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Welcome to the website of Steinway Artist Ben Paterson.  Here you can find News, Photos, Videos, as well as information about Lessons and Upcoming Shows.  Hope you enjoy the site!  Sign up for my mailing list to receive performance updates, news, and links to upcoming Live Stream shows.  Hope to see you online or in person somewhere soon. Best wishes to you all.

New Course Available!

I'm excited to announce that my latest course on Enclosures and Approach Notes is now available for download. It contains 3 hours of video instruction on how to build your own melodic and compelling solos without memorizing endless scales or modes.  Enclosures like these are how I first learned to improvise, and I still use ideas from this system in every solo that I play.  Click on the Courses tab for more information, or check out the YouTube video below for a preview.

Improv 101 - Enclosures And Approach Notes
  • Improv 101 - Enclosures And Approach Notes

Improv 101 - Enclosures And Approach Notes

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In this 3 hour video course, Ben presents a system of improvisation based on chord tone enclosures and approach notes. Using ideas of tension and release, this system provides a method of honestly and effectively dealing with all the main chord types we come across in Jazz, demonstrating in detail how to create melodic and compelling solos without

In this 3 hour video course, Ben presents a system of improvisation based on chord tone enclosures and approach notes. Using ideas of tension and release, this system provides a method of honestly and effectively dealing with all the main chord types we come across in Jazz, demonstrating in detail how to create melodic and compelling solos without memorizing endless scales or modes. Complete with full chorus examples of solos over popular Jazz progressions, Ben takes you through the use of these approach-note ideas step-by-step, detailing his thought process at every point, and demonstrating how you can construct hip and varied melodic lines of your own, all for less than the cost of one lesson. 'Enclosures like these are how I first learned to improvise back when I was first taking Jazz lessons in high school, and I still used ideas, phrases and concepts from this system in every single solo that I play.' - Ben

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I also want to encourage you to visit my Patreon page.  I post extra videos from gigs, behind the scenes content, and I also do a video series called 'Performance and Analysis.'  Each week I take a classic Jazz or Blues standard, play a couple choruses, and then go through and examine some of the key harmonic and improvisational concepts

It's great for those of you who want to take a deeper dive into the music.  Below is a quick excerpt from my look at All The Things You Are.  If you're interested, visit me on Patreon at: www.patreon.com/benpatersonmusic

 

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