Level 2 Guitar Classes

This page is devoted to the Level 2 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

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Inversions and Passing Chords
Using the songs “Minor Swing” and “Sweet Georgia Brown,” this class will invert common chords, fully utilize the fretboard and expand your chord vocabulary.

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Coquette
Revision of “la pompe”; different kinds of “pompe”; How to vary the chords, create an intro and an ending

Adrian Holovaty — Chase Dining Room
La Pompe – Mechanics, Sound, and Feel

An overview of the different styles. When I originally started playing this style, I was overwhelmed and frustrated because everybody told me a different way to play the rhythm. I’ll demonstrate the common differences and aim to clear up confusion. Aside from the nuts and bolts of technique, you’ll get insights on how to do informed listening and be a bit more self-aware while playing.

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Rhythm fundamentals with a focus on Separated bass
Rhythm fundamentals with a focus on Separated bass (rhythm: waltz and swing)

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
La pompe Alsace style work-out
Tone and volume production for a sturdy and efficient pompe.

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
Playin in « buté «
Julien plays rhythm for Romane and many of the best players in Paris. Rhythm fundamentals fantastiques.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period. 

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Swing that arpeggio!
We will use “Sweet Georgia Brown,” to build a foundation to the creative act of combining rhythms and arpeggios.

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Coquette
Brief analysis of chord changes; work on major 2-5-1; licks, arpeggio, major scale.

Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Building a solo using triads w/extensions Round 1
Building a solo using triads w/extensions – Sweet Georgia Brown / Honeysuckle Rose

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Building Idioms
Building idioms (down-down-up, 3 string sweep, repeated down strokes, the tchavolo octave, the double string octave)

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
Basics of rest-Stroke Picking technique
Tired of not being heard in jam-sessions? Discover the power of staccato, Krief style, and get the best sound out of your guitar..

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
Playin in « buté «
Introduction to the right hand technique and exercises for lead

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
The Fundamentals of Accompaniment
Body position. Holding the pick. Swing on different tempos. Settings of a gypsy guitar.

4:00-5:30pm
L2 Facilitated Jams

Jason Anick — Chase Living Room
Brad Brose — Lamont Living Room
Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Michel Mercier — Chase Parlor
Julien Cattiaux/Daniel John Martin — Lamont Host Dining Room

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

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

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Hot Club Rhythm
Dive in to the classic rhythm guitar grooves used by Django and Quintet of the Hot Club of France on the classics, “J’attendrai,” “Seul ce soir,” and “Daphne.”

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Rhythm Gitanes
Revision of “la pompe”; metronome use; How to vary the chords, create an intro and an ending Study of other songs based on the same harmonic progression (Minor blues, Puttin on the Ritz etc…)

Adrian Holovaty — Chase Dining Room
Bolero Rhythm
We’ll learn the basic gypsy jazz bolero rhythm, working with the tune “Troublant Bolero.” And we’ll learn a second bolero tune, “Something Stupid,” because lots of people only know a single bolero tune!

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Learn a Waltz in a Day!
In this class, we’ll learn the chords for an easy arrangement of the classic – Chez Jacquet.

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
Waltz Time
Using classic waltz repertoire, we will explore the essential Waltz rhythm guitar grooves, utilize inversions, bass runs and integrate the “rest stroke” into our accompaniment.

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
Gypsy chords
Playin rhythm guitar with gypsy chords and variations

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm, Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period. 

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Composing a solo
Improvisation is often described as spontaneous composition, but let’s slow that process down and compose a solo! Using the song “Minor Swing,” we will combine chord tones, scales, rhythms and licks to compose a solo.

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Rhythm Gitanes
Study of the melody; variations of the melody. Brief analysis of chord changes; work on minor 2-5 1; licks, arpeggio, harmonic minor scale.

Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Building a solo using triads w/extensions Round 2
It had to be you / Manoir de mes reves

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Learn a Waltz in a Day!
In this class, we’ll learn the Melody for an easy arrangement of the classic – Chez Jacquet.

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
Telling a Story with your Solo
Tips and concepts for building a solo that tells a story.

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
The Theme
Working with a melody, first in a straightforward manner, then with twists.

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
The Fundamentals of Accompaniment on a Waltz
Study on the accompaniment of waltzes. Traditional, modern, bass parts … Bass exercises “en butée”.

4:00-5:30pm
L2 Facilitated Jams

Jason Anick — Chase Living Room
Brad Brose — Lamont Living Room
Adrian Holovaty — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Michel Mercier — Chase Parlor
Julien Cattiaux/Daniel John Martin — Lamont Host Dining Room

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

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
Violin Workshop
A lot of violinists are afraid of learning the chords to songs, preferring to play by “instinct”. While I agree that playing by instinct is important, that does not mean that you ignore the harmonies. In this special offering, I hope to offer some tips to make learning to play the changes less intimidating.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
Accordion and Guitar!
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam with a focus on the interplay between the accordion and guitar.

