PlayTheGroove

Key Explanations:

Degree of Challenge (DofC):

Highest Melody Note : Ab5

Degree of Challenge

Highest Melody Note

Smooth Talkin’

Artist Name: Present Tense
Genre: Jazz
Style: Groove Jazz

Degree of Challenge (DofC):

Challenge Avg. : 2.5

Melody : 2.5

Harmony : 2.5

Rhythm : 2.5

Key : C min

Highest Melody Note : Ab5

Smooth Talkin’

Artist Name : Present Tense

Genre : Jazz

Style : Groove Jazz

Sample Parts and Guidelines

Degree of Challenge (DofC):

Challenge Avg. : 2.5
 
Melody : 2.5
 

Harmony : 2.5

Rhythm : 2.5

Key : C min

Highest Melody Note : Ab5

“Smooth Talkin” is a fun and engaging challenge at any level from middle school to advanced and beyond. This two-section composition creatures a rhythm section that conveys a bounce and energy without too many notes or technical challenges. A clear and rhythmic melody gives way to a solo section with solid chord changes to play for learning and for just plain fun! Eric Marienthal’s solo will give students a clinic on how to improvise in the “pocket,” as well as how to cleverly develop motivic ideas. It’s a rock/funk/R&B spirited groove with unlimited possibilities for emerging soloists.

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