In this webinar Bruce Katz will teach Blues and New Orleans inspired ideas and techniques. Bruce will cover improvisation, turnarounds and harmonic ideas that create variety and interest. Bruce will show how to add depth and richness to your playing by using all 10 fingers and 88 keys!
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The outline for the webinar is:
- Introduction and review of blues basics involving drone notes, 3rds, 6ths, grace notes and a review of the melodic form.
- Improvisation ideas on how to stretch beyond the “blues scale” using chromaticism and notes not immediately associated with the blues scale. The discussion will also include creating real melodies, not just runs and scales. And singing what you play!
- Adding harmony and variety to blues turnarounds and examining the theory and structure of more harmonically complex turnarounds.
- Teaching melodies and improvisations of cornerstone New Orleans R&B licks using major blues scales along with a brief look at New Orleans Bass lines.
This 90 minutes interactive webinar is focused on intermediate and advanced players but all levels are welcome. For those who read music, we will include downloadable lead sheets and all participants will have one year access to a video recording of the webinar.
Date: June 5, 2021
Time: 1:00 EST
About Bruce Katz:
Bruce is an internationally recognized performer and educator. As a performer, Bruce has played extensively in the Blues, Rock and Jazz idioms, appearing on over 70 albums and performing, touring and/or recording with Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers, Delbert McClinton, John Hammond, Ronnie Earl, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Duke Robillard, Little Milton and many others. He also records and tours with his own group, The Bruce Katz Band and has released eleven albums as a leader. Bruce has been nominated for a Blues Music Award (BMA) seven times for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year,” which is considered to be the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys”. Bruce has also been nominated three times for Living Blues Awards.
As a teacher, Bruce taught at The Berklee College of Music in Boston for 14 years (1996-2010), teaching private lessons, theory and ensembles. He also teaches privately and has led master classes and clinics at schools and festivals around the world.