ABOUT THE GIG
ABOUT THE GIG
At the Gig Center, music students work together as a band under the guidance of our faculty. Our spacious, fully-equipped facilities include two separate rehearsal studios, plus ample room to relax and socialize. We provide an educational, fun, supportive environment for learning to create music as a group.
Striking a Balance
Students are musically engaged for a high percentage of the time at each rehearsal. The availability of multiple instructors and studios allows students to work on various skills individually or in small groups while they’re not actively rehearsing a particular song. Downtime is limited to breaks needed for social interaction and sustaining levels of attention, energy, and enthusiasm.
Each session has a musical theme, so students have an idea of what they’ll be playing. We determine song selection and create playable arrangements that address the musical strengths and interests of our students. We’ll change keys to accommodate our singers, and we welcome brass and woodwind players in addition to students of all standard rock-band instruments.
Each Gig Center session runs for about 16-20 weeks, and culminates in a live performance at a local venue. Students meet weekly for a 2.5 hour rehearsal. Sessions will tend to run approximately from October thru January and February thru May. We offer summer programs as well.
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The 90's: Girl Rockers, Nirvana, RHCP
This Gig is a collection of great songs from the 90’s. We’ll focus on both the hugely influential punk and grunge bands like Green Day, Nirvana, and RHCP, as well as female vocalists and groups like 4 Non Blondes, Natalie Imbruglia, Tracey Chapman, Meredith Brooks, Sara McLachlan, Susan Vega, Ace of Base and The Cardigans.
Classic & Contemporary
|On Tuesdays, intermediate to advanced musicians will learn songs as a band with the goal of presenting a polished, diverse, professional live set. The song selections will be determined based on the group's interests, and developed according to each student’s ability. Some experience may be required.|
Some of the best songs ever written are “three-chord wonders”. They range from introspective ballads to epic rock anthems – and everything in between. Many are easy to play, while others are vehicles for complex musical experimentation. This Gig will draw from popular artists like the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Tom Petty. But the prevalence of the three-chord format allows us to also consider songs from a wide range of sources, like Pearl Jam, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, T Rex, AC/DC and others.
This Gig will explore the final year of the iconic Fillmore East and West concert venues. In 1971, The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, CCR, Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, Santana, Jethro Tull, Elton John and even the Beach Boys were headliners for the legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Take a musical journey back to the heyday of these classic rockers.
Moods & Grooves
Van Morrison sang, “I can hear her heart beat from a thousand miles”. This Gig - a mood and groove study - will focus on songs from singers and writers that strike that kind of special chord. We’ll explore material from roots-rockers like Van Morrison, John Mayer, Bryan Adams, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell and Ben Harper, and jazz-influenced artists like Sade, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones. We’ll feature deep grooves and well-crafted songs that range from the introspective to the harder rocking.
For less-experienced students looking to play in a band – even beginners – we offer a special program of private and semi-private instruction. These lessons focus exclusively on building the most-needed skills for Gig Center enrollment. If you’re not ready for the Gig yet, we’ll help get you there asap.
Our fully equipped rehearsal spaces may be rented out, pending availability. If your band is looking for a great place to practice, please contact us for additional info. (203) 292-8934. email@example.com