ASA 124th Meeting New Orleans 1992 October

5pMU1. Developing jazz improvisational skills.

Dennis Thurmond

Music Synthesis Dept., Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215

The use of music sequencing software to develop idiomatic keyboard improvisational skills based on the scalar motives of Keith Jarrett will be discussed. The presentation will include different models of real-time performance practices using a keyboard controller with sequenced bass and rhythm tracks. With the advent of sophisticated music sequencing software it is now possible to develop applications to aid the developing jazz musician acquire specific improvisational skills within the sonic framework of a specific improvisor (in this case, Keith Jarrett). Notational examples will include Mr. Jarrett's work from the recordings: Koln Concert and Forest Flower.