One of the fastest ways to master jazz improvisation is to start with one scale in one key and really learn to hear all the melodies and patterns in the scale.
You don’t need worry about all the other keys in the beginning. Yes, of course eventually you will need to learn them to really be fluent as an improviser. In the beginning though, you need to eliminate as much theory and thinking as possible. As you will see below, your brain and body can do amazing things if you don’t over think what you’re trying to train it to do.
Many people, myself included in the beginning, think that they can’t improvise because they don’t know enough scales and harmonic knowledge. That kind of thinking will just hold you back. Jazz improvisation is most quickly learned “by ear”. Listening to other saxophone players that you like and learning to HEAR the lines they are playing is how almost all of the great jazz musicians from the beginning of jazz up until the 1960’s learned how to improvise. In the 50’s and 60’s many great jazz teachers took up residency in the various colleges and began writing books on it. But the best improvisers learned by ear. Too much theory slows down the process.
If you want to see proof of how you can learn much faster by ear, just check out this video. In it, these students have never played the saxophone before starting the method, they learned how to get a decent sound and learned only minimal reading. The method teaches you how to master one scale in one key so that your brain doesn’t get overloaded. The next step is to memorize 6 simple approach note pairs that resolve to target notes in each chord on a simple blues progression. There are many teachers who teach the blues scale and have their students learn a few licks or just let them wander around, but this method absolute teaches you to hear the chord changes and know exactly where you are at all times. Just take a listen to these students and notice how they are hitting all the chord changes. They are not reading anything except the chord symbols.
Their are no tricks in the method. Just a straight forward system of teaching that eliminates reading and theory and just trains your ear properly. And it’s not a dead end. It’s only the beginning of training your ear so that you can continue to build on the foundation that it lays.
What is the difference between violin, viola, and cello?
When you are learning a string instrument in Los Angeles, it is important to know the main string instruments of an orchestra. Despite the fact that all are made from the same material and combination of parts, there are less similarities than differences. Following are the main differences of these, whether you are curious or your child is trying to choose an instrument for her elective:
Size -Violin Viola and Cello
Size-wise, violin is the smallest and cello is the largest. Although viola is bigger than violin, it is only a slight difference and hard to tell to an inexperienced person. No matter the size of the instrument, your child can learn anything he or she wants! This is because all instruments come in small sizes. I have seen the smallest girls play bass and tallest guys play violin just as successfully!
Range and Strings of each String Instrument
Tuning-wise, violas and cellos are the same (A,D,G,C) and violins don’t have the C and have the E above the A. The strings go from shorter and thinner to thicker and longer based on instrument size. The violin range goes from G3 to A7. The viola range is C3-E6, as well as possessing a deeper tone. The cello range is C2-C6.
The main difference between viola and violin vs. cello is how to hold it. Cello is played sitting down and in between the knees, with the end pin on the floor balancing the instrument. Violin and viola are positioned under the chin. The bow hold is also different between violin and viola vs. cello.
The traditional melodic instrument in the orchestra is the violin, and the violinist closest to the conductor on the outside is called the concertmaster. This is the most important role in the orchestra, communicating directly with the conductor and helping lead the orchestra. Violas are mainly harmonic instruments, with cellos supporting the upper strings and interchanging between bass lines, harmony and melody.
Cello and violin are the most popular instruments. Viola is the hidden gem in the sense that you have an edge if you play it really well. Additionally, violin and viola are easier to play interchangeably so consider adding viola to your list of skills if you are a violinist.
It’s never too late to learn another instrument and Los Angeles Music Teachers is here to help you do that, whether it’s your first or an additional instrument.
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Whether you’re looking to dance the night away with some upbeat swing music, or looking to have a calming soundtrack played during your Cocktail Hour…Rossi Music represents an array of Los Angeles Jazz Bands, Santa Barbara Wedding Bands, Orange County Wedding Bands.
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While some people/couples prefer to hire a DJ, a jazz group can add an element of luxury and class to your big event. There is nothing more soothing than sipping a cocktail to the sound of a piano and saxophone playing an alluring melody with an instrumental jazz ensemble in the background.
WHY Rossi Music?
Simple. We pride ourselves in offering the most professional service in all of Los Angeles. Our work is characterized by pristine quality, passionate performances, proper communication, and an overall one-of-a-kind experience.
It’s important to read reviews before you hire any particular service, especially when hiring instrumental jazz for LA weddings and corporate events.
When it comes to service and professionalism, we provide the best service in all of Los Angeles. Firstly, we consult with our clients to make sure all the details of the event are straight and everyone is on the same page. Our goal is to make your Los Angeles Jazz Band vision come true. From choosing the right band, to choosing the right instruments/musicians, to customizing your song playlist, to placing the band in the proper venue location, all the way to coordinating with your LA Wedding Planner and showing up early on the day of your event; we go above and beyond for all our clients.
Rossi Music only represents the Los Angeles Jazz Band or Roaring 20’s Great Gatsby Jazz of superb quality. Our roster includes highly acclaimed, highly rated, and highly prestigious Musicians from all over the LA area. If you hire a Los Angeles Wedding Band, Orange County Wedding Band – you are guaranteed the best quality music.
