Rebetiko Guitar

by Theodora Athanassiou

Feb 7 - Mar 3
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$128 $118 before Jan 31


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This course will acquaint you with the guitar style unique to rebetiko, which rests heavily on the relationship of rhythmic bass with melody and chords. We will focus on rebetiko guitar both as solo and accompaniment instrument.  This course is for students who already play guitar, though not necessarily rebetiko, though a familiarity with the music is helpful. By playing melodies, we will learn rebetiko scales (dromoi) and makam theory. We will investigate ways of harmonizing these scales, as well as the rhythmic patterns used in their accompaniment. We will devote special attention to the bass line, which has three purposes: melody, harmony and rhythm.  At the end of this course, students will have learned exercises for pick technique, melodic and rhythmic exercises on the fretboard, various style-specific solo and accompaniment techniques, a diverse repertoire, an understanding of alternating solo/accompaniment roles, various guitar tunings based on the scales, and the concept of rebetiko improvisation. Repertoire includes compositions from the early rebetiko period (pre-WWII), as well as some post war recordings ('40s and '50s). 

Student requirements:
Instrumental technique: basic
Western theory: basic
Modal music theory: basic
Sight reading: basic
Transposition: intermediate
Learning by ear: intermediate
Composition: any level
Improvisation: basic

Class Schedule

Class Schedule: In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.

Feb 708:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 1008:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 1408:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 1708:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2108:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2408:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2808:00 PM10:00 PM
Mar 308:00 PM10:00 PM