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Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMIntro to Voicings & Note Substitutions

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMArranging for 3 Horns

Transcribing & Arranging Horn Parts from “Josie” by Steely Dan
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Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMIdeas for Composing

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMArranging for 4 Horns

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMTritone Substitutions

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMQuick Easy Tips for Using Finale

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMCreating a Lead Sheet

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMHow to Notate Drum Charts

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMReharmonizing a Jazz Standard

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMExpanding a Small Group Chart for Big Band

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.51.47 PMEffective Techniques for Rehearsing your Own Chart