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Jazz Mythology and Reality

By Saul Richardson, May 2015. I couldn’t make music if I spent all day in a school Recently a prodigious young pianist from Indonesia, Joey Alexander, has been receiving a lot of attention on social media. Joey is turning 12 at the time of writing this. From time to time, like Joey, other child prodigies […]

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2015 combos now enrolling

Do you play an instrument? Would you or your child age 8+ like to join a jazz band where you: a) play great music? b) learn how to improvise? c) learn the ways of jazz? d) play with other like-minded, enthusiastic and talented musicians? e) progress through a program with one of the best track […]

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Jazz Camp closing soon

This summer’s Jazz camp is close to closing for new registrations; We can accept late registrations until 30 December, 2014 or the camp is full, whichever comes first. To sweeten the deal, and make signing up a little easier, we’ve waived the PayPal surcharge. Register now online. We’ve put together a high-powered faculty of great musicians […]

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The electric guitar in school music: a case study

The involvement of the electric guitar in the co-curricular music program of a Sydney high school: a case study in the structuring of pedagogic discourse. (Rev) By Saul Richardson, 1995. Revised 2013. An unpublished honours dissertation, the University of Sydney. Original work published 1995. Revisions in 2013 included correcting some spelling and grammatical errors and page numbers […]

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Teaching Modes: a useful method

  By Saul Richardson. In this article I will compare two different ways of presenting and teaching modes to students for improvisation. The first is the common method in which we teach where modes come from. The second, and the more useful for the improviser, is what modes do. Modes are different ways of playing […]

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Tunes for beginning improvisers

By Saul Richardson, Principal & co-founder at Jazz Workshop Australia.   Here is a selection of jazz tunes that are good for beginning improvisers using a Key Center approach. Using a key center approach, the soloist selects one scale or pattern that works well against all the chords in a tune, or in a section of a […]

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Eric Dunan Interview

Eric Dunan is an expat American trumpet player and leading jazz educator now resident in Australia. He is director of the very successful jazz program at the Wollongong Conservatorium. He is also a regular on the teaching faculty at the annual JWA Jazz Camp. He kindly answered a few interview questions late in 2012, about his life […]

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Don’t be a jerk!

Some Advice for High School and University/College Musicians. You have worked long and hard, over many years probably, to reach a high standard of playing. Maybe you even dream of becoming a professional player, or at least using your skills as a jazz musician to get some paid gigs to help you through university, or […]

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