Wilktone Podcast – Episode 20

Show Notes

Drop the Needle – Answer to last episode’s contest. Submit your answer for this episode through my contact form.

Music History Spotlight – Throat singers of Tuva
Tuvan Throat Singing
Huun Huur-Tu
David Hoffner
Genghis Blues
Paul Pena
Sixty Horses In My Herd
Tuva/Voices from the Center of Asia

Music Theory/Composition – Secondary dominant chords

Secondary dominants

Practice Tips – Practicing more efficiently

The Inner Game of Music

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Wilktone Podcast – Episode 19

Show Notes

Introduction – Show segments

Music History Spotlight – Dexter Gordon

Drop the Needle – Submit your answer to me through my contact form.

Music Theory/Composition – The Authentic (V-I) cadence

Practice Tips – Doodle tonguing
See Conrad Herwig Introduction to Doodle Tonguing: http://www.trombone.org/articles/library/conradherwig-mc.asp

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Episode 18 – Diatonic Harmony

In Episode 18 of my podcast series I cover a common chord pattern using all 7 diatonic triads of a major key.  Also covered is a composition exercise using only diatonic harmony and some thoughts on how to expand this material into a more complete composition.

As with Episode 17, this is an enhanced podcast, so you will be able to view images that can help you follow the discussion if you’re listening on an enhanced podcast compatible player.

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Episode 17 – Composing Melodies Using Melodic Cells

In this podcast I explore an exercise composers can use to create interesting melodies through restricting your note choices to a small melodic cell.  Using just four pitches we’ll explore two very different directions while sticking true to the same source material.  Since the restrictions placed on you by requiring you to use the melodic cell are limiting, you have to find other ways to make your melody strong.

If you enjoyed the Appreciating Jazz series I do plan on returning to that format and take a look at more jazz and other musical styles in the future.  Subscribe on iTunes or download future podcasts on my web site.

Appreciating Jazz Part 15 – Contemporary Jazz

This installment of my Appreciating Jazz Podcast series covers the eclectic styles and musicians creating jazz since the 1980s.  Focusing on artists such as Wynton Marsalis, John Zorn, and Maria Schneider I try to demonstrate how varied contemporary jazz as an art for has become.

This is the last installment (for now) of this particular series, but I will be returning with a new format an new topic soon.  You can download this and future podcasts on my web site (wilktone.com) or by subscribing to my iTunes channel.

Appreciating Jazz Part 14 – Fusion

This episode discusses jazz-rock fusion.  By the 1970s many jazz musicians looking for new sounds to explore turned to rock styles for inspiration.  Miles Davis continued to lead the direction of  jazz-rock fusion and many of his sidemen led influential groups of their own, such as Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, and John McLaughlin.  At the same time, rock bands like Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears, began to similarly borrow from jazz musicians and incorporate lengthy improvisations and horn sections that played a more significant role that was typical.

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Appreciating Jazz Part 13 – Free Jazz

Although other jazz musicians had begun experimenting with improvising without preset conditions earlier, by the 1960s a growing community of artists began to perform and record using radically different stylistic rules  Freeing themselves up from preset chord progressions, instrumental roles and other musical elements used in previous jazz styles, musicians such as Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor became associated with this avant garde style that became known as free jazz.  At the same time, organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the Black Artists Group began to sponsor performances and help like-minded musicians form groups to perform this new music.

This podcast covers some of the most influential artists of free jazz.  You can download it in the link below and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes.

Appreciating Jazz Part 12 – Hard Bop

In this week’s podcast I cover the development and musicians of the hard bop jazz style.  Focusing on musicians like Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, and Wes Montgomery, this episode discusses how these, and other, musicians reacted to the mellow sounds of cool jazz and developed a more aggressive approach that emphasize darker tone colors and a hard driving groove.

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Appreciating Jazz Part 11 – Miles Davis and John Coltrane

Trumpet player Miles Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane were two of the most significant and influential jazz musicians of all time.  In this podcast I’ll discuss the life and music of these two innovative artists, including discussions of their musical styles and important sidemen and other collaborators who helped drive the direction jazz took along with Davis and Coltrane.

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Appreciating Jazz Part 10 – Cool Jazz

In the 1950s a number of jazz musicians began reacting to the hot approach of bebop and began toning down their music.  Taking their cue from Miles Davis’s album, The Birth of the Cool, many players began to perform and record in a similar approach, sometimes borrowing elements from classical music as well.  This podcast covers some of the most influential musicians of cool jazz.

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