SEMINARS / CONCERTS - Anywhere in the world
• Melody harmonization / chord soloing / reading chord charts
• Understanding comtemporary jazz theory through alterations and extensions and polytonality
•Creating a jazz solo from a compositional viewpoint in bebop, smooth, and avant garde styles without scales and modes.
• Improvisation techniques / developing a motif
• Ornette Coleman's Harmelodics theory
• 12 tone "scale free" improvisation
• John Coltrane's and Eric Dolphy's polytonal theory
Guitar technique improvement
• Horizontal and vertical movement on the guitar neck
• 12 keys in one position / 1 key in twelve positions
• Soloing with octaves
• Arpeggio and melody guitar harmonics
• Playing effectively in an ensemble or big band
• Treatment and/or prevention of guitar induced hand, wrist, neck, back pain and problems
. How to use the new looper technology to enhance your performance and practicing.
- Creating an effective hybrid right hand technique
• Comping for a instrumental soloists
• Altered chords / polytonal chords / chord substitution
• The four methods of efficient practicing
• Combo rehearsal systems
• Jazz ear training directly related to "on the job" performance
• Transcribing techniques: melodies and chord progression
• Creating the perfect practice studio / area
• Guitar setup / maintenance / adjustment
• Choosing the best guitar for your music / technique
• Creating your best sound / amp adjustment and placement
• Choosing the right amp: closed or open-back amp, speaker size, tube or solid state, brands
- Tailoring an effects rack to enhance your music
PLAYING SOLO / DUO
• Walking bass lines and chords simultaneously
• The art of accompanying a vocalist in a guitar / voice duo
• Walking bass lines and improvising a melody simultaneously.
- Using loopers and other technologies to enhance live performance.
• Career promotion / understanding "the music business"
• Making money playing music
- Creating an onstage image and personality
- Speaking effectively to an audience,
• Construction of melodies, chord changes, and song forms and their relationships to each other
• Solfeggio-free ear training directly related to performance
. Transcription techniques
- Help for those with perfect pitch in navigating the world.
- Seminar based on Jack's Reharmonized Real Book
Picture at right: MIlwaukee Area Technical College Music Department in 1984. L - R: Joe Kroll, John Derezinski,
Steve Comeau, Don Madden, Jack, Unidentified,
Mark Moore. Jack was Department Chairman 1983 - 2004.
THE REHARMONIZED REAL BOOK SEMINAR
Comparing the old real book and his new real book, Jack shows you how to create unique song reharmonizations. Learn to vertically harmonize single notes many ways while creating contrapuntal settings for melodies with horizontal harmony movement.
ELECTRONIC INNOVATIONS ON MUSIC
A one hour multi-media presentation. Using vintage video of Roy Smeck in 1929, Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1953, Jack Grassel in 2008, Jack and Jill demonstrate live how modern looping technology affects current live music performance.
IMPROVISATION SEMINAR & CONCERT WITH YOUR SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Walt Stuart created the Beyond The Sea arrangement for Bobby Darin and crafted our big band arrangements. Copies are available for rehearsals. We also have a string quintet piece to accompany Jill. Hear these on our IT'S ABOUT THE MUSIC CD.
POWER PRACTICING WORKSHOP
Get unstuck. Move ahead of your competition. Learn how to get the most out of your practice time.
From Guy Gregg, Director of Bands - Oak Creek High School:
"We were extremely fortunate to be able to host Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen as guest artists for our High School Jazz Ensemble Concert. Jack and Jill are consummate professionals who brought an incredible breadth of experience, knowledge, musicality and kindness to our classroom. They related to students and told incredible stories of their own musical journeys. They came to rehearsals and collaborated seamlessly while performing with our students. Jill offered sensitive musicality and advice that students do not get from anyone other than a passionate professional. Jack's virtuosity exposed elements unknown to our students and opened their eyes to so many future possibilities. Above all, Jack and Jill are class acts and were shining role models for our students on how to treat each other and our music."