Advanced Brazilian Guitar Styles
A study and performance of the Brazilian guitar tradition. This course will look into the solo style of Baden Powell, teach some of the chorihnos, and continue to expand upon the repertoire of Antônio Carlos Jobim and more contemporary Brazilian composers.
Performance lab for guitar principals focusing on development of advanced reading skills. Each session will be thorough and challenging. Individual solos as well as group arrangements will be played.
Advanced Guitar Performance Lab
For advanced guitar principals, continued development of skills and techniques with emphasis on reading and group performance.
Building Guitar Technique through Triads
This lab uses the original George Van Eps method for guitar. The student is rigorously involved in developing a triad-oriented approach to the finger board. Topics covered include harmonized scales and scale patterns, melodized triads, and free improvisations. Strong emphasis on correct technique for both right and left hands.
Polyrhythms for Guitar 2
This is a continuation of ILGT-269 (rhythmic displacement in comping and soloing by the use of polyrhythms and polymeters).
The Linear Style of Pat Martino: Approaches to Jazz Improvisation
Instrumental lab for guitar principals emphasizing performance in the style of Pat Martino. Study of études and line studies as preparation for performing transcribed solos. Application of linear concepts to improvisation.
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.