Swing and Gypsy Jazz Violin with James Mason

Swing and Gypsy Jazz Violin with James Mason

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Swing and Gypsy Jazz Violin Workshop with James Mason

Here is your chance to have a masterclass/workshop with one of the very finest in the country(world!), James Mason.  This will be a rare and very special workshop because James chooses not to teach privately.  So, consider this a treat and honor to have him share his Jazz Violin and Swing Fiddle concepts with you!

In this two hour workshop, James will share his thoughts on how he approaches playing by ear, how to listen and play.  Learn some of his favorite tricks, licks including double stops, chromatics, harmonics, triplet runs, and methods for developing your intuition along with technique to navigate through blazing fiddle tunes to more complex swing jazz chord progressions. 


James will spend time on fingerings and bow techniques(including that special crazy one!!!), with demonstrations on how to apply them in various contexts.  He will also have students do some active listening/analysis to a few examples of the masters.  Swinging on the violin/fiddle is not easy, James will help you swing like a champ!

A special emphasis, which a lot of teachers shy away from, will be on musical phrasing.  James will get students thinking more about phrasing, timing, and rhythmic concepts.  Also, James will teach his note-shaping ideas that are easily approachable and students will be jamming and applying over a few different tunes including an easy swing blues, jazz ballad, and a burner like Sweet Georgia Brown.

This will be a very unique workshop! All levels are welcome to attend. 

Get swingin' with 2014 National Swing Fiddle Champion, James Mason!

We will limit to 10 students to keep it personal and intimate. There will be a short 10 minute intermission with snacks provided.  Also, a great opportunity to meet and chat with other like minded players in the swing/jazz community.

Saturday June 8th, 2019 (one day only! )3-5pm

At the Happy Valley School of Music

Located: 10555 SE 82nd Ave #102, Happy Valley OR 97086
For more info, contact Tracy Kim at (503)236-8613

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