Maqam Class Series: Class 5 – December 28, 2013

Dear Class,

As I wrote in my recent email, this last class was a true milestone in our progress towards conquering the Maqamat. Congrats to all the participants in this class who performed solos – your hard work really showed in your creative singing.

Below the media files is a recap and highlights of the material we covered during the technical portion of our class with my PowerPoint presentation, specifically the hidden backroads of Bayat and the various ways to transition to other Maqamat. Once again, this information is more advanced for those who want to delve deeper.

We re-introduced the concept of Pizmon Improv this past Saturday night. Again, this is using the Pizmon as a springboard to jump into vocal improvisation (Mawal), while using the structure of the song as a basis for the Mawal. I posted an example of that below on both Bayat note 5(A) and note 7(C). This is a great way to practice and develop your own signature style.

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