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Pat Metheny: Techniques in Improvisation

Pat Metheny: Techniques in Improvisation

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Title: Pat Metheny: Techniques in Improvisation
Author: Thomson, Noel Earsdon
Abstract: This thesis illustrates Pat Metheny’s formulaic system within a unique three-tier approach that divides formulaic information into a connected system of categories, species, and components. Using four transcribed improvisations as source material, Metheny’s formulaic system is defined with consideration for both analytical and pedagogical insight, with the aim of demonstrating the practical application of formulaic concepts. This formulaic system is highly nuanced and comprises a large portion of this study. Metheny’s process of forming is covered, and prototypical and contemporary approaches to jazz improvisational analysis are discussed. Metheny’s elements of style are examined, including formulaic, melodic, structural and motivic forms that contribute toward overall musical coherence.
Subject: Music
Music education
Pedagogy
Keywords: Pat Metheny
Formulas
Formulaic
Improvisation
Music Education
Jazz Pedagogy
Musicology
Jazz Analysis
Process of Forming
Ethnomusicology
Modern Jazz
Transcriptions
Formulaic Phrases
Formulaic System
Formulaic Categories
Formulaic Species
Jazz Discourse
Reductive
Processual
Cognition
Elements of Style
Enclosure
Passing Tone
Chromaticism
Dominant Cadence
Pentatonic
Motivic
Reharmonization
Question and Answer
Day Trip
Solar
Old Folks
Son of Thirteen
Snova
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30087
Supervisor: Bliek, Rob Van Der
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Music
Exam date: 2014-11-19
Publish on: 2015-08-28

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