We are often asked what do I need to be able to attend the Yosemite Jazz Workshop. Hopefully these explanations will help.
WHAT YOU NEED
To learn the songs by memory for your group level
To play in time
To comp chords the chords of the songs in your group level
To play melody of the songs in your group level in single notes
To have an open mind to learning new ideas
A positive attitude about improving your playing
WHAT YOU DON’T NEED
To be able to play chord melody or octave of songs
To know variations of the chord changes of the songs
To be an accomplished improviser but if you are that’s great
An attitude that you're not good enough to be here
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW TO GET READY
Memorize the melody and chord changes
Work on your single note technique and chord comping
Listen to the songs that we will be working on by a variety of artists
Study Rich’s lessons for the songs (or Todd’s for bass players)
Practice with a metronome
Study improvising strategies
THE COMMON THREAD BETWEEN ATTENDEES AT ALL LEVELS IS THAT THEY COME TO WORKSHOP TO:
Improve their playing
Learn new ideas and concepts
Jam with others
Hear the teachers and other attendees play
Be encouraged and inspired
Make new guitar playing friends
WHERE DO YOU BELONG? At the workshop we divide the group into 3 teams
Team C: New to jazz or struggling to play through songs? Let’s get down to business and start playing like a jazz player.
Team B: Can play through 12+ jazz/standard style songs but need to work on improv soloing, chord comping and substitutions.
Team A: Can play through 25+ jazz/standard style songs and improvise through chord changes. Looking for new ideas, techniques and strategies.
For more details about songs and levels go to http://www.guitarcollege.net/workshopsongs.html.
If you have more questions feel free to call Rich at 559-642-2597 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make your reservation today!