Sunday Easy Swing 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 easy and fun side of 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 has handpicked the "Best Of" from previous workshops. This set list includes: C Jam Blues, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, It Don't Mean a Thing, Night and Day, Take the A Train, and All of Me.
For each song, the student will learn the melodies, chords and suggested shapes, analysis of the song, and also improvisation licks/ideas. Also, some basic jazz theory will be discussed during each class, in relationship to each song.
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 accompanying etude specifically designed to demonstrate improvisation ideas in swing style from easy to intermediate/advanced level.
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