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Last summer I had the pleasure of participating in Doug Goodkin’s Jazz class. It is a week long and follows a workshop/seminar format where no formal homework or assignments are required. The class takes place every year in July at the San Francisco school where Doug Goodkin teaches music. The class happens in the very music room for that school.
This course reminded me of how important it is for students to engage with quality jazz and and blues music. There are many forms of popular music that surround our students daily. However, many students do not always understand the roots of what is considered by them to be their music. Even the basic structure of the beat is usually missed by many when they go to clap along on accents on 1 and 3 rather than on beats 2 and 4 when listening to rock, pop, blues or jazz. American jazz and blues music is far too often overlooked as the core source for virtually all forms of popular music that our students listen to everyday. In addition, the inclusion of jazz education immerses students in an environment of high quality music that is uniquely North American. Doug Goodkin’s courses fulfills this need in spades.
And there you have it! Now to follow, some other thoughts that wouldn't really fit in the newsletter but I will talk about here because its my blog!
Other thoughts - just because!
It was indeed the perfect guitar for a road trip. It has a solid mahogany top and a good sounding pickup installed, but it is also not too nice. It is, after all, a $200 guitar. Perfect for those days between hotel check-out and check-ins where you can leave it in your trunk and not cry if it gets stolen. I really like the guitar, I would still cry if I lost it, just not as hard or as long if it was my $1000 Martin, which stayed home. During the Jazz course, I did not play it much but I did get the opportunity to plug into my tiny battery powered Vox amp and jam out. Totally worth it! The guitar also functioned beautifully as a hotel room strummer and the Vox amp worked awesome as an iPod dock.
What will happen next summer? JHUI Level III and the Vancouver! The old standby, BC and the Pacific coast, like visiting an old friend.
Doug Goodkin's fantastic resources
Here they are:
Now's The Time