TJ Crow

Improvisation Workshop

Improvisation Part 1
Improvisation Part 2
Improvisation Part 3

Part 1 is maybe a little slow, which is one reason we're doing this -- to sharpen up the presentation. Part 2 is exciting, including the new "Frankensteining" thing. Part 3 is interesting because of the thing you did with the call and response.
Here's an electronic copy Draft Outline.doc (MS Word) of the draft outline below for ease of editing.



Improvisation - Part 1


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0:00
Initial Go Around
03:33
Matching the Chord vs. Just play one scale overall
06:33
The Pentatonic Scale
10:48
Showing the Pentatonic Scale
12:31
We love Pentatonic
12:44
All playing Major Pentatonic
15:12
Junk
16:23
The Minor Blues Pentatonic
17:17
Tuning Junk
18:15
All playing Blues Pentatonic
20:05
Showing the Minor Pentatonic



Improvisation - Part 2


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0:00
How to apply the Pent Scale to Fiddle tunes/contra
Contra as its own music
1:05
Choosing Far from Home
Getting chords
All learning tune
3:21
Example of Pent over chords
All Pent over chords
(need to talk about having the "tune in your head")
5:02
Phrasing
Exercise
7:11
Mimicking/Poetry
9:30
Following Chords -- talk over improv
11:16
Where do you begin?
11:50
Explaining Triads
Upper triadic notes
13:25
One more talk over improv
14:20
Questions -- playing with others
(Brother Rex)
15:59
Don't depart from the tune
17:06
Frankensteining
Having the tune in your head while you're playing
20:10
Contra is test for coherency of solo ideas
emotional ride
20:40 Little review



Improvisation - Part 3


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0:00
Emotional ride
There are things you can do with your melody that affect the dancers
0:23
Upbeat downbeat
This didn't go very far -- it's more about rhythm that melody?
0:55
Feet Rhythm on a single string
2:11
Following Dance Moves
Give them the space for a Balance and Swing
4:34
Paying thru a Swing
(Our hair flew out the back)
7:24
Learning Buffalo Gals
9:35
Improv over Buffalo Gals
(…you've been playing it for 20 minutes…)
D Pentatonic
11:23
Frankenstein Exercise -- call and response everyone play one phrase, then around the circle one at a time play the alternate phrase.
All Frankensteining -- sounds surprisingly cool
15:33
Investigating the 5 Chord
All Frankensteining w the 5 Chord
17:55
Julia Delany example solo
19:20
Shifting Pentatonics
23:05
Star of Munster
Practice what we learned today
(didn't point out difference in chord pattern between A and B)
25:45
Betsy Solo
26:44
Flute Solo
27:15
Mando Solo
27:54
Everybody Together
28:40
Thanks