I am currently artist-in-residence at Sustainable Bolivia, and teaching at Universidad Mayor San Simon (university music students), Ensenarte (local children of orphanges), and Pua School of Rock (community music school) in Cochabamba, Bolivia. An awesome place and awesome students and professionals who want to learn as much as possible about blues, jazz, and free improvisation.
UMSS Workshop Description: The Quantum Seventh Chord: Harmonic Strategies for Progressive Guitarists and Musicians
This workshop is a study of the dominant seventh chord and it’s use in blues, jazz, and rock contexts. It is intended for music performance and theory majors, and for intermediate and advanced players who want to take their technique and playing to the highest level. It is both historic and original in its suggestions of ways to incorporate, and simplify, advanced harmonic materials in performance. The primary vehicle for this study is the multiple and simultaneous identity (the quantum metaphor) of the the dominant seventh chord in the context of the blues tune and the manifold ways that the form can be expanded through various dominant seventh chord-related techniques. This study draws from the materials developed by the author, used by musicians themselves, and from the comprehensive study of jazz harmony and theory that has blossomed in the United States since the 1970s. Although the course was originally designed for guitarists, all instrumentalists and music theorists will find it useful for their instrumental and intellectual development.