We've been doing the workshop all Fall and Winter, and have been steadily working towards learning theory and ways to put it to practice. We've been doing a lot of ear training and practicing scales.
Tonight we had a parent bring pizza, so we sat around, and talked theory. We looked at chord symbol nomenclature, and the common substitutions and alterations for the Major, minor, and Dominant chord/scales. Then we put the dorian minor scales to use in a three chord 24 measure exercise. We had each player play entirely solo, with no accompaniment, and try to make clear melodic, and rhythmic statements in minor.
Tomorrow, Tuesday night, we're playing at Steve's Guitars, in Carbondale, from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM. Bob Levey will be on drums (and Bob's brother will sit in on drums, too), Mark Gray will play bass, Justin Pfeiffer will play piano, and I'll play trumpet. Should be fun. Hope to see you there.