Level 1 Guitar Classes

This page is devoted to the Level 1 classes being offered at 10 and 1:30. To find links to other time periods or classes at other levels, please see the Schedule Overview page.

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Wednesday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Jack Soref (1A) — Albright Living Room
La Pompe – Mechanics, Sound, and Feel

An introduction to La Pompe. We will delve into the different stylistic approaches, mechanics, sound, and feel of Gypsy Jazz rhythm guitar.

Lisa Liu (1B) — Albright Dining Room
Minor Swing
Hey there, it’s Lisa Liu. I’ll be teaching Level 1A Rhythm with Zak Martel. We’ll go over the basic building blocks on how to get a good “la pompe” sound, keeping time, and playing with others in a jam session. We’ll take our time each day to focus on a tune and show you common chord shapes, that you can apply to dozens of other tunes.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

Zak Martel (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Minor Swing
We’ll take our time each day to focus on a tune. In the afternoons, we’ll show you ideas and licks you can use, to play lead over the tune we worked on in the morning rhythm class.

Lisa Liu (1B) Albright Living Room
Ideas, phrases and licks
Introduction to gypsy licks & phrases, getting a clearer view of improvisation ideas and playing with confidence and soul.

Jack Soref (1B) — Albright HR
Chord Shapes Help You Solo!

In this class, we will look at how you can use all kinds of different chord shapes to help you navigate, both chord progressions, and the fingerboard, when you’re soloing.

4:00-5:30pm
Facilitated Jam

Lisa Liu (L1) — Albright Dining Room
Level 1 Facilitated Jam
Come walk, not run, through some Gypsy jazz standards. 

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

Jack Soref — Albright Living Room
Gypsy Picking L1
A beginner level course covering the traditional right hand technique employed by Gypsy Jazz guitarists the world over.

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Gillett Basement
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Playing the Changes (for all instruments)
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about the concept of playing the changes. A lot of violinists are afraid of learning to play the changes, There are many subtleties behind this expression: does playing the changes mean that you play each and every chord? Not necessarily! It’s about understanding cadences.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
French Chansons
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam session focusing on singing French songs like ‘Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. 

Greg Ruby — Talbot Living Room
Oscar Alemán Tier L1 & L2
Oscar Licks: Add some of Oscar’s classic guitar licks to the Django in June common repertoire.

Thursday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Zak Martel (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Coquette
How to get a good “la pompe” sound, keeping time, and playing with others in a jam session. 

Jack Soref (1B) — Albright HR
Chord Shapes for Accompaniment
In this class we will build, and expand our vocabulary of practical chord shapes for “La Pompe”. We will explore topics like voice leading, triads, extensions, substitutions, and left hand technique.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

Lisa Liu (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Coquette
Ideas and licks you can use, to play lead over the tune we worked on in the morning rhythm class.

Zak Martel (1B) Albright Living Room
Ideas, phrases and licks
Once you know the chord changes to any tune, you already have the foundation for a simple lead. Let’s do this.

Jack Soref (1A) — Albright HR
Catchy Hummable Phrases
What do you play in between your epic, long arpeggio lines? In this class we will look at fun, simple phrases, taken right from Django’s solos. We will get a sense of how to use them, and how they can inspire you to create your own ideas.

4:00-5:30pm
Facilitated Jam

Zak Martel (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Level 1 Facilitated Jam

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

Jack Soref — Albright Living Room
Gypsy Picking L1
A beginner level course covering the traditional right hand technique employed by Gypsy Jazz guitarists the world over.

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Gillett Basement
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Playing the Changes (for all instruments)
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about the concept of playing the changes. A lot of violinists are afraid of learning to play the changes, There are many subtleties behind this expression: does playing the changes mean that you play each and every chord? Not necessarily! It’s about understanding cadences.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
French Chansons
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam session focusing on singing French songs like ‘Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. 

Friday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Lisa Liu (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Blues Clair
How to get a good “la pompe” sound, keeping time, and common chord shapes you can apply to dozens of other tunes.

Jack Soref (1B) — Albright Living Room
Other Rhythm Styles, and Right Hand Exercises
In this class we will explore lots of other rhythmic styles like the gypsy bossa, and bolero. We’ll also look at how these rhythms as well as related right and left hand exercises, can help us develop our fluency and technique on the guitar.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

Zak Martel (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Blues Clair
Level 1A Lead with Lisa and Zak. We’ll take our time each day to focus on a tune. In the afternoons, we’ll show you ideas and licks you can use, to play lead over the tune we worked on in the morning rhythm class.

Debbie Botos (1B) Albright Living Room
Ideas, phrases and licks
Introduction to gypsy licks & phrases, getting a clearer view of improvisation ideas and playing with confidence and soul.

Jack Soref (1A) — Albright HR
Phrase Families
In this class we’ll explore how to Get the most out of your licks, and developing a deeper understanding, of both the Gypsy Jazz vocabulary, and soloing with chord shapes.

Saturday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Zak Martel (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Honeysuckle Rose
How to get a good “la pompe” sound, keeping time, and playing with others in a jam session. 

Jack Soref (1B) — Albright Living Room
Reinforcing La Pompe, and What to do After June
We can never stop honing our abilities as accompanists. Let’s take some time to review what you’ve learned throughout the week. Then, we’ll develop some strategies for how to practice and continue developing once camp is over.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

Lisa Liu (1A) — Albright Dining Room
Honeysuckle Rose
Ideas and licks you can use, to play lead over the tune we worked on in the morning rhythm class.

Zak Martel (1B) — Albright Living Room
Working From the Melody
Got the melody? Then you’ve got the makings of a solo.

Jack Soref (1A) — Albright HR
International one note solo day! (The most wonderful day of the Year)
In this class, we will focus on dynamics, expression, attack musical interplay, space, elements of phrasing, and a clever device for soloing on most any tune.

4:00-5:30pm
Facilitated Jams & Special Topics

For offerings during this period please see this page:
4:00-5:30 PM Facilitated Jams and Special Topics