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Fall Class of Masters – “Hot Club Band” Part 2

September 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As Summer wanes and the first glimmers of Fall emerge, we love to dip our feet into the immersive world of Jazz in this two-part series. As a jazz club “house band,” we will learn to accompany a jazz standard or gypsy jazz tune for the Fall “Spooktacular Jam Recital” on October 9.

Musical concepts include: basic jazz theory including blues scales, modes, leading-tone diminished seventh chords and inversions, major/minor/dominant 7th chords, diminished and augmented triads, chord symbols, chord progressions, chord stacking, improvisation, counterpoint, sight singing, intervals, non-chord tones, ear training and music analysis.

“Fiddle Preacher Tribe Hot Club Band” is a gypsy jazz swing band, where we will learn typical chords and stylistic flavors of Django Reinhadrt, Stephane Grappelli, among others. This is jazz of the 1930’s and 40’s. Smooth, man.

About The Event

This dynamic and usually hilarious monthly group class is about accompaniment to songs and tunes. It is for all levels, all instruments, and all ages. Melodic instruments will learn to play notes in the chord structure that sound good behind a soloist, rather than being the soloist. Singers will learn how to improvise backup parts in harmony together based on the chord structure of the song or tune. Guitar and Keyboard players will expand their accompaniment chops to many different styles of music.

These skills are introduced in “theory” in music theory classes. But, Class of Masters is the only class that puts it in perfect context to practice together and have fun learning as a group.

Regular attendees may be selected to sit in as the “house band” for quarterly Jam Recitals. This can work with or without specific arrangements and rehearsals. The class is designed to prepare all students for impromptu back up parts.


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September 25, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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