One Time Lesson | Course 12 : Three Distinct styles of music: Blues, Jazz and Rock

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One Time Short Course: Three Distinct styles of music: Blues, Jazz and Rock: $80/90 Mins

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Learn Three Distinct Styles of Music: Blues, Jazz, and Rock

Over the last century, the US has given rise to three distinct styles of music: Blues, Jazz, and Rock. These styles of music have spread throughout the world. Each one has a long and colorful history, rich in substyles, remarkable recording. All musicians play and have been influenced by the blues, and many jazz tunes are based on a 12-bar blues style. Jazz came along next to New Orleans. Some early Jazz was similar to the Blues. Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Free Jazz are various styles of Jazz. In the 1950s, rock n roll was born. 60th rock, British rock, Funky rock, and alternative rock followed. The three styles are basically quite different, they all have a common element, 12 bar blues. The 12 bar blues is one of the most often played And, therefore, the most important chord progressions in each of the three styles. To be an accomplished Blues, Jazz, and Rock musician, mastery of the 12-bar blues is essential.

Outline = Three Distinct styles of music: Blues, Jazz, and Rock

  • Construction of Blues Scales
  • C Blues Scale, F Blues Scale, Bb Blues Scale Exercises
  • II – V – I on Bb key (improvisation using Blues Scales)
  • D Blues Scale, G Blues Scales,   C Blues Scales Exercises
  • II – V – I on C key (improvisation using Blues Scales)
  • Rhythms for Improvisation
  • 12-Bar Blues
  • Dorian Modes
  • Different kinds of Rock Rhythms
  • Rhythm Exercises
  • Basic Bass Lines
  • Arpeggios and Chord Inversions
  • Voice Leading Through Inversions
  • Slash Chords. Pedal Tones
  • Rhythmic notation
  • Left-Hand Patterns
  • Technical Exercises
  • Chord progressions – I-IV-V-IV-I
  • Major and Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Fingerings for the Blues Scale in Twelve Keys
  • Rhythm and Groove
  • Construction of Chords (major, minor, 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th Aug, Dim)
  • II –V – I Exercises
  • Diminished Chords Exercises
  • Voicing in 4th
  • Chord symbols and Color Notes
  • Rhythmic Reading
  • Modes
  • Relation of Chords to Scales
  • Essential Jazz Piano Phrase
  • Songs to practice

About The Music Works

Past Events We Have Performed

The Music Works has been blessed to have had collaborated with and performed for Singapore’s government sector functions, State events, MNC functions, and other notable events including the late Minister Mentor Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s memoir book launch/birthday celebration, a performance for His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping’s (then Vice President of the People’s Republic of China), OCBC Private Banking & BMW’s Product Launch alongside a full list of other reputable corporate clients.

We are also proud to offer our experience in organizing and scaling functions for personal occasions such as weddings, birthdays & anniversaries, etc.

Mr. Parry Yap Past Performance Includes

States Events
His Excellency Olafur Ragnar Grimsson – President of the Republic of Iceland and Mdm Dorrit Moussaieff.

His Excellency Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-O-Cha Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand and A/Prof Naraporn Chan-O-Cha.

His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of the Republic of Indonesia.

His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

His Excellency Tsakhia Elbegdorj President of the Mongolia.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Prime Minister and  Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste.

His Excellency  Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of the Republic of Indonesia.

His Excellency Aleksandr Lukashenko President of the Republic of Belarus.

His Excellency Donald Tusk Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

His Excellency Jean Marc Ayrault Prime Minister of The French Republic and Mrs Brigitte Ayrault.

The Right Honourable John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand.

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Her Excellency Yingluck Shinawatra Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada.

His Excellency Truong Tan Sang President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

His Excellency Denis Sassou-Nguesso President of the Republic of Congo

His Excellency Dr Heinz Fischer Federal President of the Republic of Austria.

His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping’s (then Vice President of the People’s Republic of China)

His Excellency Hun Sen Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

His Excellency HE Mohamed Nasheed President of the Republic of Maldives.

Multinational Corporate (MNC)
Producer for NTUC Theme Song “Solidarity Forever”.

12 – Piece Big band for SNEC Annual Dinner.

13 – Piece Dixieland cum Dance Band for SSO 25th Anniversary.

26 Piece Orchestra with SSO for Standard Chartered Band 140th Anniversary – Conducted Bart Folse.

21 – Piece orchestra for Sony convention – Conducted by Lin Chien Kwan – Assistant professor of East School of Music.

OCBC – Private Banking

UBS – Private Banking

UOB – Private Banking Investment Seminar for Premium Customers

AIA – Award Ceremony

Prudential – Award Ceremony

SIA – Award Ceremony

BMW – Product Launch

Sembawang Ship Yard – Appreciation Event

Cartier – Product Launch

Far East Organization – Showroom

GICs – Networking Event

Singapore Tatler – Networking Event

Canon – Appreciation Night

Other Collaborations
Concert tour with Taiwanese Singer Su Rei in Indonesia. Session Player for HK Superstar Alam Tham and Late Leslie Cheung.

NUS – Graduation Ceremony

SGH – Conference

HDB Hub – Annual Dinner

Late Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew – Launch of Memoir Book/Birthday

Hotel Associations

Law Society


Khattar and Wong


Ernst and Young


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