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Anton Schwartz Workshops

Saturday June 3rd, 2017 – Two Workshops:

10:00am – 12:30pm – The Art of Ending a Song

The final moments of a song are crucial to the lasting impression it leaves. This workshop for both rhythm section players and soloists addresses all the practical elements of pulling it off in style. Topics may include: ritards, taking harmonic cues, playing over single and multiple fermatas, arranged endings, endings on the fly, nonverbal band communication. Bring your instruments.
Prerequisites: Experience performing songs and improvising.
Cost: $50, or sign up for the full day for $85

1:30pm – 4:00pm – The Minor Blues

An important variant of the ubiquitous Blues form, the Minor Blues is one of the most frequently recurring forms in jazz. If you’ve heard  Mr. P. C., Equinox, Birk’s Works or the Spider Man theme, you’re familiar with it. The instructor will present the form in a way that makes it easy to internalize, and give lots of practical advice about how to improvise over it. Students improvise (optional but encouraged) and are given feedback, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement. Student improvisations will serve as a springboard for discussions of the many harmonic possibilities.
Prerequisites: knowledge of the simple I-IV-V 12-bar blues form and basic jazz harmony.
Cost: $50, or sign up for the full day for $85