On scenic Lake Rideau, near Westport, Ontario
August 3rd - August 6th, 2017

Topics To Be Covered:

jazz theory
jazz harmony
jazz analysis
blues
improvisation techniques
ensemble playing
how to practice efficiently and productively
memorization
performance tips

We will thoroughly examine and discuss how a deep understanding of jazz theory enhances every aspect of jazz performance, soloing, arranging, and composition.

We will look closely at Paul’s method of teaching improvisation, which includes these four cornerstones:

-these are the most important tools in your soloing toolbox-

1. Designated chord scales
2. Alternate chord scales
3. Arpeggios
4. Cliches
– Licks
– Chromaticism (chromatic approach notes and chromatic runs)
– Constant structure
– Indirect resolution
– Disjunct motion (leaping intervals larger than a third)

Paul Renz has been teaching for over 35 years, was the Director of Jazz Studies at the West Bank School of Music for 23 years and teaches jazz at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. He is a bandleader, performs regularly in the Midwest, and frequently tours the country. His CDs have garnered critical acclaim and excellence in music awards. He conducts clinics internationally.

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