Performance Groups

ARE YOU DREAMING OF PLAYING IN A BAND?

ARE YOU ACHING TO TRADE LICKS WITH OTHER MUSICIANS?

ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR A SUPPORTIVE MUSICAL SCENE?

Speedy Beers is now offering professional coaching for small groups, specifically tailored to each musicians' abilities and interests. Speedy will coach Rock groups, Jazz Combos, Fiddle Bands, and Classical String Ensembles.

Novice to advanced players welcome!

Placements are available for musicians who play guitar, violin, mandolin, bass, viola, cello, sax, trumpet, flute, keyboard and drums. Groups are conducted in a large private, professional studio.

Speedy invites novice through advanced players to contact him for audition and placement.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Rhythm Guitar
  • Basic chords in the key of C, D, E, F, G and A.
  • Bar chords: Major, Minor, and Seventh.
  • Power chord fingerings.
Lead Guitar Same as Rhythm Guitar above, plus:
  • Pentatonic scales fingering #1 and #2.
Bass Guitar
  • Triads in the keys of C, D, E, F, G and A.
Keyboards
  • Triads and 7th chords in the keys of C, D, E, F, G and A.
  • Must know how to read music.
  • Major and minor pentatonic scales in the keys of C, D, E, F, G and A.
Drums
  • Know how to play basic rock-n-roll beats.
Fiddle, Mandolin,
Viola, Cello
  • Scales in the keys of C, G, D, and A.
  • Have basic note reading skills through Suzuki Volume one.
  • To improvise you will need to know your Pentatonic scales in the above keys.
Guitar
  • Chords in the keys of C, G, D, and A.
  • To improvise you will need to know your Pentatonic scales in the above keys.
Bass Guitar
  • Triads in the keys of C, D, G and A.
Keyboards
  • Basic chords in the keys of C, G, D, and A.
  • Must know how to read music.
  • Major and minor pentatonic scales in the keys of C, G, D, and A.
Drums
  • Have some drum set facility.
All Instruments
(except drums)
Prerequisite:   Speedy's 12-week course in Jazz Theory

You should know the major scales on your instrument.

Scales that will be studied and used:
  • Major
  • Major Pentatonic
  • Minor Pentatonic
  • Blues
  • Major seven
  • Dominant seven
  • Dorian minor
  • Diminished
  • Whole tone

See the page on Diatonic Scale Degrees for Improvising on Chords for more information on these scales.

Additionally...
GuitarDiatonic jazz chords in all five positions.
BassThree and four note arpeggios in diatonic order for all five positions.
KeyboardsDiatonic jazz chords in all keys.
DrumsPlay swing, latin, jazz waltz.
Beginning Reading skill through book one Suzuki or equivalent
Intermediate Reading skill through book three Suzuki or equivalent
Advanced Reading skill through book four Suzuki or equivalent

Monthly payments for performance groups are due in advance. You will pay $60 per month at the rate of $15 per hour session. Speedy's students pay a discount rate of $40 per month at the rate of $10 per hour session. This is a monthly fee. No payment will be accepted for a single session.

Attention Teachers: Please read this special note regarding performance groups.

Contact Speedy for questions or other information regarding performance groups and coaching.