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Music Theory 202
Jazz Improvisation Techniques
by: greggfine
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  • Dark Lane
    Posts: 27
    Joined: May 14th, 2020
    Jazz fusion
    Hi Joe I've just completed Greg's jazz courses 201 and 202; both excellent as always. But my specific interest is in jazz fusion (Weather Report, Return to Forever, Snarky Puppy) as I'm more of a rock guy to be honest and listening to these bands it's difficult to relate their songs to the courses. I'm interested to know what elements of jazz fusion are typically rock based and which are jazz based. Rhythm I'm assuming is more straight rock or syncopated funk/latin while harmonies I assume are jazz based (7 chords and modulation). But what about song form? And soloing? Any pointers on what jazz elements to base my fusion songwriting on? And any other resources outside of Ask Video to look at? Maybe this could be a separate section of both of these courses in the future? Thanks Steve
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Jazz fusion
    Hi Steve - I would guess the blend of rock & jazz elements would depend on the particular artist -- I'm sure there's a wide range of different approaches, depending on the artists' background & influences. I haven't listened to rock/jazz fusion music for many many years, so I can't really offer you any insights there, especially on contemporary fusion artists. Besides the courses from Gregg Fine there are some other courses in the Music Theory section that might apply [maybe those Theory courses from Jordan Rudess..?] -- I guess you'd have to audition them a bit to see if any go in the musical direction you'd be interested in.. Don't forget you can post requests for course material in the General > Suggested Training subforum -- if there's enough interest in a topic then maybe they'll look into it..
  • Dark Lane
    Posts: 27
    Joined: May 14th, 2020
    Re: Jazz fusion
    Okay, thanks Joe If you haven't checked them out before, try Snarky Puppy . Some of the best musicians around at the moment in my opinion. Steve
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