Thursday, May 21, 2009

JOIN THE SWING BAND AND R and B CLASS

WHAT: Rhythm, Swing and Blues Band Class

WHEN: Saturdays 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

INSTRUMENTATION: guitar, electric bass, keyboard, alto and tenor Sax, trumpet, flute, clarinet, trombone, drum-set

REQUIREMENTS:

This class is for the intermediate level students. Guitar and bass players should be able to read tab and make all basic open string and barr chords. Guitar players will need to purchase the Mel Bay's "Complete Blues Guitar" book MB94682BCD (cost = $22.95), and also Hal Leonard's "100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll" HL00702175 (cost =$24.95 plus tax) Electric guitars are encouraged but acoustic guitars can be used also. If you play electric guitar then you must furnish you own amp and lead chord.

All horns, keyboards, and drummers should be able to read standard musical notation and play at a 3rd year level. We furnish the keyboards, and drum-sets but horn players must have their own instruments.

Voice students at YAMS who have sufficient skills to read music and sing on pitch will be encouraged to sing solos and backup with this group.

Call or email if you wanna know more about this class.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

NEW BEGINGING CLASS

  • INFORMATION FOR THE NEW CLASSES TO BE STARTING SOON. 
  • IF YOU WANT SIGN-UP FOR ANY NEW STARTING CLASS THEN PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW WHICH CLASS THAT YOU WANT TO SIGN UP FOR.
  • MUSIC FOR THE ALL CLASSES IS EMAILED TO THE STUDENT JUST BEFORE IT IS TIME FOR THE CLASS TO START.  
  • ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO PRINT OUT THE MUSIC AND BRING IT TO CLASS WHEN YOU COME.
 NEW CLASS TIMES:

Beginner Guitar and Electric Bass on Tuesdays ......... Time = 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dates = Jan 13 - Mar 31, Fee =  $72.00 (12 lessons)

Class description: 
  • This Class is for beginners starting with little or no experience and will include reading music as well as tablature, playing chords, basic music theory, and playing songs.
  • You will learn the proper posture for holding your instrument, and the proper technique for playing your instrument
Beginner Violin and Keyboard on Thursdays ............. Time = 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dates = Jan 15 - Apr 2, Fee = $72.00 (12 lessons)
Class description:
  • This Class is for beginners starting with little or no experience and will include reading standard musical notation music , playing chords (kbd), basic music theory, and playing songs.
  • You will learn the proper posture for holding your instrument, and the proper technique for playing your instrument


Intermediate Jazz and Blues Band on Saturdays ........ Time = 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dates - Jan 17 - Apr 4, Fee = $72.00 (12 lessons)
Class Description:
  • This Class is for intermediate students with at least 3 years experience playing. This class will include reading music as well as tablature, playing chords, basic music theory, and playing songs. There will be an emphasis on rock, blues and jazz styles of music and improvisation.
  • Instrumentation: keyboard/piano, guitar, bass (electric or acoustic) trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, french horn, flute and 5 piece drums set.
  • You will learn the proper posture for holding your instrument, and the proper technique for playing your instrument
  • There is no charge for the music. That's right, the music is free. All music necessary for the class will be sent to your email address in .pdf files. You simply print it out and bring it to class. There will be a substantial amount of music sent to you over the 3 to 4 months that the class is normally in session. You are encouraged to to get a 3 ring binder (notebook) and purchase a pack of 25-30 clear plastic insert pages with which to insert and organize your music.

Classes are held at YAMS store. 

Here is the information that I will need if you want to sign up. Email this info to me at: youngamericamusic@gmail.com
  1. NAME
  2. ADDRESS
  3. PHONE #
  4. EMAIL ADDRESS
  5. INSTRUMENT
COST:


STARTING CLASS DESCRIPTION:

  • This Class is for beginners starting with little or no experience and will include reading music as well as tablature, playing chords, basic music theory, and playing songs.
  • Instrumentation: keyboard/piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, baritone ukulele, tenor guitar, banjo, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, french horn, flute electric and acoustic double bass.
  • You will learn the proper posture for holding your instrument, and the proper technique for playing your instrument
  • There is no charge for the music. That's right, the music is free. All music necessary for the class will be sent to your email address in .pdf files. You simply print it out and bring it to class. There will be a substantial amount of music sent to you over the 3 to 4 months that the class is normally in session. You are encouraged to to get a 3 ring binder (notebook) and purchase a pack of 25-30 clear plastic insert pages with which to insert and organize your music.
  • Your music is divided into 5 categories:
    1. Exercises: (Rhythms-Tonguing, Picking & Bowing, Tablature-reading and playing)
    2. Chord Progressions
    3. Scales
    4. Songs
    5. Lessons ( reading and playing standard musical notation, posture and technique for playing your individual instrument)
  • In this class you can move at your own pace because the music is arranged and written in several different parts at graduated skill levels. Thus for each piece of music there will be an easy to play part, a slightly more difficult part,... and so forth. You can choose the level that you want to play at and when you can play all the music at a lower level then you can move up and start playing the same or similar music at a higher (more difficult) level whenever you wish.
  • You can move out of this class into another more advanced class anytime that you wish. You can come as many times as you wish to as many different classes as you wish. Once you sign up, you may come to any and all classes that you wish to. Your monthly fee will still remain at $20.00 per month.
SIGN-UP FOR CLASS:

  • Simply call (478-474-4264) or email to (yams@bellsouth.net) and let us know that you want to take the class. We will sign you up and send you the music for the first class via email. It is absolutely necessary that you let me know otherwise you will not have any music to play from on the first day.
AGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • CLASS: If you are a beginner then you should be at least 10 years old. You may start a little younger if you already play. Younger children (age 6-8 years) can come to this class only if they are accompanied by a parent or someone older who can help them to find their music, place their finders, and in general keep up with the class.  We discourage students age 6-8 years from taking this class because it is so difficult for them to keep up.


COMMENTS:

  • Electric Guitars: If you choose to play electric guitar then you must furnish your own amp and lead chord. Also - be warned, KEEP THE VOLUME DOWN! Electric guitars have a tendency to get louder, and louder, and louder. I will be on you like "ugly on an ape" if you keep turning it up. The acoustic guitars, violins, mandolins, banjos, and ukes can easily be blown away by one single electric guitar player playing too loud....even with a small 10 watt amp. So be considerate of others and keep it turned down. Also keep the amp close to and facing you. Do not point the amp towards me or towards another student in class.
  • If you play trumpet or trombone, then you will need a cup or straight mute. This is because these instruments are very loud and can drown out other instruments.
  • Young America Music Schools does have Rent-to-Own programs for keyboards, violins, and several other instrument. If you would like to find out more about doing a Rent-to-Own on an instrument then just come by or give us a call. Everyone must have their own instrument to practice on at home and bring to class. We do have a few keyboards for the keyboard students to play on while they are in class only. This is because many keyboard students have a piano at home to practice on, and of course they cannot bring it with them to class every week.
  • Guitar players will need to purchase a good capo to use in later classes.
Hope to see you in class!

Emmett