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Christiaan van Hemert: Right Hand Picking Technique
Sep
19
2:00 PM14:00

Christiaan van Hemert: Right Hand Picking Technique

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The first part of this workshop will deal with understanding and developing correct, efficient, and precise right hand technique. Christiaan will explain the mechanics of good right hand picking technique: posture, muscle use, precise movements, and tensions in the hands and body. During the second part, he’ll dive into left hand techniques like vibrato, hammer-ons, pull-offs, position changes, and speed.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Michael Horowitz: Gypsy Picking – Right Hand Technique
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Michael Horowitz: Gypsy Picking – Right Hand Technique

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Right hand picking technique is one of the most demanding aspects of playing Gypsy jazz. This workshop will teach you the rest-stroke picking technique used by Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Biréli Lagrène, and nearly every other Gypsy jazz guitarist. Learning to play with rest-strokes will give you the “Gypsy sound” by dramatically improving your volume, speed, and tone. To help put the rest-stroke technique in context, students will learn several of the most commonly used Gypsy phrases, arpeggios, and chromatic runs, which do not appear in Michael’s book “Gypsy Picking.” Students will also learn basic principles of efficient left hand fingerings which, when used in conjunction with the rest-stroke picking technique, allow one to play with improved speed and articulation. These examples will be included in handouts written in both standard notation and tablature.

Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store DjangoBooks.com and is the author of the books “Gypsy Picking,” “Gypsy Rhythm,” and “Unaccompanied Django.”

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Greg Ruby: The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Licks, Solos, and Repertoire
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Greg Ruby: The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Licks, Solos, and Repertoire

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Oscar Alemán’s inimitable style of swing guitar playing reaches back to the earliest days of Hot Club jazz. Before Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli recorded their first notes as the Quintette of Hot Club of France, Alemán was already an in-demand guitarist on the 1930’s Parisian jazz scene—leading Josephine Baker’s backing band, performing with ex-patriot American jazz musicians, and even receiving an offer to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Without question, Ellington was correct when he remarked about Alemán, “this cat has roots.”

While much attention has been given to learn Django’s style, this workshop will demystify and make accessible Oscar’s unique approach to music. In Licks, Solos, and Repertoire, expect to learn some classic Oscar licks, examine an Oscar improvised solo, and add some of his songs to your repertoire.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Christiaan van Hemert: The van Hemert System Applied to Standards
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Christiaan van Hemert: The van Hemert System Applied to Standards

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In this workshop, Chriatiaan will go beyond discussing his Sysytem by applying the concepts to two well-known standards: "All of Me" and "Honeysuckle Rose." By the end of the workshop participants, will know exactly how to sound like professionals on these songs and will have learned a practical way of mastering any song in the future.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Tommy Davy: Authentic Cabaret Guitar
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Tommy Davy: Authentic Cabaret Guitar

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An in-depth examination of the techniques and authentic rhythm styles from the Parisian cabaret guitar style and the modern approach of Trio Dinicu. This workshop will cover the musette valse, csardas, Romanian rhythms, Rumba, swing, and proper right hand. The class will also include group participation, coaching, and learning how to comp as a duo and trio. Concepts covered will include:  right hand technique, Eastern European rhythms (sarba, geamparale), Russian style, right hand tremolo,  embellishments, economy of movement, posture and hand positions, chord substitutions (the gypsy way), chord and bass lines, gypsy picking, and tone.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Michael Horowitz: Advanced Gypsy Rhythm
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Michael Horowitz: Advanced Gypsy Rhythm

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This advanced rhythm workshop will teach you the sophisticated harmonic and rhythmic devices used by gypsy jazz legends Django Reinhardt, Biréli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg, and others. You will learn rhythmic techniques such as the Shuffle, Long, Hit, Roll, Triplet, Double Time, Tremolo, and Syncopation. Additionally, you will learn how to instantly reharmonize any jazz tune with the following techniques: Adding Tensions, Tritone Substitution, ii-V subs, Gypsy style Turn-Arounds, Line Cliches, and Deceptive cadences. Some of the most advanced and beautiful Gypsy style chord shapes will also be demonstrated.

Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store DjangoBooks.com and is the author of the books “Gypsy Picking,” “Gypsy Rhythm,” and “Unaccompanied Django.”

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Christiaan van Hemert: Dutch-style Rhythm Guitar
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Christiaan van Hemert: Dutch-style Rhythm Guitar

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The focus of this workshop is the rhythm guitar techniques used by Dutch players like Noushe Rosenberg and Stochelo Rosenberg. Christiaan will discuss right hand technique, chord voicings, embellishments, Noushe's 'many chords approach' and Stochelo's 'less-is-more-approach'. Recommended for all levels.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Jason Anick: Swing Violin
Sep
21
1:30 PM13:30

Jason Anick: Swing Violin

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Jason will introduce a standard swing tune and various classic licks and phrases to help you start improvising over that tune. Phrases will be taught by ear but will be supplemented with sheet music. He’ll also cover various stylistic approaches (vibrato, bowing, etc.) to help you get that authentic swing sound achieved by jazz violin greats like Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Greg Ruby: The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Accompaniment and the Art of the Out Chorus
Sep
22
1:30 PM13:30

Greg Ruby: The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Accompaniment and the Art of the Out Chorus

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Oscar Alemán’s inimitable style of swing guitar playing reaches back to the earliest days of Hot Club jazz. Before Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli recorded their first notes as the Quintette of Hot Club of France, Alemán was already an in-demand guitarist on the 1930’s Parisian jazz scene—leading Josephine Baker’s backing band, performing with ex-patriot American jazz musicians, and even receiving an offer to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Without question, Ellington was correct when he remarked about Alemán, “this cat has roots.”

While much attention has been given to learn Django’s style, this workshop will demystify and make accessible Oscar’s unique approach to music. In Accompaniment and the Art of the Out Chorus, expect to dive into Oscar’s unique accompaniment style of using rhythm, arpeggios, chordal accents, and ostinato figures to back up a soloist. The class will also cover Alemán’s classic Out-Chorus’s melodies to “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Bye Bye Blues,” and “I’ve Got Rhythm.”

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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Christiaan van Hemert: Gypsy Jazz Violin Improv System
Sep
22
1:30 PM13:30

Christiaan van Hemert: Gypsy Jazz Violin Improv System

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During this workshop, Christiaan will explain his system for violin improvisation. The system is very different from the standard academic ways of learning improvisation. It is based on a novel approach that will teach you concepts to make you sound like an authentic jazz improviser while avoiding too much complicated theory. This will enable to the user to employ his creativity while still making (a lot) of harmonic sense. It is recommended for participants to be familiar with chord symbols.

WORKSHOP FEE | $50


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