Slow Blues Course for Accordionists - Sept to Oct 2023
Mondays in Sept and Oct. 2023
Two levels offered: Beginner 7p ET, Advanced 8:15p ET
$159.99 for the course
Welcome to the next specialized online group class dedicated to the magnificent world of jazz skills and styles for accordion.
This course will be exploring soulful sway of the blues. The blues is not just a genre but an emotion, a tale that traces back to the very roots of music. Its power lies not just in the notes, but how those notes are played, felt, and expressed. This class, curated for passionate accordionists, aims to connect you to the essence of the blues through your accordion, and especially your rhythmic self.
9 Week Course Curriculum
Sep 4, The secret of blues rhythm
Sep 11, Blues Scale and Fills
Sep 18, Two hand blues independence
Week off | Prep "Route 66" and "St. James Infirmary"
Oct 2, "Route 66"
Oct 9, "Route 66"
Oct 16, "St. James Infirmary Blues"
Oct 23, "St. James Infirmary Blues"
Oct 30, Final Projects and moving forward
At the core of the blues is its rhythm. It's the heartbeat, the pulse, and the very anchor that keeps the flow of the song. Our sessions emphasize understanding this rhythm, not just from a theoretical perspective, but truly feeling it in the depth of our being. As accordionists, it's crucial that this rhythm is an extension of our very breath and movement. Our body must resonate with every beat, every pause, making the music not just a sound but an experience.
Next, comes the expression of the blues, and that is where blues phrasing comes into play. The magic of blues lies in the nuances. It's not about playing a piece note for note but bringing life to it through your unique style. The class will guide you through the intricacies of blues phrasing, helping you refine your musical expressions with the right accents, dynamics, and phrasing. It's about ensuring that every note you play on your accordion tells a story, shares an emotion, and leaves an impact.
Join us and embark on a journey that promises to elevate your musicianship, connect you deeper with the rhythms of the blues, and empower you to carve your own signature style. The world of blues awaits your unique rendition!