Jazz Composition & Arranging Lessons


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Frost School of Music
University of Miami

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Each lesson is then viewed on its own dedicated page with additional written text clearly explaining the lesson objectives, review items for focused practice, and recommendations for other lessons related to that particular subject. Plus you will also be able to download helpful learning materials like PDF sheet music and/or MP3 play-along recordings (when applicable) which are created by Darren as a visual/aural enhancement for easier and faster comprehension for that specific lesson topic. Click to View Sample PDF

Transcribing & Arranging Horn Parts from “Josie” by Steely Dan
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Intro to Voicings & Note Substitutions

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