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How To Improvise a Solo: A Hands-On Workshop

How To Improvise a Solo: A Hands-on Workshop for Beginning Soloists

This is event is for musicians of all levels who would like to learn the fundamentals of improvising a solo. Instruments can be musical instruments (wind, strings, brass, keyboards, drums) or even vocals.

Featuring university trained musicians and professional teachers, this workshop is for musicians who would like a safe, supportive, ego-free learning environment -- a place where mistakes are welcome and expected -- because that is how you learn.


10:00 -10:30 am: Arrival, Setup and Music Teacher Performance
10:30 to 12:00 pm: Interactive Workshops
12:00 to 12:30: Lunch
12:30 to 2:00 pm: Interactive Workshops
2:00 to 3:00 pm Optional Open Jam

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Ticket Price is $22.09


Brian Mays is a professional guitarist in Orlando with a degree from Berklee College of Music.

Tim Stafford is a professional drummer and former session musician with a degree in Jazz Composition. Tim is also a candidate for a Ph.D. candidate in Education

Brent Ward is a jazz and rock electric bassist and full-time educator with 20 years experience teaching adults and a Candidate for a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Education.

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To get the most out of the workshop, you should know:

a) how to read musical notation, tablature or guitar fingering charts
b) understand the meaning of maj7, min7 and 7th chords.
(the workshop includes a brief refresher on these topics)

By the end of the workshop you should be able to:

a) Understand the overall process of improvising a solo.
b) Play major scales in commonly used keys
b) Play important pentatonic scales in commonly used keys
c) Understand how soloists associate scales with chords
d) Improvise a solo over a simple rock, blues or jazz song.

Please bring your instruments, amplifiers and extensions chords (if necessary)

Hands-on work involves paper and pen exercises and actually playing your instrument.


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