The Power of Pentatonics

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8 pm 9/20 - 11/29 (10 weeks) no class 11/22

The Power of Pentatonics
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Piano and Keys, Theory and Improvisation
Day Wed
Instructor Frank Martin
Status inperson event

Pentatonic scales can be put to use in a wide range of contemporary musical settings. In this hands-on course, pianists develop familiarity and practical knowledge of various pentatonic scales and modes for use in improvisation and composition. Pentatonic scales derived from major and the various minor scale forms are discussed, in addition to “mutated” pentatonics and those found in various styles of world music.

Prerequisites: knowledge of major and minor scales and basic jazz theory.

About Frank Martin 

Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz