In this "Understanding a Tune" masterclass, renowned pianist and educator Dan Haerle shows you how to get deep inside a song in order to get the most out of your improvisations. Dan breaks down his method of using a tune's melody and chords in order to analyze the overall harmony, so that you can solo melodically through the changes while staying true to the song's identity. If you're looking to become more fluent with your jazz soloing, this jazz improvisation lesson is for you. NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the "purchase" version (not the $8.99 "rental" version) which includes the embedded notation from the video.
Topics Covered: Jazz, Piano, Improvisation, Knowing the Melody, Harmonic Analysis, Motifs, Diatonic Modes, Harmonic Minor Modes, Melodic Minor Modes, Symmetric Scales, Developing a Solo, Interpreting, Finding Key Centers in Standards, Chord Symbols, Chord Function, Harmonic Context, Soloing, Etc.
Dan was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Education “Hall of Fame” at the annual conference in Toronto on January 9, 2003. The IAJE Hall of Fame Award honors individuals whose musical contributions and dedication to jazz education over the past 25 years have created new directions and curricular innovations for jazz education worldwide.
In 2007, Dan completed his modified service at UNT and became a member of the adjunct teaching faculty. In the fall of 2007, he was named Professor Emeritus.
In 2008, Dan joined the faculty of the Dallas School of Music where he taught for seven years.
On January 6, 2012, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) awarded Dan (along with Jamey Aebersold, David Baker and Jerry Coker) the distinction of “LeJENd of Jazz Education” at its 3rd annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
In April of 2014, Dan received the DJAM (Dallas Jazz Apreciation Month) award of Jazz Educator of the year.
In October of 2015, Dan was awarded the 2015 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Coe College (1961)
Master of Music in Composition from North Texas State University (1966)