A Hands-On Arrangement Workshop for all musicians by Grammy Nominated Composer, Arranger & Performer

Deborah Henson-Conant

Arrangement is about learning the building blocks of musical structure.
Once you know the basics, you can turn any melody into a ‘piece,’
or turn a piece into anything from a jazz improvisation to a meditation.”
– Deborah Henson-Conant –

DHC Hands-On Harp Workshop - Arles, France

Tue. Mar. 29  •  Shedd Institute for Arts  •  7-10pm

868 High Street – Eugene, OR 97440
Hands-On Participants: $35 / Auditors: $20
Call for Tix & Info: 541-434-7000

Whether you play classical, folk or improvisatory jazz – whether you’re performing for an audience of thousands or at the bedside of a friend – the skill and art of arrangement is one of the most important skills you can have as a musician. Once you know the basics of arrangement, you can turn any melody into a ‘piece,’ you can vary the length and even change that arrangement on the spot if needed.

In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of arrangement structure, how to use that structure at any skill level, in any style and on any instrument. You’ll learn how to simplify a piece for situations where you want to sooth your audience – or how to make it more dynamic for situations where you really want to shine. You’ll learn how to expand – or condense – a piece from the front, back or middle. You’ll also learn how to create simple bass patterns to support a melody, and how to create a simple ‘vamp’ to use for anything from jazz improvisation to meditation.

Deborah Henson-Conant is an award-winning composer and performer who specializes in the development and arrangement of music for harp, chamber ensemble, orchestra and music-theater. She’s the world’s leading electric harpist, publishes works for solo harp, piano-vocal, chamber ensemble, symphony and is well-known as an improvisor and collaborative musician, working in projects from Early-Music to Jazz.

And for musical-dessert you’ll come away at least one cool jazz lick to impress your friends.

This workshop is open all solo instrumentalist (vocalists also welcome). Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. Auditors are also welcome

Tue. Mar. 29  •  Shedd Institute for Arts  •  7-10pm

868 High Street – Eugene, OR 97440
Hands-On Participants: $35 / Auditors: $20
Call for Tix & Info: 541-434-7000

p.s. from Deborah: I know all these pix below are with harps, but I promise this workshop isn’t only for harpists – although there will probably be many harpists there !  These are just the only photos we had handy.

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