In this linear improvisation lesson, keyboardist Ben Stivers teaches you the basics of linear improvisation and playing through chord changes. Ben's simple approach will help open melodic pathways in your solos and lines.
Topics Covered: Linear improvisation, playing the changes, resting notes, passing notes, playing a unaccompanied solo, developing control, utilizing space, phrasing, staying concise with your melody, getting more exotic sounds, creating forward momentum in your lines, developing motifs, modal playing.
Ben Stivers grew up in Las Vegas where both parents worked as musicians. He earned a degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and started his career in South Florida. Through his work in the Miami studio scene, and on the recommendation of his friend and classmate, John merchant, Ben had the good fortune of Meeting Barry and his brothers in the early 90ties, working on a re-mix of ‘You Should Be Dancing’. Through the following years, he worked extensively in their studio, making demos of the songs they were writing. He has had the honor of recording with The Bee Gees on ‘One Night Only’ and “This Is Where I Came In”, as well as numerous concerts, TV appearances, and awards presentations, including VH1 Storytellers and their induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Now living in New York Ben has worked with a wide range of artists, including Ricky Martin, Matchbox Twenty, Laura Branigan, as well as his own projects.