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Getting Started: Tips and Resources for the Young Jazz Ensemble

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.

Rhythm Section

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 …

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Recording Your Ensembles: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

Overview: This blog will provide basic information on how to record, produce, and promote your school ensemble(s). Topics to be covered include: the selection and purchase of appropriate recording equipment based on quality vs. budgetary needs; overview of recording software for PC and Mac; microphone placement options; environment (sound) concerns and suggestions; distribution formats (in addition to standard “old‐fashioned” compact discs), including social media; and, where to find these products/services. Through an overview of past recording projects, ideas, and personal experiences, this is one of the best ways to promote (and improve) your program.

Three Main Categories: Audio Acquisition; Editing/Mixing; Distribution (and copyright issues). There are many details within each of these main items. The level of complexity is in direct proportion to the intended end results of the effort.

Questions: What are your ultimate goals in making these projects? 1. Promote the school music program(s)? (musical business cards) 2. Fundraise by selling discs, other media with audio/video? 3. Provide quality recording of the literature for the marketplace? 4. Improve the intonation, tone quality, expectations for increased performance level? 5. …

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