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Drklobz
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:49 am    Post subject: Weekly Jazz Tips Reply with quote

Starting this week, I'm going to be giving weekly improvisation tips on my blog http://jasonklobnak.com/blog and wanted to invite all of you to check it out. The plan is to have a different tip up every week throughout the year and to have them posted on Mondays.

Some of the tips will be coming from my book, "Targeting: Improvisation with Purpose" (which you can find out more about at the link below in my signature). However, I'll be posting useful tips that aren't from my book as well. I'll be covering a wide variety of topics within the world of improvisation and hope they help others as much as they've helped me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks cool man, thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Yamahaguy! I've already started some notes on what the next couple of weeks will look like.

If anyone has suggestions or questions...I'll get those in the rotation as well!

Jason
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a number of suggestions on next week's topic- I wanted to give everyone a heads up that I'll be talking about rhythm for the next couple of weeks. Check out my blog http://jasonklobnak.com/blog this Monday for the first installment.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week #2 is up! I'm going to be spending a few weeks on the topic of Rhtyhm. Check out the blog, http://jasonklobnak.com/blog today. Thanks to everyone that has checked it out and left such kind messages...I hope they continue to help everyone on their musical journey!

Also, thanks again to everyone that's purchased my book (for more information, you can click on the below)! The reviews have been fantastic and I'll put some of those up too. The book is going to be featured in the August edition of "Teaching Music" that MENC produces and hopefully there will be a review coming up shortly in one of the ITG journals.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week #3 is up! This week I'm talking about how you can utilize a clave pattern in your improvisation to create rhythmic interest. There's a few musical examples as well. Check out the blog, http://jasonklobnak.com/blog today. This particular tip is something that has personally impacted me and I hope it helps others as well.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Everyone-Week #4 is up! This is the last week on the rhythm series, so I'm talking about "Rhythmic Quoting" this week. You can check it out by going to http://jasonklobnak.com/blog

I know with my students that this rhythm series has been helpful to them-so I hope it's helpful to others here on TH as well. It's been suggested that I put up audio examples for all of the musical examples that I've been putting up. It's been a busy week, but I'm hoping to get audio or video examples up on the blog soon.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool!
Keep the good work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ThiagoM! I hope you're enjoying them!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Everyone-Week #5 is up! Since this is Independence Day here in the US, I thought that this week would be appropriate to talk about Independence in Improvisation.

You can go to my blog at http://jasonklobnak.com/blog to check out this week's tip. I hope this tip is as helpful for you as it has been for me!

Jason
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are really helpful. Thanks for posting!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks vprestwood!

Week #6 is up! This week I'm talking about how we can use pentatonics to creatively target notes. I'm thinking this might be a new series too (similar to what I did on the "rhythm series"). You can go to http://jasonklobnak.com/blog to check it out.

Thanks to everyone here on TH for the great feedback on the blog (as well as the book)! I'm hoping to get a video reviews/commercial put up soon as well.

Jason
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason,

This is a great resource and I like your explanation of "targeting". Nice post on pentatonics as well. There are so many options, but I like playing the minor pentatonic from the third (or major pentatonic from the fifth) over major chords as well. It's an inside sound and you avoid the root.

I teach a modal class at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and we were working on the majb6 pentatonic the other night for all the chords derived from Melodic Minor. Pentatonics are great as they provide you with a lot of structure in your ideas.

Keep em coming!

Matt
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Matt!

Yeah, there's so many things you can do with Pentatonics that go beyond the stereotypical "Pentatonic" sound. Since I'm doing a series on Pentatonics-this next week will be about the majb6. These can be great sources to draw on, especially when you combine them with other targeting devices.

By the way, Matt, I'm really digging your blog on visualization too. I think everyone should check it out.

Jason
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week #7 is up! I decided to talk about the Minor Pentatonic with the Major 6th (or Insen) instead of the major with the b6. Maybe that will be next week's topic in this Pentatonic Series. Be sure to check it out at http://jasonklobnak.com/blog and feel free to share the link/blog via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. I've had some great feedback on this current series...keep them coming and be sure to leave some feedback in the comment section (not that I don't enjoy the emails)!

This week I'll finally be putting up some of the reviews from my book- Targeting: Improvisation with Purpose. I've been meaning to do it, but have thankfully been busy and get distracted everytime I think about sitting down and updating it.

Jason
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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I finally got the web commercial put together and the reviews put up on the site. Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week #8 is up on the blog! We're continuing the pentatonic series and this week I'm talking about the major pentatonic with the flat 6th and how we can use it to creatively target notes.

You can check it out at http://jasonklobnak.com/blog. Also, if you haven't already, check out the short web commercial in the post above that I did for my book, Targeting: Improvisation with Purpose.

I hope these tips continue to be helpful and look forward to hearing your comments! Please feel free to share the blog via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc!

Jason
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking site! I bookmarked it and am going to come back to it when I have more time! I need all the help that I can get! LOL

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks J...I appreciate the feedback!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week #9 is up on the blog! This is the last week of the "Pentatonic Series" that I'll be doing. This week I'm talking about the Dominant Pentatonic scale and how we can use it to creatively target notes.

Be sure to check it out at http://jasonklobnak.com/blog

I hope you enjoy this week's tip!

Jason
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