UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

ALL SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS ARE HELD AT THE SF MUSICIANS' UNION HALL
116 Ninth St. (& Mission)
SF, CA




Jazz Guitar Playing Workshops in November:

1. How to play over "All The Things You Are" Saturday November 6, from 2-4pm

2. How to play over "There Will Never Be Another You" Saturday November 20, from 2-4pm

SF Musicians' Union 116 Ninth Street (& Mission)

see all details below:

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How to play over "All The Things You Are" Saturday, November 6, from 2-4pm

This session will be a playing workshop: I will demonstrate and guide you through some exercises, and we will then all play together and improvise over the tune. We will take turns soloing and playing chords for each other, as well as improvise over some play-along tracks.

I will present some easy to apply strategies that will help you to actually play the changes. Those include some basic patterns, arpeggios, chord tones, guide-tones, simple lines, etc…

You will be given hand-outs illustrating all of the exercises covered in class, and a practice CD with play-along tracks so that you can practice at home.

This class is for intermediate guitarists. A knowledge of basic music Theory will be helpful-- but not completely necessary, as we will review those points that apply directly to the seminar. Whether you are already a Jazz guitarist, a Rock/Blues player who wants to add a Jazz flavor to their style, or a Jam band improviser, you will benefit greatly from this information-packed session.

This group-class will be on Saturday, November 6th, from 2-4pm at the Musicians' Union Building located on 9th Street & Mission Street in San Francisco. It is easily accessed by public transportation and is close to Civic Center BART/MUNI station.

Price is: $40 per student (to be paid in advance). This fee will be non-refundable 3 days before the seminar. If you take both November workshops, the total price will be $70.

You will need to bring a guitar (acoustic is OK) and a small amp if you have an electric. Check in with me on the amp situation as I will have a couple of extra amps available.

Contact me at 415/648-6992 to sign-up or e-mail for questions.

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How to play over "There Will Never Be Another You" Saturday, November 20, from 2-4pm

This session will be a playing workshop: I will demonstrate and guide you through some exercises, and we will then all play together and improvise over the tune. We will take turns soloing and playing chords for each other, as well as improvise over some play-along tracks.

I will present some easy to apply strategies that will help you to actually play the changes. Those include some basic patterns, arpeggios, chord tones, guide-tones, simple lines, etc…

You will be given hand-outs illustrating all of the exercises covered in class, and a practice CD with play-along tracks so that you can practice at home.

This class is for intermediate guitarists. A knowledge of basic music Theory will be helpful-- but not completely necessary, as we will review those points that apply directly to the seminar. Whether you are already a Jazz guitarist, a Rock/Blues player who wants to add a Jazz flavor to their style, or a Jam band improviser, you will benefit greatly from this information-packed session.

This group-class will be on Saturday, November 20th, from 2-4pm at the Musicians' Union Building located on 9th Street & Mission Street in San Francisco. It is easily accessed by public transportation and is close to Civic Center BART/MUNI station.

Price is: $40 per student (to be paid in advance). This fee will be non-refundable 3 days before the seminar. If you take both November workshops, the total price will be $70.

You will need to bring a guitar (acoustic is OK) and a small amp if you have an electric. Check in with me on the amp situation as I will have a couple of extra amps available.

Contact me at 415/648-6992 to sign-up or e-mail for questions.

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The next Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Guitarists will be on January 26, 2008.

The idea is to have a solid, professional rhythm section (a drummer and a bass player) backing us up in Trio and/or Quartet situations. This will give the participants an opportunity to play with supportive, experienced musicians.

Here's the story: I hire a drummer and an upright bass player for the afternoon. Those guys are all busy professional musicians who play with me and with various other bands throughout the bay area. It means that the students get constructive criticism not just from me, but also from the bass player and from the drummer. Each one has valuable comments to offer, and it has always made the experience worthwhile for all the students who have attended in the past. I tend to get different musicians helping me for each workshop, so that the points of view get varied.

I hope you realize that this is a very special kind of workshop: having 3 professional musicians play with you and share their experience! The only other way for a student to play with such musicians would be to gather the nerve to go to a public jam session-- but there is no time in such a context to get things worked out. Most other workshops will have you play along with student drummers, student bass players, etc... and you have to deal with everybody's limited experience.

Some of you often tell me: "oh, but I'm not experienced enough to participate in one of those". Well, this is exactly why we are having those workshops: so that you might gain more experience playing with other musicians!

I also would like to emphasize the fact that our workshops are a *friendly & safe environment* unlike the situations encountered at most jam sessions in bars or clubs... no one will make fun of you, cuss at you, yell at you, or throw a cymbal or a drumstick at you!!!

Everyone just picks 3 or 4 tunes that they feel comfortable with and that they would like to play with the band-- in Trio or Quartet format (if you want me playing chords for you) and we will take it from there.

We will work on soloing, comping, and trading fours/eights with the rhythm section-- basically covering all aspects of playing in a group situation.

Some of the questions addressed will be:

- How do I comp for another instrument when the bass lines are already taken care of?

- How do I comp for the bass player?

- How do I present the melody when there are no other chord-players behing me?

- How do we end the tune?

It will also give you a chance to meet other guitar players.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to sign up for the next workshop: THERE WILL ONLY BE ROOM FOR 4 GUITAR STUDENTS so that each one gets enough time to play and work out their tunes with the rhythm section!!!

Keep in mind that even when there are 4 students in the room, everybody benefits from all the comments and general critique. The topics addressed are generally for everybody's perspective, and not exclusively for the student who just played.

Price is: $75 per student (to be paid in advance). This fee will be non-refundable 3 days before the workshop.

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