Acoustic Guitar Techniques ‣

Seminar: Acoustic Guitar Techniques

Acoustic guitar has a rich history in American music culture. It s one of the most popular instruments in the world. As such, it is one of the easiest to pick up yet one of the hardest to master. Three chords allows access to numerous popular songs yet how to own them and turn them into your own statement is as vast as your knowledge base will allow.

Todd's goal in this seminar is to sharpen technique and take players of all levels to their next musical plateau. Drawing on a vast knowledge of experience and three ground breaking books on Guitar Techniques For Songwriters, he provides attendees a set of highly simplified tools which cracks open the code to more refined playing.

Simplifying basic open position guitar chords into 3 basic shapes, he teaches quick repetitive motion and memorization skills to develop left hand and right hand coordination. This is then applied to a standard tune.

Right hand strumming development is worked on next with a few ancient techniques which have been used to...


Lecture Demo: Comparative Study In Classical North Indian & Traditional Jazz Improvisational Forms ‣

A comparative analysis between the similarities, differences, developments and advancements of improvisational instrumental found in North India and North America. In depth analysis of the Raga and the Jazz forms as a base for improvisation.

Mosby is one of a handful of musicians capable of translating the connections between India, western musics roots and its development in America.

His years of private study and performances with Ustadt Imrat Khan, a living legend of Classical North Indian music, as well as studies at Berklee College of Music, research at Webster University and 20 years performance experience as a top flight performer of Indian and Jazz music gives Todd unique insights into the workings of these two great improvisational art forms.

As the personal guest lecturer of Ustadt Imrat Khan at Washington University for over six years, Mosby delivers lectures which engage, educate and entertain students and connoisseurs at all levels.

Topics Covered

  • Classical North Indian music and western music: historical overview
  • Scales...

Guest: Speaker & Composer In Residence ‣

Todd will come and be a featured guest composer/lecturer to set either his current CD arrangements for On Eagle Mountain on student ensembles for a live performance, or one of his hybrid compositions dealing with the improvisational fusion of Indian raga and Traditional Jazz in a world music context. This is a unique way to explore compositional structure as a basis for improvisational frame work in real time.

Typical lecture includes:

  • Charted arrangements of compositions from current CD
  • Discussion of inner and outer form as basis for structural improv.
  • Scales, ragas and note choices
  • alap and rubato introductions
  • Ensemble cohesion and overall group dynamic

Mosby also works with new music and chamber ensembles in an educational setting as well as a community setting for offering new works in the field of choir, chamber orchestra, string quartet and symphonic works.

Works of this nature include:

  • Eagle Mountain for full orchestra
  • Theme & Variation in 6 Parts for...

Master Class: Guitar Rigs & Pedal Boards ‣

Having a command of the skills needed to get the most from your guitar, amp and pedal board rig is essential to any contemporary guitarist serious about their sound. This seminar provides guitarists with an overview of the skills and signature sound traits needed to be convincing in jazz, blues, rock, country and pop.

A look into the common characteristics found in classic tube amps as well as the characteristic woods found in the classic electric guitars opens this clinic.

An examination of the four effect groups; gain based, modulation based, ambient based and filter based as well as their common order is then explored. In addition, and the most common order of placement in the pedal chain and then look at each individual processing effect.

Last we will study the pedal board rigs common to the blues, rock, jazz, country and pop genres of music in order to get a more convincing sound for each style.

By the end of the seminar you will be able to understand the factors that determine a guitar and amplifier's tonal characteristics, identify how effects are...


Master Class: Advanced Improvisation ‣

Develop your instrumental soloing & performance skills by learning advanced techniques to improvise over chord changes, both in traditional jazz standards and complex modern harmony.

Advanced Improvisation explores advanced techniques that great jazz guitarists use in order to improvise over chord changes. Topics included cover rhythmic considerations as well as effective use of scales, arpeggios, and modes. Altered pentatonic scales, across-the-bar-line phrasing, diminished scales, melodic tension on dominant chords, blues in jazz, and nonfunctional harmonic improvisation.

Some comping and chords are covered but it is assumed this knowledge has been assimilated. Ways to gain a more complete knowledge of the guitar fretboard will be addressed as this is a major component and barrier to learning improvisation.

Topics covered will be catered to audience level of understanding.


Master Class: Advanced Blues Guitar ‣

A solid blues understanding provides instant added depth to any guitarists signature bag of tricks which can then be applied to any other style of music-jazz, rock, pop, classical. Guitarists with this basic foundation gain control in harmony, form, feel, time and rhythm and improvisation.

The basic 12-bar blues harmony and some of its derivations explored along with some basic rhythm guitar groove technique in order to navigate form, basic chord movement and turns arounds.

Next a method for learning the basic major and minor pentatonic scale from the open position thru its relative five positions is explored as well as the blues scale. Classic riffs from blues greats BB King, Magic Slim and Buddy Guy are then applied to aid learning and finger board knowledge.

Topics covered will be catered to audience level of understanding.


Master Class: Bossa Nova Rhythm & Chords ‣

This clinic introduces guitarists to the beautifully hip guitar chords characteristic to this style of music as well as its rhythmic characteristics. Its adaptabily into modern and use into modern american music culture is then given has been felt for generations.

An brief history into Bossa Nova’s historical roots in samba, its rise to popularity in America in the 60‘s and its continued influence and adaptions into pop, rock, jazz and contemporary music of today is given. This will a

This lecture introduces the role of bossa nova guitar as a solo instrument and its relation to the other instruments in the groove, the 6 basic bossa nova guitar chord forms, and the proper right hand rhythmic technique.

These can then be expanded upon to for use in any other style of music bringing an added depth and dimension to your playing.



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