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He gave me so many ideas.

Interview by author, Boston, MA, 12 February Kordis 27 As mentioned earlier, Banacos used funny cartoons and jokes to convey the lesson. The first lesson Banacos assigned to students is Kordis 29 based on a mixture of the Eb and F major triads over the F7 chord: And he could keep a secret.

We need your help! I think everything else came from doing the work. His mother just took a back seat, she was totally cool, a sweet person, so sweet, so loving.

He was a wonderful teacher and person. Interview by author, email, 16 September He was always positive.

Charlie Banacos

I feel that the accuracy of my note choices in improvisation improved, partly as a result of having a clearer mental map of pitch relationships better “ears”, or better “aim”and partly from having more clearly associated specific sounds with specific finger movements through physical practice more specified tonal palette. Putting the advice in his own words: Kordis 3 the foundation on his playing and thinking about music.


Yet, he was very abnacos. Among the 35 interviewees, there were no students who studied exclusively composition.

Ragas and Sagars The Ragas and Sagars exercise aims to help stabilize intonation and to explore aurally, orally, and visually all of the possible interval combinations in equal temperament within the compass of a third. His teaching was all about jazz, improvisation, and understanding harmony.

When improvising, my phrases would cross over the barline, which became a point of reference instead of a point that melodic ideas begin and end, so my phrases would start and finish on various beats.

Sprays is performed by creating a chart table that consists of random notes.

Interview by author, email, 19 June Cjarlie lines consist of chord tones and tensions in a shape that Banacos delineated with arrows pointing up and down. Somewhat like a respected father figure or friendly military drill sergeant, the profound effect that he had on me was unparalleled.

“Top speed and in all keys” : Charlie Banacos’s pedagogy of jazz improvisation / by Lefteris Kordis

books Last, but not least, I am much grateful to my parents Yorgos and Pagona for their continuous support. Minor 7 Chord He was a very caring, honest, and warm person. I will forever be indebted to him for helping me in the ways that he did. Knowing him for three years, I am firmly convinced that it was not his intention to have his exercises published because it would be charoie the character and essence of his pedagogy.


Size px x x x x He had so much integrity, sensitivity, and compassion. I feel he was a guru. Oscar said something like “Well, I can’t show you here, there’s no chalie. Joe Hubbard, interview by author, email, 2 March Moreover, Banacos asked him to play the first note of each chord using a different finger 34 35 Catherine Bent, interview by author, audio, Jamaica Plain, MA, 3 February Eventually the exercise extends up to eleven notes played simultaneously.