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October - Boulder Cello Project Improvisation Play-in

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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Come join us in a relaxed environment to play some improvisation. We'll have a good mixture of beginners to advanced cellists. This play-in is for all levels of improvisers, whether advanced or playing in a group for the first time, and will be led by an experienced cello teacher. We will work on jamming together and having fun!

Moderator: Rex Westen

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Social. This is for members who would like to eat some snacks and meet other members, or warm up, before playing. This is not required. Members can simply show up at the scheduled play-in time.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Improvisation play-in.

To prepare for this meeting:

1. Willingness to make "mistakes" and explore different sounds with your cello.

2. NO music stand!

3. Have fun!

To view notes and info from previous play-ins, login to our Improvisation Play-in Login website using the same password at:

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  • Molly N.

    I am HOT to learn the finer points of these improv/exploratory improv techniques. THANK YOU REX!

    October 22, 2013

    • Rex W.

      Hi, Molly - You're welcome. I think you are referring to the different articulations for jazz, blues, and rock. If you are interested in learning more of these sooner than the next play-in, and getting some coaching, I teach privately. You can contact me at [masked]

      October 23, 2013

  • Alice G.

    Hi Gemma, I will try it again!!
    When you say "NO music stand" does that mean you will be providing stands?

    October 13, 2013

  • Gemma

    Normally Rex will teach/give us some options to use like chopping, strumming, slides, slaps, etc and/or some rhythms and then off we go! :) We don't go heavily into music theory because it's all about learning how to make music. We've learned that making "mistakes" is part of learning how to improvise.
    Personally, I think that's the most important part of learning to improvise... jumping in and just creating something and getting out of your comfort zone. Once you get past that, than music theory is a must, but I think that kind of goes along with learning chords and hand positions, which I think makes more sense AFTER you learn how to do chords and get some experience doing it (for me anyway!). :) You should send a message to Anna:

    She was intimidated about attending our last Improv playin, but she really enjoyed it. :)

    October 2, 2013

    • Toni A.

      Thanks for the description, Gemma. Very helpful. It is not so much a case of intimidation as deciding whether it is something I want to drive (all the way) from Fort Collins to Boulder for. That adds over 2 hours to the event for me.

      October 2, 2013

  • Toni A.

    Can anyone describe a little bit more about how this goes?

    October 2, 2013

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