Easy Swing Soloing Strategies

Tracy Kim
Artichoke Community Music School: On-Line (location map)
Saturday, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
05/01/21 - 05/29/21 (5 weeks)


This is an online workshop via Zoom.  Once you register, you will receive a link from Tracy and password to join in, also materials for the class.  Learn from the comfort of your own living room anywhere in the world! The dates for this workshop are May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 1-2pm (PST)

Class Description:

This online 5 week class is ideal for the student who wishes to learn/improve their Swing and Gypsy Jazz soloing(improvisation) in the style of Charlie Christian to Django Reinhardt.  

All Instruments are welcome to join in.  Taught by guitarist Tracy Kim.

Students will learn to improvise in the Swing style over popular songs that have been especially selected by Tracy just for the beginner/intermediate players.

In this workshop, Tracy gives insight on the following topics: 

-How to create simple swinging Bluesy phrases based while playing over complex chord progressions.
-Essential sounds and licks for Swing and Gypsy Jazz 
-Following and understanding song forms(how not to get lost!) 
-Application of Scales, Arpeggios, Triads to create a Lyrical Solo
-Building lick repertoire and some easy soloing tricks and concepts written in Tracy's various etudes(PDFs have tabs for guitar/uke/mando)
-Learn common chord progressions and how they can applied to countless other tunes! 
-How to sight read charts(learn to analyze quickly and simplify/memorize tunes) 
-How to develop ideas and motifs to make a unified solo.

Tracy will play and demonstrate each example very slowly with an analysis of each phrase.  This way the study can really understand and apply the ideas to create their own improvisations.  

The songs chosen for the class are popular tunes often called at jam sessions.  These are must-know tunes:  Exactly Like You, Lullaby of Birdland, Sweet Georgia Brown, Topsy, Lady  Be Good, Moonglow, If I Had You, After You’ve Gone and more!

After registering, you will receive a Zoom Link and materials(PDFs).

Questions, please contact Tracy at 503.236.8613 

Upcoming Meetings
05/01/21    1:00 PM Saturday Drop-In 05/01/21 1:00 PM Drop-In
05/08/21    1:00 PM Saturday Drop-In 05/08/21 1:00 PM Drop-In
05/15/21    1:00 PM Saturday Drop-In 05/15/21 1:00 PM Drop-In
05/22/21    1:00 PM Saturday Drop-In 05/22/21 1:00 PM Drop-In
05/29/21    1:00 PM Saturday Drop-In 05/29/21 1:00 PM Drop-In