Objectives: 1. Learn to create simple, effective solutions for the rhythm section. 2. Discussion of methods for developing jazz solos for young players. 3. Discover techniques for evaluating and selecting quality jazz charts for young players.
Standard instrumentation may not be a viable option in the beginning. From my experience, this is the “order of necessity” (not importance) for creating a rhythm section: Bass, Drums, Piano/Guitar or Guitar/Piano. Since the last two both provide harmony, albeit differently, the order of appearance would seem to be local availability. IF there is simply no students available who play rhythm instruments, there are creative options through the use of Garage Band (on the iPad or laptop), or a number of other simple sequencing programs that contain a nice sound library, such as Band in the Box (PC/MAC). An amplification system would be required.
Bass: It is nearly impossible to create an ensemble of any type without a bass voice. This is certainly true in the jazz ensemble. Option #1: Standard Electric Bass – most portable, requires standard one‐cabinet amplifier (also most …