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Clinic on Raga for Guitar with Jack Gates

  • 2 Mar 2024
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd San Jose, CA 95148

Clinic on Raga for Guitar with Jack Gates

Saturday March 2 at 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

DIRECTIONS: Evergreen Valley High School

This clinic will address with Raga structures that make your guitar music more varied and exciting.  The characteristic note pathways that make Raga so distinctive involve ascending and descending patterns, movement beyond the octave, displaced Pentatonic scales and special “heart phrases” that are repeated. We'll examine Western classical scales and their direct relationship to the raga scales that are found in north and south Indian classical music. Chordal playing is not a part of traditional Raga, but some intriguing sounds can be derived with three and four note chord combinations within the scales. We'll offer call and response playing for all participants in the traditional way.   

Jack Gates is an innovative guitarist and composer who has developed a unique guitar style that embraces flamenco, samba, jazz, classical, raga, and blues.  Jack has performed with Liza Silva, Jeff Narell, Marcos Silva, Chalo Eduardo, David Belove, Monica Pasqual, Silvia Nakkach, Joanne Shenandoah, Quiqe Cruz,  and Kit Walker. Jack's latest recording Ocean Blues features Erik Jekabson, Jeff Cressman, Sheldon Brown, Alan Hall, and Dan Fieszli. His album Bring the Flavors, reached No. 6 on the ZMR playlist in 2017.

A protean guitar player...  takes the guitar to new places at all points on the curve.” --Midwest Records Review, May 2017


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