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Free Workshop: Fundamentals of Improvising Solos

Convenient Location Change!

There were so many people interested in the workshop (here and in my conversations with people) that we have moved the venue to Dover Shores Community Center. It is located near Curry Ford and Conway, probably closer to most people.     Therefore, there is no waiting list for the time being. We also expect to have a rhythm section of bass, drums, and guitar.

Free Workshop: Fundamentals of Improvising Solos

This is a free event sponsored by Brent Ward, Central Florida bass and guitar player, and full-time educator with over 18 years of experience teaching adults. Come and enjoy a free, hands-on workshop for all beginning soloists who play C, Eb and Bb instruments.

To get the most out of the workshop, you should know:
a) how to read musical notation or tablature
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 jazz, rock or blues song.

Please bring your instruments.

This workshop targets beginners and high beginners in improvisation.  So if you simply want to come and learn in a supportive atmosphere, you are welcome.   Hands-on work involves paper and pen exercises and actually playing your instrument.

As Miles Davis said "It's a mistake not to make a mistake"

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  • Rich B.

    This workshop was way beyond what I expected. The instructions Brent and Sean gave us were relevant, detailed and insightful. Brent and Sean were knowledgeable and friendly and great musicians. I really enjoyed it.

    February 23, 2013

    • Brent W.

      Thanks Rich. We appreciated your presence there -- your comping and your comments about the theory behind improvisation.

      February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to be late. I have to attend to watch a jazz rehearsal for a student until 11.

    February 23, 2013

    • Brent W.

      Glad you made it anyway Amanda! Hope to see you again in case we do it again.

      February 23, 2013

  • Joey P.

    Will be there

    January 6, 2013

  • Ryan P.

    Sounds awesome. I play guitar, low intermediate player.

    December 28, 2012

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