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Creativity Breakout Session with Gary Sloan

$60.00

Want to try some open-ended musical exploration? This will be a fun, open-ended class with no concrete goal other than looking at music and your individual instruments differently. We’ll explore free improvisation- by removing the barriers of time and harmony (sounds daunting? It’s not!) we can fully focus on mood, energy, space, listening, taking turns, growing together, fading together, and all of the other absolutely critical aspects of music. We’ll experiment with one of my favorite exercises, imitating drum beats on our instruments both with and without pitch or a combination thereof. On the second day we will spend some time discussing the roles of the various instruments in the string band before we experiment with playing the other instrument’s roles- the mandolin role on a fiddle? The fiddle role in a guitar? Why not! What we cover might be just the thing that you needed to find that new way to play a tune you feel stale on or it might open your mind to how you approach ensemble playing in various instrumentations. Regardless, you will have a better understanding of the holistic view of music as it is too easy to have tunnel vision from the perspective of the instrument or style of music we have chosen. We will have a ton of fun in this musical playground! All that is required is an open mind.

  • Cost – $60 per class
  • Wednesday 6/15 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 6/16 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Buena Vista Congregational United Church of Christ
217 Crossman Avenue | Buena Vista, CO 81211

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Want to try some open-ended musical exploration? This will be a fun, open-ended class with no concrete goal other than looking at music and your individual instruments differently. We’ll explore free improvisation- by removing the barriers of time and harmony (sounds daunting? It’s not!) we can fully focus on mood, energy, space, listening, taking turns, growing together, fading together, and all of the other absolutely critical aspects of music. We’ll experiment with one of my favorite exercises, imitating drum beats on our instruments both with and without pitch or a combination thereof. On the second day we will spend some time discussing the roles of the various instruments in the string band before we experiment with playing the other instrument’s roles- the mandolin role on a fiddle? The fiddle role in a guitar? Why not! What we cover might be just the thing that you needed to find that new way to play a tune you feel stale on or it might open your mind to how you approach ensemble playing in various instrumentations. Regardless, you will have a better understanding of the holistic view of music as it is too easy to have tunnel vision from the perspective of the instrument or style of music we have chosen. We will have a ton of fun in this musical playground! All that is required is an open mind.

  • Cost – $60 per class
  • Wednesday 6/15 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 6/16 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Buena Vista Congregational United Church of Christ
217 Crossman Avenue | Buena Vista, CO 81211