Creating Tune Variations – The First Step to Improvising (see bottom of the page for skill level)
Workshop Description -
I hate when people say that there’s no improvising in old-time music; there is, it's just more subtle and melody-based than what goes on in bluegrass – it tends to be about phrasing as opposed to scales or licks - saying the same thing in a slightly different way.
"I’ve been working on playing by ear and adaptIng my repertoire for a variety of situations including playing solo, in duets, and also at jam sessions. This workshop helped me on so many levels and gave me the confidence and the skills to tackle any new tune I want to learn, and how to more fully express myself with the tunes I already know. Chris is an awesome teacher who presents things in a well-organized way with lots of supporting materials... I highly recommend this workshop!"
- Colin Field
"The Variations lesson is packed with challenging goodness. Chris has a reasoned, thoughtful approach - very clear and well laid out. When I return to the material, I keep finding nuggets of helpful wisdom. Thanks!"
- Chris Hunt
Skill Level - From my experience at the camps I've taught at, I'd call this workshop Intermediate/Advanced. As far as technical skill, if you can do the basic strum, double thumbing, and drop thumbing, there won't be anything shown that is beyond your scope. This isn't about showing you a complicated tune that you'll spend a month sweating over and memorizing - it's about looking at some concepts and a plan for their application to your music. Even my "advanced" teaching tends to be heavily focused on fundamentals (and, I'd like to think musicality). As I see it, there's a lot of people that, while able to play fairly complicated arrangements (often learned from tablature), don't really know how they got there, and can't expand on, or apply what they've learned to other things. I've had students who've felt that my "advanced" teaching is too simple. I definitely subscribe to the principle that "art is subtraction", so the longer I play, the simpler my playing gets...and that is reflected in my teaching style and it's content. It won't be for everyone, but I sure hope it works for you.
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