Drum roll : yes, learning practical Harmony is fun-damental and easy on the guitar! The guitar neck can be a daunting grid from the outside, but through this course, we'll unlock the not-so-hidden intelligence of its organization by mapping out the neck. True for any style at all, traveling up, down and across the neck with ease can be fluid when thinking globally. So by combining ears and eyes, you can hear, visualize and feel the basic shapes of Western Harmony on the fingerboard. You will turn the guitar neck into a musical playground with addictive ear training games that will sharpen your over all musicianship. We'll look at the famous CAGED system for moving chord shapes and "must-know" chord progressions. Create your own music; arrange your favorite melodies as instrumentals. A familiarity with basic chords shapes and TAB is recommended.
November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
Bertrand Laurence grew up in France listening to American acoustic guitar masters, and he came to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music. With four CDs of his own music featuring his fresh, "here and now" style, Bertrand has performed on a number of international stages including Montreal Jazz Festival, CAAS in Nashville, Boston Folk and Blues Festival, and Mercure Jazz and Blues Festival in France.
Bertrand teaches performance and song improvisation and coaches voice for actors at the Carriage House Stage and School in Providence, Rhode Island. Bertrand also teaches the technical, physical, and creative sides of guitar playing and the freedom in expressive exploration.