Swing Improvisation Workouts
With Katie Glassman
The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month: July 1st & 15th
In July, we’ll work out on Cindy Walker’s Sugar Moon. After I got to perform this with legendary Western Swing singer Leon Rausch, it became one of my all-time favorite songs to jam on and perform. Now it’s your turn to learn how to improvise on this song. We’ll focus on that authentic “Western Swing sound.” You’ll learn how to use the 6th and the 9th, plus how to create a beautiful fiddle solo over these common chord changes. Even if you’re traveling, I highly recommend taking this class to gain access to the class video! I’ll be sending out learning videos and sheet music to the melody. These workouts are open to mandolin and guitar too.
Stay sharp on your improv and swing skills — or if you’ve never improvised, JUMP IN! Like any other activity, this means working out. That’s what we do twice a month with these improv workout classes. To keep things fresh and fun, we learn a new song each month. Focus on all of the tools in the swing improvisation toolkit (don’t worry, you’ll learn these one at a time) and make sure that you are comfortable using them in creative ways. These workouts are fun, fresh, and engaging — and with this class, you’ll have time to balance swing improv practice with your fiddle tune work.
Classes are on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month from 4:00 – 5:15 MDT. You can buy classes monthly or in a bundle (for a discount). Come by for one week, one month… or for the rest of 2021!
In the first Thursday class of each month, you’ll learn the melody the song: the melody, the chords, and ideas for variations on the melody. We play together and do lots of repetitions so that you leave each class with all of the ideas already under your fingers. The second class each month will include swing workouts over the new song, and we’ll do these together. Leave each class with a couple of good licks and exercises to incorporate into your solos and practices. The agenda includes small bites of material to fully integrate into your playing. Take these ideas with you to jams and future improvs/solos over new songs. The second class of each month will also offer an opportunity for you to perform your composed/transcribed solo/improvisations of the song(s) we’ve worked on before we go on to the next one. You’ll be swinging in no time, and fun is guaranteed