Level 4 - Developing Advanced Chops
I’m a music graduate or equivalent. Let me do a quick refresh of some of the more challenging diatonic intervals; I’m ready to go right into augmented and diminished intervals; the 12 note chromatic scale; get my chromatic pitching bang on and faster and faster; I’m ready to transcribe Wes Montgomery solos by ear; I want to sing in Indian Ragas and modes.
I’m good on the somatic awareness of my voice and I’m ready to keep the quality of my tone as I get sophisticated and increasingly fast with my friggin’ awesome vocal agility.
On harmony, I need a brief refresher on diatonic harmony in the context of collaborative improvisation, and now I’m ready for chord elaboration and inversions. And increasingly crunchy sophisticated beautiful vocal harmony in both a conscious and an intuitive way. F yeah.
I’m all about playing with semi-quaver patterns, polyrhythm and oddmeter. I already do that, but now I want to get more conscious and sophisticated with it, and I can work at a good pace.
Wild Voice, Solid Roots Level 4 | Year-long Course Content
Becoming more and more able to play with highly rhythmically complex vocal improvisation
Working regularly with polyrhythm, odd-meter and 16th note / semiquaver patterns and phrasing in steady patterns, free soloing, alone and in collaboration with interlocking patterns, in increasingly fascinating and funky ways.
Singing whilst playing drum, shaker, or other instrument, with increasing rhythmic sophistication; improvisational vocal freedom while you hold it very steady on another instrument, now with elements of polyrhythm, oddmeter and 16th note / semiquaver patterns.
Reading and writing rhythmic notation; aural recognition of grooves and ability to sing along and improvise in the pocket
Becoming increasingly sophisticated in your ability to improvise with others harmonically.
Becoming able to instantly recognise and variously produce different voicings of chords including 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th tones - both consciously and also intuitively.
Establishing deep aural and vocal familiarity with a range of cadences and using them frequently in collaborative improvisation.
Harmonic ear training with all chords and progressions in major and minor.
Harmonic transcriptions to suit your ability and taste.
Tone, Agility, Melody, Mode
Becoming extremely precise, clear, steady and calm when your voice hits this and that note. Being able to land swiftly on notes across a range of intervals, including augmented and diminished intervals, with diverse rhythms.
Building fluent access to the chromatic scale, major and minor blues scales, and modes of your choice, in addition to scales from level 2 (major, minor) and level 3 (major and minor pentatonic, dorian and mixolydian.)
Aural transcriptions of solos / music of your choice of style - typically jazz and world
Expanding your repertoire of memorised agility studies, encorporating for example more Bach preludes, the solos you transcribe, and other inspirations
Cultivating the deep quality of your vocal tone and its maintenance across increasingly deft agility through regular scale practice, resonant body work and vocal meditation.
Voice, Creativity and Integration
Fully inhabiting the resonant body, enjoying your free voice - clear, strong, healthy, and beautifully your own.
Through collaborative and solo improvisation, dropping fear and restrictions, and allowing the creative river to flow.
Improvising with words
Listening; an ever expanding capacity to hear all voices (and through the chops study, to understand what you’re hearing), whilst also listening to your own musical impulse, body and self
Integrated Expressive Practice – using sound, movement and language for high quality creative expression
Integrating the conscious study of rhythm, harmony and melody into free flowing musicianship.
Reflection and navigating your path of growing as a musician in the world in ways that fit you very well.