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

Pachelbel Canon uses a very specific bass line. It is a perfect introduction to piano improvisation.
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

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 V

Step #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 Voicings

Practice 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

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to know basic music theory and have a intermediate piano skill.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use the popular Pachelbel Canon to develop improvisation skills.
  • Use Pachelbel Canon to develop jazz styles.

What is the target audience?

  • This is for pianists who can already play piano. This is not for beginners.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Study the Pachelbel Canon to learn to improvise.
Introduction to the Step-by-Step Lessons
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09:08

Step #1: Pachelbel Bass Line.

The Bass Line of the Pachelbel Canon:
I V VIm IIIm IV I IV V

Step #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.

09:38

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.

03:36

Step #9: Set a Groove.

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 Voicings

Practice breaking up the chords.

Step #13: Add in Melody.

Add in melody.

09:29

Step #14: 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.

Step #15: Pachelbel and the Modes.

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.

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Instructor Biography

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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