The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán pt. 2 (May 12 – June 9, 6:30PM EDT)

$199.00

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The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Part 2

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 7:45pm EDT

May 12 – June 9 (via Zoom)

Cost: $199 (limit 15)

5 classes per session. Register for both Part 1 and 2 and receive a one class discount

Oscar Alemán’s consummate technique and impeccable swing reach back to the earliest days of Hot Club jazz. Before Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli recorded their first notes as the Quintette of the Hot Club of France, Alemán was already an in-demand guitarist on the 1930’s Parisian jazz scene—leading Josephine Baker’s band, accompanying star accordionists and performing with ex-patriot American jazz musicians ­– even Duke Ellington wanted to hire him to join his orchestra. Without question, Ellington was correct when he remarked about Alemán, “this cat has roots.”

This five-week zoom workshop will deepen your understanding of Oscar Alemán’s genius and add new ideas to your guitar playing. Using transcriptions direct from the original recordings, instructor Greg Ruby will lead the class through a selection of Aleman’s repertoire to examine the way he interpreted melodies, accompanied other soloists and used syncopated rhythms in his solos. All written music will be provided in standard notation, tablature and with chord diagrams. Play-Along Mp3s will be provided and all classes will be recorded on Zoom and will remain available for viewing or downloading up to a month after the conclusion of the workshop.

The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán Part 2 is intended for an intermediate to advanced level and will be a study in Alemán’s single note guitar solos.  First, we will start with 10 Alemán guitar licks from tunes including “Russian Lullaby,” “Sweet Sue,” “Besame Mucho,” and “Lady Be Good. ” We will use these to map the fretboard and better understand the relationship between the notes and the chords. Then, we will learn Alemán’s guitar solo to the classic song “Sweet Georgia Brown.” We will get the solo into your hands by examining  the “shapes behind the notes.” From there, we will deepen our understanding of the relationship between the notes of the solo and the chords  – all with the intent of internalizing Alemán’s up-lifting use of syncopation.  This process can have immediate effect on making your own solos more exciting and getting you out “rhythmic ruts.”  Additionally, the class will help structure practice routines.

Questions? email Greg Ruby

After registering, you will receive a welcome letter that will include your Zoom link, “getting started” PDFs and listening play list.

The first time Greg Ruby taught at Django in June his classes were, by our standards, way overcrowded. I tried to tell the participants that others were much smaller and that they were welcome to switch. Nobody did.
-Andrew Lawrence, director of Django in June
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  2. Scofflaw Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  3. Inside Out Greg Ruby Quartet
  4. That’s It Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  5. Someone Told Me Your Secret Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  6. We Meet Again Greg Ruby Quartet
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  8. Humdinger Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  9. Climb Them Walls Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  10. Low Down Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
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  12. Pretty Doll Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
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  17. 14th Avenue Drag Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
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