Sunday Easy Swing Session started a few years ago as a weekly informal workshop and jam session hosted by Portland swing jazz guitarist, Tracy Kim.
The idea was simple: to teach/analyze/jam on the classic swing repertoire starting with the jazz blues and then into songs of the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, etc).
For this course, Tracy handpicked the 'Best Of' from previous workshops. This set list includes:
C Jam Blues
I Got Rhythm
It Don't Mean a Thing
Take the A Train
Night and Day
All of Me
For each song, the student will learn the melodies, chords, analysis of the song, and also improvisation licks/ideas. In relationship to each song, the students will also be learning applied Jazz Theory. These improvisation concepts include: pentatonic/blues scales, modes, harmonic minor, triads and 6th and 7th arpeggios. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of the Jazz language!
For guitar players, tabs will be used. Other instruments are welcome and the emphasis will be on learning melodies and improvisation. Many of the songs will have an etude specifically to demonstrate improvisation ideas in swing style. Tracy will also discuss how and what to practice and his approach when learning a new song.
Come learn to Swing in a fun and Easy environment! All instruments are invited to join. However, please let Tracy know if you are a non-guitar player.
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