Private course: Gypsy jazz, jazz, pop or classical guitar
Christine gives private guitar courses in Montreal. Her preferred field is gypsy jazz and jazz, but depending on the style the student wishes to develop, she can also teach classical guitar, electric guitar, song accompaniment, as well as harmony, solfege and music theory. In short, she adapts her teaching to your needs and tries above all to give you the pleasure to play music!
Gypsy jazz guitar workshops in group - on request
You are a guitarist and you have other guitarist friends who would be interested to discover gypsy jazz or improve their knowledge of style? On request, Christine offers two Gypsy jazz workshops, one at beginner level and the other at intermediate level. The group must consist of a minimum of 3 people.
Beginner : "pompe" learning (rhythm), some easy standards (Minor swing, Swing gitan, Les yeux noirs etc…), approach to improvisation.
Intermediate : revision of the "pompe", enrichment of chords, improvisation phrases typical of the style, implementation on typical pieces of the repertoire.
Students must have reached a good level on guitar (be able to play chords), but do not have to know gypsy jazz to participate to the beginner workshop.
Each workshop lasts two hours. The date and level of the workshop are chosen based on the availability of the group. Workshops are held only if the number of students registered is sufficient, but the number of places is limited to 10 people to ensure the quality of the workshop.
Workshop / Masterclass
Length: 60 to 120 min (flexible)
Participants: up to 15 students per workshop
Required : each student must bring his or her musical instrument, note taking material or a recording tool.
(Photo Jeffrey Mac Millan: Django musical summer camp where Christine has been teaching since 2013)
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures offer group workshops for musicians eager to learn gypsy jazz or improve their playing. These workshops can be given in the context of a festival, at a university, in a concert hall or conservatory – as a complementary activity to an evening show. Workshops can take a number of forms:
Workshop attended by the four band members
A workshop designed particularly for guitarists, violinists and double bassists, our instruments. Nonetheless, anyone playing a melodic instrument (clarinet, accordion, and mandolin) will benefit from this teaching.
In turn, each band member will present their instrument characteristics and its playing as it relates to the gypsy jazz style. The topics we’ll cover are guitar rhythm, double bass accompaniment, guitar and violin solo playing. One or two standards will be taught to participants before they are played in a jam-session led by the four musicians.
It will be also an opportunity to learn more about the band’s history, each member’s musical background, the instruments played in gypsy jazz and their role in building up melody and beat…
Specific instrument workshop
Each band member can also give workshops specific to their instrument and tailor them to students who already have a good knowledge/practice of that instrument:
- Lead guitar and rhythmic workshop :
Covered topics: learning of gypsy jazz rhythmic idiom (“la pompe manouche”, the pump…), overview of the chords that style uses, typical phrases, improvisation – everything is put into practice around some musical themes of the repertoire… all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere!
- Violin/mandolin workshop
- Bass/double bass workshop