JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step / Pachelbel Canon Improv



This course takes you Step-by-Step through the process to prepare your subconscious to freely, easily and creatively play piano in all keys. The path to success is mastering each step, one at a time. Once this happens, the subconscious does the “work” and you have the FUN.The course covers the Pachelbel Canon bass line, open voicings, melodic creation and creating a groove, using modes. This is a great “starter” to learn to improvise on the piano.Here are the steps in Pachelbel Canon Improv:Step-by-Step by Martan Mann Step #1: Pachelbel Bass Line.The Bass Line of the Pachelbel Canon:I V VIm IIIm IV I IV VStep #2: Pachelbel Bass Line w/Melody.This is adding the melody of the Pachelbel Canon to the Bass Line above. The melody starts on the third and moves down the major scale.Step #3: Pachelbel Bass Line with Continuous Melody.Practice the Continuous Melody Exercise in Quarter Notes, Quarter-Note Triplets, Eighth Notes and Eighth-Note Triplets.Step #4: Bass Line w/Random Continuous Melody.Now we combine the above exercise into random rhythmic notes. Step #5: Introduction to Open Voicings.Here is a beginning introduction to Open Voicings . . . also know as Four-Part Harmony.Step #6: Open Voicing Bouncing Exercise.Study how to randomly bounce through the Open Voicings (without doubling the third).Step #7: Open Voicings with Melody.Here we learn how to combine the Open Voicings with Melody.Step #8: Open Voicings with Melody in all Voices.Now we progress . . . placing melodic ideas in the Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass parts. You can play in thirds, sixths and tenths.Here is where we have the most fun. First learn how to clap or sing a groove. Then apply the groove to the Pachelbel Canon. I suggest that you start very slowly.Step #10: Bouncing OV w/Groove.Practice the OV Bouncing Exercise with Groove.Step #11: Playing OV w/Groove.Play through the Pachelbel Canon with Band-in-a-box or metronome.Step #12: Break up Open VoicingsPractice breaking up the chords.Step #13: Add in Melody.Add in melody.Step #14: Discussion on Modes.Modes come from scales.A scale is a specific arrangement of steps.Modes are starting the scales on different degrees of the scale.Step #15: Pachelbel and the Modes.Modes come from scales.A scale is a specific arrangement of steps.Modes are starting the scales on different degrees of the scale.Play bass note and melody notes in Pachelbel.In the key of C, all the notes are diatonic and are on the white keys.Play each melody and bass note through Pachelbel. Carefully choose the notes in the middle. These can be played as structures or melodies.Play in all keys.Step #16: Pachelbel as a jazz waltz.Use Band-in-a-box.Think structurally.Comp behind a solo instrument.Play in all keys.I want to encourage you to contact me through Udemy. I’m always happy to help with questions, feedback and suggestions.Best to you —Martan :)2015 Musicmann Publishing