Wes Montgomery Lab
Study and performance of the guitar playing style of Wes Montgomery through recordings and transcribed solos featuring Montgomery's own fingerings, phrasing, etc. Focus on the artist's blues and swing feel, spontaneous improvisation, and individuality.
Show/Theater Guitar Lab
Performance and study of guitar books from Broadway shows, night clubs, and recording sessions.
Contemporary Sight-Reading Skills for Guitarists
A sight-reading class for guitarists utilizing modern music in funk and jazz styles. The class will be based on a working guitarist's skills necessary to function in practical playing situations. Drills will utilize play-along recordings where class members will have to add parts on the spot. Guitar ensemble material will also be used to gain ensemble, phrasing, and intonation skills, as well as big band charts reading lines, comping chords, and improvising.
Introduction to Timpani
Emphasis on intervallic recognition, setting the pitch, tone concepts, rolls, dynamics, and sticking. Performance of two timpani études.
Concert Snare Drum Techniques
Technique, interpretation, and practical use of the snare drum in a solo context.
Advanced Drum Rudiments 1
A study of the 26 American rudiments, the Swiss rudiments, and their variations. Application of rudimental vocabulary to successful performance of solo études, including Wilcoxon's Modern Swing Solos.
Drum Set Basics
Development of fundamental snare drum studies including grip, sticking, sticking patterns, rhythmic studies, reading, and rudimental studies. Drum set grooves and techniques will be introduced as well.
Jazz Drum Set Fundamentals
Continued orchestral and rudimental snare drum studies along with drum set time and improvisational skills utilizing 12- and 32-measure tune forms primarily in the jazz context, including the use of brushes.
Snare Drum Techniques for the Drum Set Principal
Study of snare drum performance techniques and reading of constant odd meters, changing meters, polyrhythms over one and two beats, and metric modulation.
Introduction to Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Drum Set
Development of fluency and effectiveness with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms applied to drum set with an emphasis on form. Continued brush, orchestral, and rudimental snare drum studies.
Drum Set Chart Interpretation
Intermediate-to-advanced drum set chart reading and improvisation studies, notation, and repertoire. Continued orchestral and rudimental snare drum studies.
This lab emphasizes techniques related to traditional wire brushes and heavier specialty brushes, including conventional sweeping and figure patterns, individualized patterns, distribution of rhythm between both hands, reverse functioning in the hands, and techniques related to jazz and bossa nova styles. Repertoire study and brush stylists including Philly Joe Jones, Vernell Fournier, and Ed Thigpen will be investigated.