Received quite a few enquiries about the improvisation class so here’s a typical list of FAQs to help you all understand what this is all about.
Is this a group course?
What’s the structure of each lesson?
Every lesson will be divided into one half of ‘theory’ where we study different aspects of chords, and scales. These are prerequisites for improvisation since 80% of the time, improvisation is based on chords. The format for this section is almost small classroom-like.
The other half is when we play as an ensemble (band). Using what we learnt in the first part of the class, we will all take turns to improvise and in the process ‘learn from each other’ picking up the good and bad characteristics of improvisation.
Who would benefit from this?
- People who can only play chords
- Classically trained musicians who want to get to the ‘dark side’
- Church musicians who want to improve
- Those who want to start improvising
- Music teachers who want to gain some extra knowledge
I’m play drums/percussion. Would I be able to learn anything from this?
Yes! Chords/scales theory is just one part of improvisation. The different aspects like solo building, form, time, motifs, color, comping, accompanying etc will be addressed during the ensemble part of this class. Come & find out.
Unfortunately we can only accommodate ONE DRUMMER (and ONE BASSIST) so sign up quick!
Is performing experience crucial?
What is the playing/singing proficiency level needed?
As you can see, one has to be somewhat proficient on their instrument but it does cater to beginners too. A better player will of course improvise better, but we all have to start somewhere, don’t we?
Can one come for only one or two lessons?
No. It has been designed to last for six weeks, covering a different subject matter each week. That’s why we’re charging for the whole course and not ‘per lesson’.
What if I can’t make every class?
You’d be strongly advised to catch up on the theory and homework. We will provide you with the materials that you missed but you’d be missing the ‘practical’ ensemble section which a crucial part of the week’s development.
What? There’s homework?
Yes. And assignments too.
Will I be able to improvise after this course?
Yes. Certainly better then you can now!
Is the class time fixed?
Time still not fixed in stone. We want to try to get the group together and see what’s best for everybody.
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