Jazz Solfeggio Course – part three

6 MODULES

35 LESSONS

2nd YEAR

Course description

In the third part of the course you will overcome the main difficulties you may have in reading modern sheet music. You will learn to read simple and compound times, cut tempos, irregular groups and syncopation. All the exercises are taken from authentic jazz, Latin, rock, blues and other genres, to get you used to all types of music.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Shifting of accents: the syncope

In this module we deal with a rhythmically complex figure: the syncope with eighth notes. In parts one and two of the jazz solfeggio course, you should have learned to read the notes on the staff with ease. The third part therefore focuses more on rhythmic aspects.

Lesson 46

Syncope and swing pronunciation

Lesson 47

Shifting of the rhythmic accent

Lesson 48

Other musical styles: bossanova

Lesson 49

Other musical styles: light rock

Lesson 50

accented upbeat notes

Lesson 51

Polyrhythms

Lesson 52

Combination of syncope and triplet

Lesson 53

Syncope and eighth note triplet


Quarter-note triplets in two movements

In this module we deal with a particular type of irregular group: the quarter-note triplet in two movements. This figure is recurrent in the repertoire of jazz standards, especially in ballads.

Lesson 54

Quarter note triplet in two movements

Lesson 55

Quarter note triplet in two movements

Lesson 56

Quarter note triples in two movements, with tie


The sixteenth note

In this module you learn how to read the sixteenth figure. The exercises deal systematically with all possible combinations of the sixteenths with the other values studied so far.

Lesson 57

Quartine di semicrome

Lesson 58

Suddivisione del movimento: una croma + 2 semicrome

Lesson 59

Sixteenth notes quadruplet with tie

Lesson 60

How to use your hand in solfeggio gesture, to read sixteenth notes

Lesson 61

The sixteenth rest

Lesson 62

The double dot

Lesson 63

Expression marks: ritenuto or ritardando

Lesson 64

Sixteenth notes in bossanova style


Simple and compound times

In this module you will learn the difference between simple and compound times. You will read several examples of compound times. As usual the exercises are taken from authentic pieces in different musical styles.

Lesson 65

Introduction to compound times: 6/8 time

Lesson 66

Downbeat and upbeat in compound times

Lesson 67

Beaming of notes in compound time

Lesson 68

Dotted eight note in compound time

Lesson 69

Dotted eight note in compound time

Lesson 70

12/8 time in modern music: gospel, blues, ballads

Lesson 71

Tie and anticipation of the pulse

Lesson 72

12/8 time: the blues style


2/4 time

In this module you will learn to read some songs in the binary time of 2/4. The exercises are quite long and contain complex phrases.

Lesson 73

Leger line notes, notes above the staff

Lesson 74

2/4 time and eighth note triplet

Lesson 75

The sixteenth-eight-sixteenth syncope

Lesson 76

Syncope and tie in two measure


Cut time

The cut time is a binary time written as a 4/4. It is normally used in songs with a very fast tempo and in particular styles such as samba, bossa nova and ragtime.

Lesson 77

Cut time and leger line notes, below the staff

Lesson 78

Fast tempo, notes below and above the staff

Lesson 79

The backbeat

Lesson 80

Syncope and cut time