This lab offers an in-depth analysis of complex harmonic situations in the creation and performance of chord solos, involving mechanical voicings derived from chord scales and various reharmonization techniques.
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.
For advanced guitar principals, continued development of skills and techniques with emphasis on reading and group performance.
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.
This is a continuation of ILGT-269 (rhythmic displacement in comping and soloing by the use of polyrhythms and polymeters).
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.
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.
Performance and study of guitar books from Broadway shows, night clubs, and recording sessions.
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.
In this course students will learn various aspects of playing timpani, including grips, tone production concepts, interval recognition, sticking, rolls, and dynamics.
In this course students will study the 26 American rudiments, Swiss, and variations. Application of rudimental vocabulary will lead to successful performance of solo études, including those in Modern Swing Solos by Chas Wilcoxon.