Born and Raised in New Jersey, David Lawrence specializes in the gypsy jazz and blues genre and is the band-leader for ‘LAPOMPE’ and New Orleans Blues inspired ‘Royal Street Ramblers’. With these projects David has headlined the prestigious City Park Jazz summer concert series, performed at the Five Points Jazz Festival, Bohemian New West Fest, Westword Music Showcase and many more. LAPOMPE has been nominated by multiple publications for best jazz band on the front range and David has been featured on several radio stations including KUVO Jazz. He has also recorded multiple albums including two full-length Albums with LAPOMPE and an all-original Roots Americana Album with ‘David Lawrence & the Spoonful’ slated for Summer/Fall 2022′.
Be prepared for an immersion in Guitar! In this week-long intensive we are going to focus on a wide range of guitar fundamentals. For aspiring lead players, we are going to ‘un-lock the pentatonic box’ which will help players develop blues & rock lead ideas without getting trapped. We will learn ‘fundamental arpeggios’ to develop proper voice leading & then we will get funky with the ‘diminished scale’ to create a fun Django sound. For Rhythm playing, we are going to develop some fun right-hand techniques including, Swing rhythm or ‘La Pompe’, Latin style Bossa, and fingerstyle.
For our songwriting workshops David will separate the class into two parts. The first half will encompass lyrics, poetry, phrasing, & rhyme, in order to explore the depth of meaning that we can imbue into the song-writing process. The second half of the course focuses on chordal harmony, song structure, and melodic tips. David will discuss how to use all these tools to craft fun meaningful songs and sharpen our song-writing skills.