We’ll be learning a chord melody arrangement of George Gershwin’s superbly cool ‘Summertime’.
This is a lazy-sounding, summer evening song (as we enter the winter months it’ll bring memories of those nice summer days!).
Chord melody means a self-contained piece where you’ll be playing chords that have the melody embedded in the top part of the chord. This song is a ‘must have’ for anyone’s repertoire.
In session 1 we delve into the song form, the chords and melody and some useful, underlying theory. The basics.
In session 2 we put the chord melody piece together and explore areas where you can add embellishments. The full piece.
Music Corners in general
These weekly one hour sessions are designed to give us the tools to self-improve and widen our knowledge in the following general areas: rhythm, reading music, improvising, understanding music theory, getting good tone, how to play a solo, how to play with a group, how to develop your ear, learning the rules of music through transcribing the history of a genre. Our tutor, Jamie McCredie, will share key things he has learned over years that have helped to make him the professional guitarist and musician he is today.
You will receive lesson PDF(s) and we’ll try to make a Zoom recording of the live lesson and make it availableto you.
These sessions are most suitable for intermediate players (i.e. maybe some barre chrds, a tad of music theory/knowledge, etc.). But players of all standards will register some lightbulb moments and pick up some great ideas and approaches. If there are two or more sessions planned then the first session is usually reasonably basic.