Category Archives: High School Music

Guitar, Composition, and Recording

HS Virtual Jazz: Sounds and Instruments

A. Tone Colors Jazz musicians play their instruments utilizing the complete gamut of tone colors (tonal quality) that their instruments will allow. B. Emotional Expression Unlike classical players who usually strive for a clear, “pure” tone, jazz players strive for … Continue reading

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HS Virtual Jazz: Rhythm

II. Rhythm A. Basic Definition 1. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, rhythm is a regular pattern formed by a series of notes of differing duration and stress. 2. That part of the music which concerns how long or short … Continue reading

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HS Virtual Jazz: Elements of Jazz- Assignment + Final Project Test Option

1. Download the following PDF Jazz in America Glossary. The information on this PDF is the same as on the Jazz in America Glossary Post https://the24hourtala.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/8-hs-virtual-jazz-elements-of-jazz/. Please review this well. This is essential vocabulary for talking about music. Download the … Continue reading

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9 HS Virtual Jazz: Improvisation

I. Improvisation A. Improvisation – perhaps jazz’s most essential ingredient 1.Improvisation is spontaneous composition; that is, each musician determines what he/she is going to play AS he/she is playing it (easier said than done!) 2.Jazz improvisation is very similar to … Continue reading

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8 HS Virtual Jazz: Elements of Jazz Glossary

Jazz in America Glossary –Elements of Jazz arrangement: The specific organization or performance order of a given composition (i.e., who plays what when). chord: Two or more notes played simultaneously. chorus: A single play-through of the structure (i.e., the entire … Continue reading

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7 HS Virtual Jazz: Jazz, America’s Music

A. America’s indigenous art form Jazz is America’s indigenous art form, having its birth and evolution in the United States. In 1987 the Joint Houses of Congress passed a resolution declaring jazz an American National Treasure. Jazz masters have been … Continue reading

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HS Virtual Jazz “Blues, Bessy Smith, and Youth Culture in Bamako”

Choose one of the following 3 options. This week, April 23 through the 29,  I would like to give you several options for you assignments but I am having a hard time embedding youtube videos here because of the internet … Continue reading

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