Курс HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation

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Hi. My name is Martan Mann.

You may know me from my many jazz improv courses. What you don’t know, is that for many years I have been musical director and performed at many churches. This has given me the opportunity to improvise hymn-like songs for preludes, meditations, offerings, etc.

Actually, creating your own hymns is not difficult. However, it does require some fundamental music skills. In this course, I have provided you with a step-by-step development of these required skills. All you need to do is practice each step over-and over until it is deeply ingrained in the subconscious. Once these skills are flowing, then you can either create your own hymns or improvise on existing hymns.

It’s really fun. Let’s get started.

Программа
Introduction
Martan introduces himself and explains the goals of HymnSkills.
Learning Scales
This video explains the importance of mastering scales for improvisation.
Learning Scales
Video 1:  Learning Scales
  • Step One:  The Five Finger Exercise
    • Preliminary to learning scales, it is recommended that you develop the Five Finger Exercise.  This is an exercise where you think in interval/numbers to create major, minor, diminished and augmented five-note scales and the accompanying triads.  Then you play the triads in inversions.
  • Step Two:  Scales
    • To learn full scales, just add two whole-steps to the five-finger position.  Now you have a seven-note scale.  From there, learn Major, Melodic Minor (b3), Harmonic Minor (b3, b6), Natural Minor (b3, b6, b7) and, I suggest also learning the Dorian Mode (b3, b7).   Play over and over until all the scales are mastered in all keys.
  • Find a book of scales.  This will help you identify different scales to master.  Start with all of the major scales.  Then, move on to learning the minor scales (include dorian).  The scale book will also help you develop the correct fingering for each scale.  Start with learning each hand separately . . . first with on octave, then to two octaves (and beyond).  Then move on to playing each scale with two hands, an octave apart.
Learning Closed Position Progressions
This video presents the most basic chord progressions.
Learning Closed Position Progressions
Video 3:  Learning Open Progressions
  • Step 4:  Learning Open Voicing Inversions
    • To open up the closed progressions, take the middle note and place it up an octave.  Then, add an additional root or fifth.  Avoid the doubled third.
    • Practice the Open Voicing Inversions.  Start with root, fifth, third rood.  Move up the inversions.  Play in all keys, major and minor.
  • Step 5:  Learning Open Voicings Series
    • This is an arbitrary series of open voicings that you should learn in all keys.
  • Step 6:  Learning Open Voicing Bouncing Exercise
    • In this exercise, you randomly bounce around the piano using open voicings. Think of the right hand first.  If the right hand has a third, don’t include a third in the left hand.  If the right hand does not have a third, include a third in the left hand.  Practice this exercise until you call move quickly from voicing to voicing.  Practice in all keys
Learning Open Progressions
This is a lesson on developing open chord progressions.
Learning Open Progressions
Video 3:  Learning Open Progressions
  • Step 4:  Learning Open Voicing Inversions
    • To open up the closed progressions, take the middle note and place it up an octave.  Then, add an additional root or fifth.  Avoid the doubled third.
    • Practice the Open Voicing Inversions.  Start with root, fifth, third rood.  Move up the inversions.  Play in all keys, major and minor.
  • Step 5:  Learning Open Voicings Series
    • This is an arbitrary series of open voicings that you should learn in all keys.
  • Step 6:  Learning Open Voicing Bouncing Exercise
    • In this exercise, you randomly bounce around the piano using open voicings. Think of the right hand first.  If the right hand has a third, don’t include a third in the left hand.  If the right hand does not have a third, include a third in the left hand.  Practice this exercise until you call move quickly from voicing to voicing.  Practice in all keys.
Make Up Your Own Progression
This is a lesson on creating good voice leading.
Make Up Your Own Progression
Video 4: Make Up Your Own Progression
  • Step 7:  Developing Make Up Your Own Progression
    • Start with an open progression voicing of the I chord.  Ask yourself:  “How many ways can I move smoothly to the IV chord?”
    • Then, ask:  “How many ways can I move smoothly to the V chord?”
    • Then, start moving from a I chord . . . to a IV chord . . . to a V chord and back to a I chord.  Use different voicings.  Then play in all keys.
    • Then, start with another voicing and repeat the above.  
    • Eventually, bounce around between various voicings of the I chord, IV chord and V chord.  Think melodically.  This, in itself, will start to sound like a hymn.  Of course, play in all keys.
Pachelbel Canon - Part One
This is part one of using Pachelbel Canon to develop improvisation skills.
Pachelbel Canon - Part One
Video 5: Pachelbel Canon - Part One
  • Intro to Pachelbel Canon by Martan Mann.
  • Step 8:  Pachelbel Bass Line
    • The first step to improvise on the Pachelbel Canon is to learn the bass line in all keys.  Play this over and over until it is effortless.
      • I - V - VIm - IIIm - IV - I - IV - V
  • Step 9:  Pachelbel Bass Line w/Melody
    • Now play the melody of the Pachelbel Canon with the bass line in all keys.
  • Step 10:  Bass Line w/Continuous Melody
    • Now we will play a continuous melody through the Pachelbel Canon.  Since all the chords are diatonic, you can stay within the major scale of the key.  Always think forward.  Think from the second note in the phrase to the first note of the next phrase.
      • Quarter Notes
      • Eighth Notes
      • Quarter-note Triplets
      • Eighth-note Triplets
    • Step 11:  Bass Line w/Random Continuous Melody
      • Endeavor to play a continuous musical melody using variations of melodic time values.  Use a mixture of all the time values
Требования
  • You should have a basic knowledge of music theory.
Что Вы изучите?
  • Improvise music for church services.
Лекторы
Martan Mann
Martan Mann
Jazz Pianist

Martan Mann is a highly respected jazz pianist, teacher and author. He is the author of an intensive online jazz piano course, JazzSkills for Piano. He also presents individual jazz piano courses under the title: JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step.

Martan has a Master's Degree in Music from San Jose State University and has authored three books on jazz piano improvisation, including: "Jazz Improvisation for the Classical Pianist", "New Age Improvisation for the Classical Pianist", and "Improvising Blues Piano". He has extensively performed solo and trio jazz piano in California and Hawaii. He has been teaching jazz and classical privately for 50 years. Martan has been musical director for many musicals and is a frequent accompanist for top jazz vocalists. Martan performed for 25 years at The Garden City, San Jose's premiere jazz club.

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