2019 Seminars

CREATIVE FINGERSTYLE GUITAR (San Diego Session) w/ Christie Lenée and special guest Laurence Juber

Christie will share creative insights about the guitar including songwriting and composition approaches, opening up the guitar neck, right-hand fingerpicking patterns with creative examples, open tunings and variations, using harmonics and low drones, creating memorable guitar riffs, arranging acoustic pop songs for solo guitar, and an intro to percussive acoustic slapping/tapping. This class has been developed for guitarists/musicians of all levels. With a broad background in classical, jazz, folk, blues, rock, new age and modern pop music, Christie will share tactics in finding your own voice as a musician. The course will be focused on freeing yourself from traditional forms and on songwriting, performance and composition for executing your creativity. How do you break out of the box? How can you expand your palette of musical ideas? Come join Christie’s “Creative Fingerstyle Guitar” class for new perspectives. Together we’ll view the guitar as a broad, infinite pallet of musical possibilities. This course will also receive a visit from guest artist Laurence Juber!

Virtuoso Rock Guitar (Seattle Session)
with special guest Alex Skolnick

Intermediate to advanced players will love this course covering various rock styles as they will learn methods that will elevate their playing. Topics will include techniques such as harp and natural harmonics, sweep and economy picking, string skipping, and odd groupings using alternate picking. This course will include an extensive study on the use of chords and chord progressions in rock. Intervallic soloing concepts will be taught to give your solos melodic life. Other topics include scale/arpeggio application, modes made easy, and fretboard visualization. Students registered in this class will be blown away by a visit from one of the masters of rock, Alex Skolnick!

 

 

Modern Guitar – Improv and Beyond (Nashville Session)
with special guest John Scofield

Designed for the intermediate to advanced player who is looking to explore the modern and traditional styles of jazz. Players such as Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Allan Holdsworth have managed to develop their own unique styles while still sustaining traditional jazz roots in their music. From swing to the modern rhythmic styles of funk and fusion, this seminar will look at the necessary components of modern jazz. The course will break down the complexity and sophistication of improvising by discussing techniques, concepts and insights about how to build personal musicianship. With a strong emphasis on practical application, topics will include the development of chord-scale relationships, arpeggios, chord voicings, playing “outside the changes,” rhythmic phrasing, and much more. A modern jazz guitar legend, the incomparable John Scofield will pay a visit and work with students in this course.

The Versatile Guitarist (Toronto Session)
with special guests Mark Lettieri and Greg Koch

Designed for the aspiring guitarist who understands that success as a musician depends on versatility, this course will incorporate many styles including blues, rock, pop, jazz, and country! Topics include warm up exercises, chord and harmony structure, improvisation, phrasing, scales and modes, and arpeggios. Right and left hand techniques which are essential to play the various styles will be covered. Skills needed for both studio and live performance will be addressed as well as tricks for dialing in the right sounds and tones needed to play in various situations. Students registered for this course will enjoy visits from two of the most respected and versatile guitarists around, Greg Koch and Mark Letteiri. Don’t miss this special opportunity!

Blues Power (San Diego Session)
with special guest Matt Schofield

Want to get a fresh and thorough approach to expanding your fretboard vocabulary in all aspects of blues guitar improvisation and chordal nuances? Then this is your ticket to that goal. Explicit handouts during the week will pinpoint signature licks to play over all the common blues progressions you’ll encounter, along with specific chord patterns, turnarounds and rhythms you’ll need to have handy for group performing and jamming. Many of the topics will involve interactive playing in the classroom, inclusive of all the blues tributaries from Delta, Chicago, Texas and Jump Blues to other contemporary blues styles. A strong emphasis will be placed on developing a more expressive solo approach through various bending and vibrato techniques along with playing signature rhythm patterns that fit contextually to each blues idiom. Traditional and progressive blues artists will be discussed in exploring not only Pentatonic scale usage, but arpeggios, modes, target tones and double stops as other colorful solo options. Signature chord patterns to strengthen your rhythm guitar vocabulary over major and minor blues progressions and tunes will also be covered. This seminar will be joined by renowned blues guitarist Matt Schofield.

Tools for the Modern Drummer (Toronto Session) with special guest Paul DeLong

A balanced approach of learning the skills for the modern drummer for beginners through to advanced. All styles will be taught from Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Progressive and more. Through the study of these styles, students will develop skills in technique, groove, independence, improvisation, theory and reading. Topics include Rudiments, rolls, foot technique, 4 way independence, specific grooves, odd metre, polyrhythms, over the bar line phrases, linear stickings, metronome practicing, notation, reading drum charts, transcribing and much more. Students will also enjoy a visit from Paul DeLong. Drummers, you don’t want to miss out on this!

Exploration in Blues (Seattle Session)
with special guest Robben Ford

Guitarists at any level can gain a complete knowledge of blues and elevate their playing to a higher level through understanding of blues song structure, theory, techniques and history.  Knowledge of song structure allows quick tune memorization and effective improvisation.  Blues guitarists of the past have achieved admirable skill with little music theory knowledge, but today’s blues player can achieve greater heights through understanding blues harmonies and rhythms.  This seminar will alleviate confusion about the two primary tonalities of blues:  dominant and minor.  Techniques taught will include chords, rhythm techniques and soloing techniques, including scales (minor and major pentatonic, 10-note blues, modes, diminished, harmonic minor, melodic minor, phrygian dominant), arpeggios, diads (double stops) and triads, as well as tried and proven licks of the masters. One of the most revered guitarists in the blues world, Robben Ford, will visit with this class.

The Low Down (Nashville Session)
with Roy Vogt and special guest Billy Sheehan

Want to transform yourself into the best bassist you can be? Improve your playing, theory, knowledge and confidence with this one week intensive of all things Bass. Designed to help you get the most out of your bass, this course will help you walk better Jazz and Blues lines, effectively solo, understand how to use theory, reading music, technique studies and unlock the playing styles of masters like Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Stu Hamm, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius and Billy Sheehan.  Whether it’s jazz walking, funk grooving, slap, tap, or just good ol’ hard rocking bass, you’ll experience a boost in your playing. The Low Down will transform your Bass-ic Life! Bass legend Billy Sheehan will spend time with this class!

Rockin’ The Blues (Toronto Session)
with special guest Gary Hoey

This seminar is designed to focus on rock that wears it’s blues influence on it’s sleeve. We’ll be looking at some guitar players and bands that took what they learned from the original blues artists, and forged a new style of rock. Using different tones and rhythms, but always with a nod to the past, some of the most memorable songs were created in this style. From the Allmans to Zep, you can hear how the sounds of the Delta were transformed into a powerful “new” sound that can still be heard influencing bands and players today. An in depth look at how to use major and minor pentatonic scales, the “blues” and “mixolydian” scales, string bending, hammer-on and pull-off techniques, double stops, fresh chord ideas, slide licks, wah-wah tricks and much more will be covered. This course is a must-take for any serious player who’s looking for fresh ideas to impress musicians and audiences alike by blending rock and blues styles together in their playing. Students taking this course will also enjoy working with great rock/blues player, Gary Hoey.