Music is language. There are many different dialects. You hear a phrase you like, you want to respond somehow. It doesn't matter what your preferred style is - all music can be understood in terms of melody, harmony and rhythm...
PLAY YOUR KEYS • SWING YOUR TUNE • SING YOUR SONG
• discover and develop YOUR musical voice •
piano and improvisation lessons
Gratefully, weekday afternoon/evening lesson spots are just about through January 2017! If you have some flexibility, late mornings/early afternoons are possible, and Saturday mornings as well. Give a shout and let's talk about how we can help bring more music into your life!
Jazz is my primary musical language. I love the extended harmonies offered by Duke Ellington and the beboppers, later so exquisitely enhanced by Bill Evans. I love the swing rhythm that emerged in early New Orleans music and the harmonic rhythms of bebop that continue to be used today. I love the act, and art, of improvising, of creating in the moment, for this is one of the the great gifts of jazz - be in the moment and welcome what comes, especially the new, the different, the constant transcending of the present.
At studioMahalo, we use your strengths and desire to improve your musical abilities and skills. Our emphasis is on musical conversation and so we explore
- vocabulary (theory)
- reading (sight singing)
- speaking (performing)
- writing (composition), and
- listening (ear training and more)
Conversations happen between two or more people. They can be written down and performed, as actors read and perform parts written by a screenwriter, as musicians read and perform their parts of a work written by a composer. In our daily lives, conversations are spontaneous - we speak in the moment, drawing from what we know and who we are in the moment. This ability to be spontaneous musically, the ability to improvise, has been frowned upon (to say the least) for much of the past century in the teaching of what we generally refer to as classical music. Fortunately this is beginning to change, as music is undergoing an extraordinary transformation across the planet. Just as everyone has at least one language with which they communicate, everyone should have some basic ability to communicate musically. One of the great gifts of jazz throughout its history is its enthusiastic embrace of improvisation. Improvisation is also integral to many other musical genres across the globe. The ability to improvise, to speak spontaneously drawing from what we know and who we are in the moment. is critical to successful musical conversation at any level.