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Practical Self-Accompaniment Workshop

  • Aug 21, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Bodhi's Basement Bistro

This once-a-month workshop is all about building up your skills as a solo performer.   Each class will be limited to 8 students.

 

Many people can play an instrument, and many can sing - but the trick is to do both, and make it your own!

 

Becoming an interesting listenable solo performer requires a number of different skills  particular to your style of music.  This workshop will focus on the practical aspects of orchestrating and arranging pieces for solo self-accompaniment.   We will discuss topics such as arrangement and orchestration, rhythm and percussive playing within a solo accompaniment structure, practical self-accompaniment tips, audience interaction, and effective use of amplification and electronics.

Participants will be required to show up with at least 3 pieces they are working on.  Using cheat-sheets and notes to ease your mind during performance is highly recommended.

 

Please Note:  There is a $10 fee for this 3-hour workshop.

 

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  • Kathleen S.

    Here's an idea -- what do you think, Bodhi? -- At the next vocal or SA workshop, if others agree that it would be helpful, maybe you could do a little microphone 101 to help us understand the different kinds and what they are most useful for. I know instrument mics are generally different than vocal mics, but not sure why or how. I THINK I have the one that we bought for an instrument mic, because I am pretty sure that we just got Shures for vocal mics and they've gone walk-a-bout somewheres. Of course, it could be the other way around and the one that's left could have been the vocal and the Shures were the instrument mics, but I don't think so. I think the better quality was for the instrument (acoustic guitar with no direct imput, like mine)...The one that I have is Japanese made - Audio-Technica, ATM25 impedance 600Q. Also the little HN1 digital recorder, which I believe can be a USB mic, but haven't tried it in that way, just as a recorder. Kathleen

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • Rob "Bodhi" W.

      If that's what people want to talk about, I am glad to walk them through what I know.

      Nobody likes spending money without a little research. I'm glad to help!

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • June G.

      Sounds great to me!

      August 27, 2013

  • June G.

    Hi, Bodhi, do you have any thoughts on this microphone? I think I could use this with a computer to practice, but it's over a hundred dollars, and it's just a desk-top mic. http://www.hsn.com/products/blue-yeti-professional-desktop-usb-microphone/6300116

    August 27, 2013

    • Rob "Bodhi" W.

      Those are excellent-quality USB microphones, but I believe (although I could be wrong) that they are designed primarily to carry the nuances and frequencies of vocals in the speaking range.

      I've never really researched microphones for computers with specific focus on singing frequencies. Sorry.

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • June G.

      Thank you for your help. I'm mulling over the USB mic purchase, although maybe for practice what I just need is a mic on a stand-up stand. I really should look at craigslist, too, but the think is, I don't know what I'm doin.

      August 27, 2013

  • Kathleen S.

    i would never have believed, one year ago, what I am now doing musically. I am far, far from where I want to be with my playing and singing, but with your great teaching, Bodhi, and all of the wonderful help and encouragement of my new musical friends, I fell like I am improving by leaps and bounds. Thanks everybody! Kathleen

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Walter W.

    Excellent night Soooo much information. IT was great

    2 · August 23, 2013

  • June G.

    Another great and fun class!

    2 · August 22, 2013

  • Kathi C.

    Wonderful group of people, great critique and help. I want to thank every one for the support. I do not have a musical background. The music world is a foreign language for me and am in complete awe of everyone. Started playing again (just know simple chords) several years ago after many years away. I have found my passion. Thank you!!!

    3 · August 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Enjoy seeing and hearing what everyone is working on. Appreciate the opportunity to work out the kinks and the anxiety, and gain a lot from everyone's support and Bodhi's expert guidance.

    3 · August 22, 2013

    • Kathleen S.

      Linda, You have no reason to feel anxious. You play well and sing like an angel, albeit a sultry one! Kathleen

      2 · August 22, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks for the sweet words!

      August 22, 2013

  • Dennis M.

    This really sucks. Can't come, hope someone can last minute.

    August 21, 2013

  • JohnnyB

    Giving up my spot for one waiting. Catch you another time!

    August 19, 2013

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