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THE BAND EXPERIENCE

 
  • Adult rock and blues band workshops.     We put the band together for you.
  • Work with an experienced instructor.        Refine your playing skills.
  • Take your playing to the next level.            All musicians matched by playing level.
  • Questions: email musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com or call 212-239-7054

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Perform on a Friday evening at The Bitter End
Level 3.0 to 4.5
Not seeing the workshop of your dreams offered? Do you see an advertised workshop and like the rehearsal schedule and Musical Director but not the theme? Music Makers offers Semi Custom & Custom Workshops. Here's how it works: You have 3 band members (required), a theme in mind, a day and time you'd like to rehearse and a Musical Director you'd like to work with. We'll post your semi custom workshop to our website and advertise to fill the remaining slots. All 3 semi custom band members would need to complete registration. Here's what's included: 16 hours of rehearsal in a premium Music Makers studio, one of our fantastic Musical Directors, a Friday night gig at The Bitter End, full backline, tech at the show and 2 FREE tickets per person to the performance. MM takes care of everything. If you have 5 band members willing to register at the same time, it's a done deal, no further advertising for additional band members required.
Tuesday 6:30 to 8:30
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1
Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Bitter End
Level 3.0 to 3.5
Are you into bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Journey, Guns N' Roses, & The Beatles?! Then this CLASSIC ROCK workshop is the one for you! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will best highlight the band's talents!
Musical Director: Sergio Ortega

Tuesday 7:30-9:30
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1
Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
This workshop will focus on JAZZ STANDARDS such as "All of Me", "Days of Wine and Roses", "Fly Me to the Moon" plus many more! Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents!
Musical Director: Baden Goyo

Wednesday 7:30-9:30
3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2

Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Bitter End
Level 3.0 to 3.5
This BLUES WORKSHOP will include a variety of blues artists such as B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Bessie Smith, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins plus MORE! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents.
Musical Director: Baden Goyo

Thursday 6:30-8:30
3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Bitter End
Level 3.0 to 3.5
This 80'S ROCK workshop will feature those classic 80's rock tunes we all know and love! Such as "Livin' On a Prayer", "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Bringin' on the Heartbreak", and more! Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents.
Musical Director:Baden Goyo

Monday 7:30-9:30
3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30

Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Bitter End
Level 2.5 to 3.0
This BLUES ROCK workshop will include music by artists like The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Beth Hart and more! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents.
Musical Director:Sergio Ortega
Monday 8 - 10 pm 11/6, 11/13, 11/20
Tuesday 6:30 to 9:30 11/28 & 12/5

Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
It's all about The Beatles. So many great songs to choose from we can't name them all here.... Hey Jude, Yesterday, Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, Revolution, Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps & More. Musical Director: Kelley Kelley
Tuesday
8:00 - 10:00 11/7; 6:30 - 8:30 11/14, 11/21
6:30 - 9:30 11/28, 12/5
Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
Level to 3.5
It's all about JAZZ. Challenge your musical skills and broaden your swingin' horizon with artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and more. Musical Director: Baden Goyo
Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 11/8, 11/15, 11/22
6:30 to 9:30 11/29, 12/6
Performance: Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
This workshop is all about the blues....BB King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Johnson, Rolling Stones, Junior Wells and many other blues legends. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents. Musical Director: Baden Goyo

Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
6:30 - 9:30 11/30, 12/7

Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
Kelley suggested this theme. Are you up for the challenge......Stone Temple Pilot's .Foo Fighters Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, Sublime, Third Eye Blind, Spin Doctors, Dishwalla, Beck. Musical Director: Kelley Kelley
Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00
11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21
Level 2.0 to 3.0
Classic Rock & Blues tunes will be covered. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! Learn the ins and outs of what's going on in each song. Determine what key the song is in, how to solo over the changes, find the right rhythm to play and sing along with the other instruments. This workshop does not involve a performance so you can focus on ensemble instruction and band dynamics.

Vocalists: feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song.
Guitar Players: learn how to use technique and effects to compliment or lead the band's sound. Bass Players: learn how to lay the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the band.
Drummers: learn to lay the rhythmic foundation alongside the bassist, driving the band forward with percussion.
Keyboard players: enrich the band's sound with an assortment of synthesized sounds.

Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. A wide variety of rock and blues tunes are covered. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The band will play the songs to determine where everyone is at musically.
6:30 - 8:30
Tues: 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, & Thursday 12/14
Level 2.0 to 3.0
Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! Learn the ins and outs of what's going on in each song. Determine what key the song is in, how to solo over the changes, find the right rhythm to play and sing along with the other instruments. This workshop does not involve a performance so you can focus on ensemble instruction and band dynamics. It will get you ready for the next step, The Band Experience 3.0.

Vocalists: feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song.
Guitar Players: learn how to use technique and effects to compliment or lead the band's sound. Bass Players: learn how to lay the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the band. Drummers: learn to lay the rhythmic foundation alongside the bassist, driving the band forward with percussion. Keyboard players: enrich the band's sound with an assortment of synthesized sounds.

Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. A wide variety of rock and blues tunes are covered. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The band will play the songs to determine where everyone is at musically. Musical Director: Jason Cohen
Performance: at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
The Black Crowes, Lynard Skynard, 38 Special, The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gov't Mule, The Georgia Satallites, Marshall Tucker Band, JJ Cale, ZZ TopPure Prairie League, Outlaws, Little Feat. Each workshop band consists of 1 or 2 vocals, 2 guitars & keyboard or 3 guitars & no keyboard, bass, drums, harp, horn, other. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. We encourage everyone to bring 2 song suggestions to the first session. Your Musical director will take your suggestions into consideration. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands talents. Musical Director: Sergio Ortega
Performance:at The Bitter End
Level 3.5 to 4.0
We’re rocking the 80s. Cars to Culture Club, Bon Jovi, Queen, U2, Madonna, Duran Duran just to name a few. Each workshop band consists of vocals, guitars, keys, bass, drums, harp, horn, other. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents. Musical Director: Sharon Heller

Performance:at The Bitter End
Level 3.0 to 3.5
British Invasion....Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Yardbirds, Zombies, Animals.Troggs, Moody Blues, Cream just to name a few. Each workshop band consists of vocals, guitars, keys, bass, drums, harp, horn, other. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents. Musical Director: Jon Glicksman

Performance:at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
How about.......REM, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Blondie, Police, Clash, Talking Heads, Cars, Pretenders, Police, Clash, INXS & more. Each workshop band consists of vocals, guitars, keys, bass, drums, harp, horn, other. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents. Musical Director: Kelley Kelley

Performance: at The Bitter End
Level 3.5+
We’re rocking the 80s. Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Blondie, Talking Heads, Cars, Pretenders, Police, Clash, INXS & more. Each workshop band consists of 1 or 2 vocals, 2 guitars & keyboard or 3 guitars & no keyboard, bass, drums, harp, horn, other. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. We encourage everyone to bring 2 song suggestions to the first session. Your Musical director will take your suggestions into consideration. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents. Musical Director: Kelley Kelley

