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Guitar Workshop w/Scott Boren: Creative Things To Do With Chords

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Guitar Workshop w/Scott Boren: Creative Things To Do With Chords

Time: May 17, 2009 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: House of Musical Traditions lesson studio
Street: 7008 Westmoreland Ave
City/Town: Takoma Park, MD
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Phone: 301-270-9090
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: House of Musical Traditions
Latest Activity: May 4, 2009

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Event Description

Topics covered will include:
* Interpreting chord symbols
* "Basic Survival" Maj7, 7, m7, m7b5, diminished.
* Beyond basic survival: Instructor will give you progressions to make creative chord symbol interpretation meaningful.
* Voice-leading
* Applying harmonic concepts to standard tunes like "All the Things You Are," "Stella By Starlight" and "Wave."
* Other aspects of melody-harmony relationships

The workshop will be geared for intermediate guitar players and composers, though advanced level can also be accommodated. Participants should be able to read music in treble clef. While mostly a guitar workshop (voicings will be presented on 6-string guitar), other chordal instruments and bass are welcome. This workshop is ideal for those interested in composing, improvising and/or playing chord solos or comping (accompaniment). Participants are welcome to e-mail Scott at with questions or other suggested topics.

Scott Boren has been one of HMT's guitar teachers for several years. He received his Master's Degree in jazz studies from New England Conservatory. He has performed in New York, Boston, throughout New England and Europe. Locally, Scott has performed at venues such as Twins, the 219 and DC Space. He has performed with many great artists over the years including Ray Copeland, Chris Bacas, Chuck Redd and Jimmy Giuffre. Scott has been teaching for nearly 30 years, and has taught at such institutions as Brown University, U. of MA/Amherst Division of Continuing Ed., and at various music schools in the Boston and Washington areas including HMT. He teaches melody, harmony and rhythm through pieces, theory, and listening. He uses principles of learning and cognitive psychology to make things more memorable. Scott is fascinated with harmony and encourages a sense of discovery in students.

To register, contact HMT at or 301-270-9090.

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