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SUMMER 22 BANDS

Our new summer shows are Creedence Clearwater, Kiss, Pink Floyd, & Nirvana.


Please note the following dates:
The Midseason show is July 23, 2022
The End of Season Shows will be the weekend of September 17.


SHOW 1 - Creedence Clearwater Revival
There are few shows we offer that are as purely educational as this one. Every song is a tutorial on rhythm section groove, economical lead guitar, and vocal expressiveness. CCR is accessible enough for beginners - you can feel confident steering recent 101 grads here - but can challenge even advanced players, and the songs are really fun. The band had tons of hits, so those songs will form the foundation of the set - but there are some killer deep cuts and covers that redefined the originals as well.

SHOW 1  Concepts by Instrument
GUITAR 
These songs present an adrenaline-filled rocker that is perfect for beginner/intermediate players to work on both rhythm and lead playing through Chord Fills,  Melodic Solos, & Easy Strumming during the verses and choruses.

BASS 
This is a great show to get beginner/intermediate bassists and drummers working together to lock down the groove. No Matter what the CCR song may be, the bass is always rock solid!

DRUMS 
This is a great show for new to intermediate drummers.

VOCALS
These songs may seem vocally intimidating but they are more about feeling and less about technical expertise. This is a great show to help vocalists discover the emotions behind the music and build confidence while singing some fun and passionate vocal parts. There are also several songs featuring great multi-part harmonies.

KEYS 
These songs are great for beginner/intermediate keys players.

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SHOW 2 - Pink Floyd’s SHOW DESCRIPTION:
An overview of Pink Floyd’s career. We will spend some time on production of the show too. Who knows, maybe we'll have actual flying pigs!

SHOW 2  PINK FLOYD SHOW Musical Concepts by Instrument
GUITAR 
This show is definitely for the more advanced player or anyone looking for a guitar challenge.

BASS 
The Blues influence in Pink Floyd calls for walking bass lines and 12 bar blues. Mainly geared towards the more intermediate students who are ready to combine a multitude of techniques and concepts.

DRUMS 
This show will challenge most drummers. We will showcase the use of many unique percussion instruments. Use of cowbell and mallet instruments will provide new sounds to students. Drummers can stretch their limb independence, with complex groves, and syncopation.

VOCALS 
The unique vocal sound of Pink Floyd is great for all singers: beginner to advance. The high use of head voice all the way down to the chest and everything in between helps students expand their range. The legendary sound is great for students to work on all of the different parts and sounds of the voice.

KEYS 
Being a progressive rock band, Pink Floyd used a lot of electronic sounds. The keys in this season will be challenged with brass and horns. Lots of different keys sounds, such as sawtooth, synth and organ. This show helps students bring both hands together for a great keys showcase with 7th and 9th chords.

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SHOW 3  KISS SHOW  DESCRIPTION
Love them or hate them Kiss is an iconic band that evokes a smile from everyone. This is a show where the whole family will have fun. Beyond the visual spectacle, Kiss is a band with a surprisingly diverse catalog that requires some serious musicianship. Students at every level will find something to challenge themselves with.

SHOW 3  KISS Musical Concepts by Instrument
GUITAR
There will be parts for all levels of guitar players. Strong rhythm and lead parts for everyone. Stylistically Kiss incorporated a lot of minor pentatonic scales, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.

BASS
New and intermediate Bass players will enjoy this group.

DRUMS
The impact that a drummer has on the sound of a band is obvious in this show.  Rudimental drumming and soulful rhythms are contrasted with songs needing a heavy-handed approach.

VOCALS
Kiss is unique in that it has always featured all four members of the band on lead vocals. There are growling vocals and great harmonies. There will be a  wide array of stylings and ranges ensuring there is something suitable for every student in the show.

KEYS
Being a guitar driven band Kiss has never relied heavily upon keyboards. That’s not to say they were never used. Their biggest hit, “Beth” was a ballad featuring only piano and vocals.

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SHOW 4  -  NIRVANA SHOW DESCRIPTION
Solid show for newer to intermediate performers. Lots of power chords for newer guitar players and a good opportunity to teach about guitar effects. Drum parts can be fairly challenging. This show is great for players to learn and apply dynamics.

SHOW 4 -  NIRVANA  Musical Concepts by Instrument
GUITAR 
Kurt relied on mostly power chords for many of the songs.  “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has an iconic melodic solo.  “Come As You Are” features an easy beginner solo with bends.  For more advanced players listen to “Serve the Servants”. “Come As You Are” features a chorus pedal.

BASS
Krist Novoselic had a fairly unique and aggressive bass style.  “All Apologies” features a 7th chord arpeggio.  “On a Plane” uses string skipping and the Dorian scale. "About a Girl” utilizes octaves.  All songs are played with a pick.

DRUMS
Dave Grohl’s bombastic style is well known, but he was also able to play tastefully.  “Aneurysm” uses a single stroke roll as well as syncopated fills (a Grohl trademark).  For their covers of Bowie’s “Man Who Sold the World” and Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” Grohl used rods.  “Smells Like Teen Spirit” features the iconic syncopated kick and snare fill.

VOCALS 
Vocally, Cobain relied on belting for most of his songs. “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For a Sunbeam” has a close harmony.

KEYS 
While there aren’t any true key parts, the cello/strings parts can be easily reproduced using a keyboard.“Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For a Sunbeam” (live version) also features an accordion part that could be easily reproduced on keys.

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