Level 3.0 to 3.5
This class will explore the differences between playing blues in a rock/folk context and playing it within a jazz framework. We will explore the characteristics that make the blues sound different in jazz music and will work on these elements one by one in order to incorporate those sounds into our playing. The focus will be on the harmonic changes and how it will provide the basic tools to improvise with a jazzy flavor. It's a great opportunity as a first approach to jazz music. All blues lovers are welcome to this workshop even if you don't have any experience with jazz before! Instructor: Baden Goyo
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Level 2.0 to 3.0
This workshop covers a wide variety of rock & blues. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! Learn band dynamics! Learn the ins and outs of what's going on in each song. Determine what key the song is in, how to solo over the changes, find the right rhythm to play and sing along with the other instruments. For vocalists, this workshop will allow you to feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song. For guitarists, you will learn how to use technique and effects to compliment or lead the band's sound. For bassists, you will learn how to lay the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the band. For drummers, you will also learn to lay the rhythmic foundation alongside the bassist, driving the band forward with percussion. For keyboardists, you will learn to enrich the band's sound with an assortment of synthesized sounds. Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. Instructor: Baden Goyo
Level 3.0 to 3.5
Explore the jazz genre in a friendly and relaxed environment. Rhythmic feel in jazz music, traditional jazz chords/harmonies, how to play along with the band (or comping) in a swing situation and a brief introduction to the improvisation process. Play and learn some of the greatest all time Jazz standards. Tunes from: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Mile Davis, Thelonious Monk, and many other Jazz figures will be taken. We will focus on a short list of tunes, but exploring its critical elements deeply in order to fully understand the songs and be able to sound good both playing and improvising over them! Instructor: Baden Goyo
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Level 2.0 to 3.0
This workshop covers a wide variety of rock & blues. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! Learn band dynamics! Learn the ins and outs of what's going on in each song. Determine what key the song is in, how to solo over the changes, find the right rhythm to play and sing along with the other instruments. This workshop allows vocalists to feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song. Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. This workshop will get you ready for the next step, a performance workshop.
Level +
Students will explore the genre in a friendly, non-judgmental environment. This 101 course provides a first approach to the genre and its basic features. We will be exploring the most critical areas such as: Rhythmic feel, jazz harmonies, how to play along with the rest of the band (comping) in a swing situation and a brief introduction to the improvisation process. If you’ve never played the genre, this is a great opportunity for you to start!
Level 2.0 to 3.0
Learn the basic skills of Gospel music. Understand and utilize the Gospel repertoire in all aspects of playing. Some of the biggest entertainers have taken their cue from Gospel music Instructor:
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Level 3.0 to 3.5
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blues! Hits from today and yesterday borrowing from the Blues form. We are leaving this wide open and allows us to cover great songs from the last seven decades.
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Level 3.5 to 4.0
Come explore a vast assortment of artists in the rock genre....Kiss, U2, AC/DC, Journey, Maroon 5, REM, Bowie, Pearl Jam, Amy Winehouse, Joan Jett, Springsteen, White Stripes, No Doubt, Bruno Mars, Led Zep & More. e a few!.
Level 3.5 to 3.5
Stevie Wonder, Average White Band, Kool & the Gang, Sly and Family Stone, James Brown, The Commodores, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Janis Joplin.
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Level 3.5 to 4.0
Come play on all you favorite classic Southern Rock Hits by Allman Bros,Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, Pure Prairie League, Outlaws, Little Feat.
Level 3.5 to 4.0
How about Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Bill Joel, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull......
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Level 3.0 to 3.5
The rock genre covers so many great artists………..Kinks, Bowie, Fall Out Boy, 4 Non Blondes, Stones, Led Zep, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Cheryl Crow, Pretenders, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers…..the possibilities are endless!
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Level 3.5 to 4.0
Brush off your white Capezios, get your skinny tie out, spike your hair and get ready to Ride the Wave..
Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Blondie, Talking Heads, Cars, Pretenders, Police, Clash, INXS,
Level 3.5 to 4.0
This workshop will focus on playing all time greatest classic standards from Jazz. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Mile Davis, Thelonious Monk and many other Jazz figures will be considered for selecting the final repertoire.
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Level 3.0 to 3.5
Throw it back Tuesday nights by reenacted the very first wave of the British Invasion.
Play classics by the Yardbirds, Dave Clark 5, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Spencer Davis Group, Zombies, Faces, The Animals.
Level 3.0 to 3.5
Calling all blues lovers! Let's explore this genre together. So many great artists to choose from we can't name them all here.....Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Otis Rush & More!
Level 3.5+
Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, Róbert Plant, Modern English, Tears for Fears, The Police, Simple Minds, General Public, Hall & Oats Spandau Ballet, Lisa Stansfield, Fine Young Cannibals. Madonna, Funkytown. Lips Inc. Culture Club.
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Level 3.5 to 4.0
Journey, Maroon 5, REM, Bowie, Pearl Jam, Amy Winehouse, Joan Jett, Springsteen, White Stripes, No Doubt, Bruno Mars, Led Zep to name a few!.

 TERMS & CONDITIONS

Participants are required to attend all rehearsals for the designated time.  If you're unable to attend any rehearsals, you are required to notify Music Makers NY via email musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com at least 48 hours in advance.  When Music Makers NY must find a replacement player for a missed rehearsal (particularly bass or drums) fees incurred by Music Makers ($25.00 to $50.00) will be charged to the participant's credit card.

Cancellation Policy: Once you submit the registration form & authorize payment to Music Makers NY your slot is guaranteed and all fees are non-refundable unless a replacement can be found. Music Makers will advertise to find a replacement for the vacated slot.  If a replacement can be found, a pro-rated Music Makers credit will be issued minus a $50.00 administrative fee. 

Instrumentalists are guaranteed a slot for their particular instrument, not a vocal slot as well.

Performance Workshops: All participants receive two FREE tickets to the Performance show.  We encourage everyone to take an active role in promoting the performance.  A large audience enables our organization to book shows at premier NY venues on a Friday evening.

Submtting the Registration Form & authorizing payment  to Music Makers NY means you agree to all of the above terms & conditions

Thank you.

CALL 212-239-7054 or EMAIL musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com with any questions about our Band Experience Workshops or any of the other programs we offer.