This Course is an ongoing course where I shall upload topics including the following:
Tips on How to Improvise better:
-Why you should Compose and Edit Solos
-Sequences and Patterns to Practice in all 12 keys.
-How to Transpose a Simple Melody into any key
-Pacing and how to think about the beginning of your solo.
I also cover how to listen to melodies in music and how each note in the major scale has specific places it likes to move to. This will help you build your ear, knowing what to listen for.
Prerequisites include knowledge of basic music keys/scales/scale degrees. Tablature is no used, only sheet music. On screen notation used will be treble clef, demonstrates done on either piano or guitar but applicable to ANY instrument.
The goal is turn you into the improviser you want to be.
I have been playing and teaching for over 20 years. During that time I've been fortunate enough to perform on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry. In addition to playing as a solo artist I perform with the Chuck Nation bluegrass band, as well as in the Banjo+Cello duo called Bow N’ Banjo. I'm a three time Georgia State Banjo and Flatpick Guitar winner and the 2006 Merlefest Banjo winner.
I studied Music Theory and Jazz Improvisation under nationally acclaimed pianist Kevin Bales for five years. Studying improvisation under a pianist provided me with a unique outlook for all of my music studies. My extensive training in a variety of musical systems (Bluegrass, Jazz, Popular, Classical) has given me knowledge of both the formal and aural/traditional systems.
When I'm not performing or teaching, I spend most of my time developing educational material for banjo as well as writing original compositions.