Matt MacIsaac Workshop

December 2nd 2017, 9am
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Workshop price $45 ($55 including lunch)
Only 30 places available!

Matt MacIsaac is originally from Cape Breton, and now lives in Ontario. Blending a mix of highland pipes, whistles, flute, guitar, 5-string banjo and percussion, he pushes the limits of his hands in creating a unique sound in traditional music.

Topics covered at this workshop:

  • Rhythm: Exploring Time Signatures and The Common Mistakes We All Make
  • Timing: Meter versus Tempo: What is the difference?
  • Metronomes: How to Use Them Effectively (and Musically!)
  • Writing: Medley Composition HInts and Tips
  • Writing: Harmony, Melody and Counter Melody

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Part One

Rhythm: Exploring Time Signatures and The Common Mistakes We All Make

We’ll take a look at the most commonly used time signatures – 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8 and 2/2. We’ll identify some of the most commonly made mistakes that happen more often than you think, and how to avoid them.

Timing: Meter versus Tempo: What is the difference?

Meter and tempo are very different from one another but both must be fully understood in order to really improve our timing. We’ll talk about both and the differences between them, and how they affect our playing.

Metronomes: How to Use Them Effectively (and Musically!)

Many people shun the use of metronomes when practising or playing their instrument, citing various reasons, the biggest being: it isn’t musical! Not only can metronomes be extremely useful, they can and will improve your musicality. First, though, we have to explore what being musical means to each of us.

Part Two

Writing: Medley Composition Hints and Tips

There have been some fantastic medleys put together by various bands, for various reasons. We’ll look at what makes a medley great, and what doesn’t, as well as some tips for lower grade bands to add colour to their selections without adding complexity.

Writing: Harmony, Melody and Counter Melody

The most interactive part of the workshop, we’ll explore harmony and melody and how they intertwine to evoke emotions in the listener. Bring your practice chanter!