Fluency in Music
Fluency in Music

Fluency in Music

Free Community Music Sessions to Collaborate & Just Play

Hear a new tune, pick up your instrument & immediately play along!

We’re creating opportunities for musicians to gather, share with one another, gain insight from each other’s experiences, and simply, speak Music together

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT SESSION

UPCOMING SESSION

  • Using the Circle of Music to Build Melody & Stories in Sound
  • We will explore the beauty and power of Musical Dice
  • Play with music/songs that you’ve never heard before, on the spot (improv, accompanying, solo)

Saturday, May 11 @ 6:30 pm
~ The Church Project ~

Come with a notebook & song you want to spontaneously learn & play

256 S Broadway Street, Monte Vista
Enter at the white door on the south side, we’ll be upstairs
Come a few minutes early to get setup

  • ~ We will continue discussion on how the Circle of Music is built, and why it matters
  • ~ We'll use the fundamental concepts of harmonic intervals to create an enjoyable improv session with the whole group
  • ~ Spontaneouse Play: Begin discovery of how to play with any music, without having to first learn and/or have the dots
We tailor the focus of the how and what to encourage spontaneous group play, establishing chordal foundation, harmony, and then add improv’d melody

The goal is to develop experienced-based answers to the questions:
“How do I just know what to play?””
“How can I play without knowing the song/having the sheet music?”
“How does a group of varied instruments play together spontaneously?”

Our hope is to encourage everyone to dance with their instruments, express through Music fluently, and relish the energy unique to music in a group

  • If those in attendance are inclined, we can also pick a tune of interest to improv and accompany as a group, or compose our own 
  • If there is something specifically that anyone would find useful, please let send a note and we’ll do our best to incorporate

The Value of Improv

Being able to play without needing the dots, or having to have learned the piece ahead of time, requires fluency
 
Learning to speak Music fluently is most successfully achieved in the same way a new human acquires spoken language. The crazy thing is, we are all native Music speakers; it’s our first language. All of us. Some of us just got so focused on learning our second language (spoken word) that Music stepped back for a while.
 
Like our spoken languages, music is comprised of frequency in sound, and we label those sounds just like we do in spoken language
  • Music’s letters are tones. Tones are frequencies.
    When we bring those tones together in various combinations, we get words.
  • Words are harmonies. When we create a sequence of harmonies, we get a sentence. And when we string together sentences, phrases emerge. Phrases lead to paragraphs, expressions of a concept that contain relevant detail to bring understanding. Songs discover and share a concept, and weave details into understanding.
When we speak, we share an understanding with another. When we speak Music, we spin our stories into melody and share our experiences of life with one another, across time and space. 

Interested in joining the conversation?

Come make music with us!