pick a tune or fragment of one and play it in various keys.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All good ideas! BTW, there are some really good suggestions in the HipBone Music video series hosted by Michael Davis.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2023 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jazz ballads played along with the I real Pro........they have two great settings(a long tone setting and a ballad setting). You can also practice voice leading. Use a jazz tune you are working on and practice just enclosure patterns leading to the first, third or 7th of the following chord.......very slow. This will definately get your ear fine tuned to the tune you are studying and practice your long tone settings as well!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2023 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're bored with major/minor scale work, try this: Take some of the Gekker articulation exercises and convert them to the jazz melodic minor scale (natural 6th & 7th up and down).

Using a starting note, such as G, I do the Gekker exercises in the jazz melodic minor . I'll then run the exercise on each degree of a melodic minor, with G always as the starting note. So:

G - 1st degree - G melodic minor
G - 2nd - F melmin
G - 3rd - E melmin
G - 4th - D melmin
G - 5th - C melmin
G - 6th - Bb melmin
G - 7th - Ab melmin

I do all these conversions mentally, so it's a brain-twister, but has the benefit of working on articulation and jazz scales at the same time. Plus, depending on the exercise, you can keep to a relatively narrow (say, 1 octave) tessitura.
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