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Grateful Dead Ensemble – Chris Leva
April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until June 3, 2019
Description: Experience the beauty and sense of adventure that is the music of The Grateful Dead. Intermediate and up – all string instruments, hand percussion, and accordions welcome. Healthy chord vocabulary helpful due to the rich harmonic content of the Dead’s songs. We will work on the songs, harmonies, improvisation and counterpoint that make this some of America’s most iconic and loved music. Please bring a recording device (a phone is fine), paper, pencil, and a tuner to each class. We are looking for guitarists, fiddlers, mandolin, bass, accordion, harmonica, steel guitar and anything else portable and relatively acoustic-friendly.
Prerequisite: Ability to play major and minor chords, some familiarity with the music of the Grateful Dead
What Students will Leave this class having learned:
- Tunes: We will choose the material together
- Technique: Ensemble techniques such as rhythm, bass figures, lead and counterpoint will be explored
- Group playing skills: the above as well as vocal arrangements (lead and harmonies) will be central.
What students will need:
- Functional instrument
- Notebook & pencil
- Recording device optional
Next Level: Instrument specific courses, repertoire, or ensemble courses