In this "All About Half Steps" jazz piano lesson, renowned pianist and educator Dan Haerle shows you how to add tension and release to your improvisations, utilizing 1/2 step motion. Dan discusses and demonstrates how to effectively use half steps with chord resolutions and various scales, so that you can build "drama" through the bar line. If you want to add some more depth to your jazz playing, this masterclass is for you. NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the download version (not the $8.99 streaming version) which includes the embedded notation from the video.
Topics Covered: Jazz, piano, using 1/2 steps, horizontal improvisation, tension and release, resolutions, moving chord structures, V I motion, ii V I motion, voice leading, building melodies from 1/2 step motion, 1/2 steps in scales and modes, non-harmonic tones, approach tones, passing tones, neighbor tones, enclosures, 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)