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Looking for more information on our list of the Los Angeles Jazz Groups? Each LA Jazz Band below offers their very own experience and sound. Feel free to click the name of each band to be taken to a more detailed description of that band.
With a heavy focus on vintage jazz music, The Los Angeles Jazz Band can make you feel like you’re back in the 1930s and 1940s.
Not only do they specialize in instrumental vintage jazz music with tracks from The Great American Songbook; they bring forth an energy filled with wit, positivity, and pizzazz.
Are you a Great Gatsby fan? Do you love the 1920s? The Los Angeles Great Gatsby Jazz Band will have you reliving your favorite flapper dress scenes with their incredibly soothing Los Angeles Jazz Music.
How about French Jazz Music? We have several outstanding French jazz singers who can give you the French style of jazz with world class French musicians.
Even though I run Rossi Music, I continue my passion for playing jazz music with Various Instrumental/Non Instrumental Los Angeles Jazz Groups. Please feel free to consult me about hiring a jazz group for your next event in Los Angeles or Orange County. I have a commitment to only provide the best musicians in Los Angeles for all of my ensembles.
Music has been soul food for a long time. Good music can bring a positive change in people’s individual lives and in the world. This is why musicians are respected around the globe.
While many musicians have the natural talent for understanding, making, and delivering music, they often seek the help of music lessons to enhance it. The concept of a music school has also become common. There are reputed colleges and universities that feature a music department but specialized schools are available too. A music school offers a great variety of music lessons including mastering different musical instruments.
Some people will turn towards platforms like YouTube to get musical knowledge but nothing beats the skills and experience of a professional music teacher. If you don’t have access to the best music school or would like to learn within a comfortable environment, you can choose private music lessons. Parents interested in teaching their kids music from an early age will greatly benefit from such an option.
If you have decided on private music lessons for yourself or the children, then hiring a reputable music teacher is quite important. Not all teachers share the same capability. Here is how you can hire the best music teacher:
Questions Before Hiring
The appropriate questions will help compare different teachers and shortlist the best. Questions should be regarding the qualifications and experience. If the teacher is for a child, they should have experience in teaching music to children. Also, ensure that your child will be comfortable and safe with a particular person. The teacher should be able to convey basic music knowledge like the CAGED system and how scales are made. Ask questions regarding the teaching techniques too.
Taking Trial Lessons
Trial lessons are a great way to find the best music teacher. It is an effective method to get familiar with the teaching method of a particular teacher. In case you or the child is not comfortable with the teaching approach, then you can quit before you end up learning music badly. In case of a child, you can also attend the trial lesson to assess the situation better.
Evaluate the Trial Experience
The trial lesson experience should be evaluated from both perspectives i.e. the teacher and the learner. If your child is the learner, discuss how well they liked the lesson and if they were able to understand the teacher. When discussing with the teacher, ask them if the student has a significant interest in learning music (recommended if the student is a child) and how much time it will take to learn the basics.
If you don’t have the best music school within easy access for yourself or a child, simply run a Google search of ‘music lessons near me’. You are likely to find music teachers that are available for private lessons. You will not regret spending time on finding the best music teacher as it is not wasted. The best teacher can give you the true insight into the world of music.
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You’re looking for your first violin and you have no idea where to start! Don’t worry, we will show you the different levels of instruments. Below are some important pointers you need to know when buying the best violin in Los Angeles:
Size - 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8. I will write another more in-depth article about violin sizes, but for now you need to know how to find the right size for your child. Extend their left arm away from the body, and take the measurement from the base of the neck to the center of the palm or the wrist. The size that will be most comfortable is from the neck to the wrist.
New or used? - You might get a better value getting a used instrument or a rent-to-own at a shop. Ask your instructor for music lessons for recommendations on local violin shops.
Quality - Depending on your budget, you may be limited in terms of quality. However, whatever your price range is there are certain non-negotiable things. For example, if there are visible cracks, that’s a big red flag. You won’t know how to determine whether a crack has been well sealed or will ultimately devalue the instrument when you try to resell it, so as a general rule of thumb stay away from violins with cracks.
Price range - Know how much you can comfortably spend on a starter instrument, but realize a very entry level instrument starts at $500 at the bare minimum, plus the bow and case. In addition, you need rosin and a spare set of strings in case one breaks in the middle of tuning or practicing. It will be easier to narrow down your search once you have a specific budget to work with.
There are some key differences between student, intermediate and professional violins. A student violin is probably what you will find online somewhere like Amazon for up to $400. This is a complete waste of money because some of the parts are made of plastic and will eventually require more to repair than you paid for it. If you don’t know whether your child will stick to it, you’re better off renting a decent level instrument.
Intermediate violins range from $400 to $1000 and are your best bet when you are ready to purchase and know your child is committed to it for at least 6 months. Several music stores require a 6 month contract anyway, and you will not lose anything in resale value (as opposed to student level violins which are worth nothing when you try to sell them). When it comes to professional instruments, expect to pay anywhere from $4000 to at least $10,000. Price varies greatly but you will not be disappointed with the high quality parts and hand crafted work carefully done by the luthier.
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