Jazzschool-Online Young Musicians Program NotesScheduling for all Young Musicians Program classes is TBD, based on student scheduling preferences submitted with the application form following each class description. Classes begin the week of September 21st, 2020 and meet for 90 minutes once a week for 10 weeks, with a break for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Jazzschool-Online Technical NotesAll Jazzschool-Online classes meet online via Zoom. Technical requirements include: computer, tablet or phone with a reliable internet connection. Computer (laptop or desktop) is preferred, but a tablet or phone is also possible, with somewhat limited functionality. Optional for improved sound quality: external microphone, either connected via USB or XLR cable to audio interface. For a budget USB mic option, we recommend the Samson Go, currently retailing for around $50 new. Additional technical requirements are listed for specific classes below.
10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEPTEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 6 / ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC
Funk GuitarLearn to sit deep in the pocket as we explore classic guitar patterns from the music of James Brown, Prince, modern gospel and many more. Along the way we will tackle technical considerations and sprinkle in some theory, but job number one is to make it feel right rhythmically! Jon Monahan, $395
Gospel GuitarTo listen to modern players like Isaiah Sharkey and Jubu Smith is to hear most of what is possible on guitar, along with some things that might not be possible! Under the virtuosity is a firm foundation of classic soul, drawing on the styles of Ernie Isley, Curtis Mayfield, and lesser known church players. We’ll learn chord melodies to some classics from the genre, and explore songs from musicians who have felt its influence, including Prince, D’angelo, and PJ Morton.Jon Monahan, $395
Make It SingExamine highly musical ideas often overlooked on the guitar. We’ll take concepts like contrary motion, appoggiaturas, adapting stacked vocal harmonies and more, finding fresh-sounding but comfortable ways to play them. Heavy emphasis on chord melodies from Wes Montgomery, Baden Powell and other masters.Jon Monahan, $395
Solo GuitarFor a guitarist, learning to play solo is one of the best ways to learn tunes, work on your time, your feel, your comping, and your soloing all in one. We’ll learn to play solo arrangements by guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, explore ways to comp for ourselves while playing melodies, and we’ll create our own arrangements of jazz standards. Learning the fundamentals of solo guitar, guitarists will become more confident being in charge of the feel, harmony and melodies they play. Sam Klein-Markman, $395
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