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Nubya Garcia – “My Process”

Nubya Garcia is one of the most prominent young players and contributors in the current London and worldwide Jazz scene. In this video she shares with us her process of how to compose for both her own instrument and her ensemble too.

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SUBJECT: Nubya Garcia is one of the most prominent young players and contributors in the current London and worldwide Jazz scene. In this video she shares with us her process of how to compose for both her own instrument and her ensemble too.

The Video is broken into five sections:

  1. Chord Structure
  2. Exploring Melody
  3. Repeat and Practice
  4. Structure and Arrangement
  5. Inspiration and Creativity

Age/Skill-Level Recommendation: Intended for intermediate to advanced level students, ages 15 and up.

Topics Discussed: Songwriting, Composition, Chord Structure, Melody, Saxophone, Piano, Bandleading.

Recommended Use: We recommend this video be used for intermediate to advanced jazz students who have a fundamental understanding of jazz music and are interested in learning more about songwriting. Nubya breaks down how she wrote one of her songs and shares advice for other songwriters about how to create your own unique sound.

Discussion Questions

  • What does Nubya mean by “trust your ear”?
  • What does Nubya mean by “get your ego out of it”?
  • How does “ego” relate to songwriting?
  • Describe Nubya’s songwriting process.
  • Where does Nubya find her inspiration?

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