Friday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Waltz Time
Using classic waltz repertoire, we will explore the essential Waltz rhythm guitar grooves, utilize inversions, bass runs and integrate the “rest stroke” into our accompaniment.

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Rêves bohémiens – exploring the waltz
Waltz “pompe”; variations; bass progression. How to vary the chords, create an intro and an ending.

Adrian Holovaty — Chase Dining Room
La Pompe Rhythm

We’ll look at the common differences in various styles of La Pompe and share insights on how to do informed listening and be a bit more self-aware while playing.

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Rhythm Fundamentals with a Focus on Basic Hits
How to effectively use hits in your rhythm playing. 

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
Gyspy Bossa
Basic strumming techniques and variations through a step-by-step workout.

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
Playing In Rhythm
How to work with a metronome, and different exercises

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period. 

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Chord Solos
This class will explore the chord inversions to “Joseph! Joseph!” on the “top 4” strings to create fiery rhythmic chord solos or tremolo flourishes.

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Rêves bohémiens – exploring the waltz
Playing the melody. Brief analysis of chord changes; improvising through the progression

Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Building a solo using triads w/extensions Round 3
J’attendrai / Lady be good

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Lead Technique Using two Level 2 Etudes
Lead technique using two level 2 etudes. (One on a minor tune, and one on a major tune.)

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
How to Develop your own Style
Not everyone can copy the gypsy jazz stars. But how many players are instantly recognizable ? Come and get some tips to find your own way. It’s all about style!

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
Link the Chords
How to link the chords and have a visual diagram to improv

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
La Valse des Niglos
Study of harmonic variations on a minor waltz. Substitution chords, passing chords, chromatic bass lines…

4:00-5:30pm
L2 Facilitated Jams

Adrian Holovaty — Chase Parlor
Jason Anick
— Chase Living Room
Brad Brose — Lamont Living Room
Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Michael Joseph Harris — Lamont Host Dining Room

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

Michel Mercier — Talbot Parlor
Special Guitar Effects
Michel’s tricks and licks for lively solos.

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Ear Training
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about how I transcribe, and how I learned how to improvise by transcribing. Ultimately, doing a lot of this develops your ears so that you begin to intrinsically understand music without necessarily knowing theory. I will explain the entire process behind this.

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’s Out Chorus: Dive into Oscar-ology by learning Alemán’s classic Out-Chorus’s melodies.

Ric Molina — Talbot Basement 
Demystifying Diminished
We will make sense of what a diminished idea is and how to really make it part of our bag.

Saturday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Even 8th Notes
Bossas, Boleros, Sambas and more: This class will keep the 8th notes even as we dive into the classic tunes “Bossa Dorado” and “Troublant Bolero!”

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Nuages: Swing rhythm on ballads
How to vary the chords study of chord melody (playing the chords and melody at the same time)

Adrian Holovaty— Chase Dining Room
Rhythms and voicings for Nuages
Rhythm for “Nuages.” We’ll do it as a ballad, and we’ll do it a little more “up.” I’ll provide some options for chord voicings and substitutions.

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Intros, Endings, and Arrangement Ideas
Rhythm fundamentals with a focus on intros, endings and arrangement ideas.

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
Ballads
How to adapt to the soloist and context through different ways of comping.

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
Introduction to the Other Gipsy Rhythms
Introduction to the other gipsy rhythms such as boléro, valse, bossa…

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period. 

Greg Ruby — Chase Living Room
Tone Factory
This class will tackle the elusive “rest stroke” and address ways to make it a joyful part of your practice while integrating it into your playing.

Christine Tassan Lamont Large Dining Room
Solo class: effects and tricks used in gypsy jazz
Study of some of these effects and tricks that Django uses in his solos and that you can right away apply in your own solos (octaves, chromatic effects, open strings effect etc…)

Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Building a solo using triads w/extensions Round 1
Joseph Joseph / I’ll see you in my dreams

Sami Arefin Chase Study
Django’s Triad Substitution
We will focus on Django’s triad substitution, and 4 string arpeggio technique.

Michel Mercier Chase Parlor
How to play soulful ballads without being boring.
Yes we can ! And it’s easier than you think.

Julien Cattiaux Lamont Host Dining Room
How to use ideas from Django’s solos on Other Songs
We will review some of the ideas in one of Django’s solos from Blues en Mineur (Minor Blues) and how to apply them on other songs.

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
Mysterieuse
Study of harmonic variations on the waltz “Mysterieuse”. Substitution of chords, passing chords, chromatic bass lines…

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