Category: Improv Column

1 October 2015

Improv Column: Wayne McConnell – Just Improvise!

Pianist Wayne McConnell urges people to Just Improvise!       I genuinely believe everybody is able to improvise in one form or another. This basic ability is the very essence of how we get through life. Music aside, the ability to put together words and construct sentences is essential in everyday living. Free thinking is […]

1 June 2015

Improv Column: Pentatonic Scales by Wayne McConnell

Pentatonic Scales    A Pentatonic Scale is simply any scale with 5 notes in.  Pentatonic scales can be very simple sounding, they have an earthy, natural quality but they can also be used in a way that makes them harmonically rich and interesting.  Most of you will be familiar with the basic pentatonic scales for […]

1 April 2015

Improv Column: Memorising Tunes by Wayne McConnell

Committed to Committing it to Memory   You would think learning songs would be a relatively simple exercise and in many ways it is.  In jazz however, simply knowing the song is not really enough.  As improvisers, we want to be able to feel completely relaxed with the material that we are improvising on.  Learning […]

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