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 Low Stress No Wrong Note Gliss Improv
ln which we create a gliss by raising the G & D Levers and then toggle the C lever to get an alternating gliss we can improvise freely with
Tue. July 14, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Power Progression: 2-5-1 in the full progression 2-5-1-6 2-5-1-1
In which we learn to build the power progression that will help us modulate from any key to any other key
Thu. July 16, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Build-a-Song: Sun Shiny Day
In which we create a song – and an arrangement of that song using an intro, melody, instrumental improv and ending. Watch it to see how we built it and what arrangement we finally used.
Tue. June 30, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Build a Song: Sail Me Away!
In which we create a song – and an arrangement of that song using an intro, melody, instrumental improv and ending. We started with two ideas: 1. Learn a Power Chord and 2. Create a song.
Watch it to see how we built it and what arrangement we finally used.
Thu. July 2, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
[28 A] ZOOM GAMES!
At the request of Somerset Harp Festival, we created a fun introduction to how to use Zoom, and then followed it with some Zoom Video Games.
Thu. June 25 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
[28 B] How to Build a Solo Line
We reviewed the ‘ingredients’ for an improv ‘solo’ line and then had fun ‘shaping’ those into an arc.
Tue. June 25, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
We learned how to play and sing “Summertime” – it took a few tries to find the right chords! We learned it’s a 16-Bar Blues – and not a 12-Bar Blues!
Tue. June 23, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
We took one chord (Dm7) and focused on the heartbeat of the rhythm when we play it as a slap bass, a comping chord or melodically.
Tue. June 16, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
How the same 3 notes used in sequences can be very different with different grooves like Rock Me Baby and the Nightingale
Thu. June 18, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Rock Me Baby with Break (1 Bar Blues)
Tue. June 9, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
Thu. June 11, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Fever-Like Groove
in a complete form
Tue. June 2, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
Click to see a description of the form we played
I asked what people wanted to work on and people responded: physicality, the song “Fever”, learning a cool ‘intro’ riff so I created:
Riffs that can be used slowly, rubato as an intro – and how to physicalize them.
The bass-riff that underlies “Fever”:
Then we played the form together with a kerfuffle ending:
- Intro: Slow rubato, bend-focused, physicalize
- Set up bassline (and physicalize it)
- Add a melody (i.e. a “head”) on top of the bassline
- Improvise over the changes (i.e the 8 bar ‘Fever’ form)
- Play the “out-head” melody
- Add a kerfuffle ending, with a gliss and a ‘button’ at the end (an emphasised note) – it’s a low A note.
 C-F-C-G From Mellow to Calypso with embellished melody
Thu. June 4, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Extending chords (I, vi, ii, etc.) &
Alterating the Dominant
Tue. May 26, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 A Min Samba
with D7-E7 Release
Thu. May 28, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
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- First we learned the basic vamp structure (Am – Am/G# – Am/G – Am/G#)
- Then we added a samba feel and a ‘release’ section (||: D7 – E7 :||) with a count-in to get back to the vamp. And a kerfuffle at the end.
- We did call-and-response during the vamp section, over the looped accompaniment. For the release sections, I comped for everyone.
 Nightingale vs Blues
How to improvise melodies in two different forms & styles using the same improvisational concept
Tue. May 19, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 5/4 Meter in E minor
Getting the Feel & Improvising
Thu. May 21, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Stride Left Hand (Bass & Comp in one hand) with Melodic Noodling – in a meditative style, and then more upbeat
Tue. May 12, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Blues in D Dorian with Call & Response Melodies (to a pre-recorded groove)
Thu. May 14, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
[13/14] Blues in D Workout
(We lost either #14 or #14 – we don’t know which)
Tue. May 5 OR Thu. May 7, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
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We jumped right into this Blues Workout, building the roles (bass, accompaniment & melody) as we go, using the 1,5 & 7 of each chord to create basslines, accompaniment and a pentatonic scale. Then we played the workout over and over shifting between roles, and adding note-bends as we got to the melody workouts.
 “Stride Bass Meets Satie”
Tue. Apr. 28, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
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Heather asked for a way to practice the stride bass so I came up with a simple two-chord pattern that we could practice with — one that can be used in a meditative improv, or a more rhythmic improv.
 “Baroque Flamenco Simple-Form Improv & Workout”
Thu. Apr. 30, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
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To get our energy up today, we learned a simplified version of the basic “Baroque Flamenco” form, and how to shift between the two sections, then did a playing workout playing through it.
 Blues Workout in D Dorian: 12 Bars Alternating Bass, Comping & Pentatonic Melody
Tue. Apr. 21, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 G Blues Groove Workout – Bass-Comp-Melody
Thu. Apr. 23, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Amin-to-Dmin Bassline Groove
Tue. Apr. 14, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 1-4-1-5 Funky Groove Playalong in C
Thu. Apr. 16, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 D min > A min Vamp
Tue. Apr. 7, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
Thu. Apr. 9, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “Minor Blues” Call & Response
Tue. Mar. 31, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “2514736” Bossa
Thu. Apr. 2, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “2516” Call & Response Vamp
Tue. Mar. 24, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “2516” Modulating (C&G)
Thu. Mar. 26, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
Open Me for Some Important Notes
After this session, we all realized that the session would have been easier if everyone had the following little map
1. PLAY the 2516-2511* Progression in the Key of C for 8 Bars: Dm G C Am – Dm G C C
2. “Transition” in the relative minor while changing your levers or pedals (change F’s to F#’s) for 8 bars: Am
3. PLAY Ithe 2516-2511* Progression in the Key of G for 8 Bars: Am D G Em – Am D G G
4. “Transition” in the relative minor while changing your levers (change F#’s to F’s) for 8 bars: Em
Rinse & Repeat (but don’t actually rinse)
We realize that we’d like to have a more gracious transition in future sessions but everyone liked knowing that you can modulate into a new key using the “two-five-one”
*in official musical writing this would probably look more like this: ii V I vi – ii V I I