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[31] 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

[32] 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

[29] 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

[30] 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

[27] SUMMERTIME!

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

[25] Heartbeat

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

[26] Sequences

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

[23] Rock Me Baby with Break (1 Bar Blues)

Tue. June 9, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[24] Califypso

Thu. June 11, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[21] 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”:
A-C-D…   
A-C-D…     
A-C-D…   
E…….

Then we played the form together with a kerfuffle ending:

  1. Intro: Slow rubato, bend-focused, physicalize 
  2. Set up bassline (and physicalize it)
  3. Add a melody (i.e. a “head”) on top of the bassline
  4. Improvise over the changes (i.e the 8 bar ‘Fever’ form)
  5. Play the “out-head” melody
  6. Add a kerfuffle ending, with a gliss and a ‘button’ at the end (an emphasised note) – it’s a low A note.

[22]  C-F-C-G From Mellow to Calypso with embellished melody

Thu. June 4, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[19] Extending chords (I, vi, ii, etc.) &
Alterating the Dominant

Tue. May 26, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[20] 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.

[17] 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

[18] 5/4 Meter in E minor
Getting the Feel & Improvising

Thu. May 21, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[15] 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

[16] 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.

[11] “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.

[12] “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.

[09] Blues Workout in D Dorian: 12 Bars Alternating Bass, Comping & Pentatonic Melody

Tue. Apr. 21, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[10] G Blues Groove Workout – Bass-Comp-Melody

Thu. Apr. 23, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[07] Amin-to-Dmin Bassline Groove

Tue. Apr. 14, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[08] 1-4-1-5 Funky Groove Playalong in C

Thu. Apr. 16, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[05] D min > A min Vamp

Tue. Apr. 7, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[06] Califypso

Thu. Apr. 9, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[03] “Minor Blues” Call & Response 

Tue. Mar. 31, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[04] “2514736” Bossa

Thu. Apr. 2, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[01] “2516” Call & Response Vamp

Tue. Mar. 24, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT

[02] “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

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