TODD MOSBY OUTREACH

Todd' s five outreach programs target professional, university, high school and community levels from beginner to advanced.

The author of four technical books on contemporary guitar and veteran teacher at the university and private student levels, Todd has honed his communicative skills to drill down on the topics which will open minds and expand knowledge base.

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TODD MOSBY EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

QUALIFICATIONS

Todd' s five outreach programs target professional, university, high school and community levels from beginner to advanced. The author of four technical books on contemporary guitar and veteran teacher at the university and private student levels, Todd has honed his communicative skills to drill down on the topics which will open minds and expand knowledge base.

EDUCATION:

  • Berklee College of Music Certification in Orchestration, Arranging, Composition, Improvisation, Advanced Jazz Guitar Improvisation, Acoustic Guitar Techniques, Acoustic Blues Guitar as well as a specialized class in Guitar Pedal Board Techniques (2012-2014).
  • MM in MUSIC Composition from Webster University (2013)
  • BS/BA in Business Administration & Music Business and Music from Fontbonne University (1994).
  • Berklee College of Music Alumni - Diploma Program Music Composition & Arranging (1976-1979).

AWARDS: 2017

  • Two Global Music Awards
  • Three Global Peace Award Nominations
  • Three ZMR Nominations
  • Grammy Ballot in three categories

EXPERIENCE:

• Washington University - Created Syllabus and taught Graphic Composition class for choreographers and and visual arts students.

• Washington University - Ongoing visiting artist; Seminar & Lecture on Similarities and Differences in Traditional Indian Raga and Traditional Jazz Improvisation.

• Maryville University - Guitar Professor for Music & Music Therapy Departments

• Clinician - taught public classes and seminars in Acoustic Guitar Technique

• Teaching Studio - Private teaching practice for 20 years all ages all levels

PUBLICATIONS: Contemporary Guitar Series

  • Acoustic Guitar For Contemporary Players Books 1 & 2
  • Classical Studies For Contemporary Guitar
  • Major Scales For Contemporary Guitar

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Seminar: Acoustic Guitar Techniques

Todd works with all levels and ages of acoustic guitar players. He shares information from his books and draws on a vast knowledge base of teaching experience to provide attendees with a few simple tools they can take with them to take their playing to the next level.

Standard G, D, Drop D and Double drop D tunings are covered as well as a way to graphically visualize similar applicable shapes across the various tunings. Basic finger style as well as classical style RH techniques are introduced as well.

Topics include:

  • Right Hand Picking Patterns
  • Common Chord Patterns
  • Popular Tunes For Application
  • Tunings

Master Class: Blues Guitar & Acoustic Blues Guitar

A solid blues understanding provides instant added depth to any guitarists signature bag of tricks which can then be applied to any other style of music-jazz, rock, pop, classical. Guitarists with this basic foundation gain control in harmony, form, feel, time and rhythm and improvisation.

The basic 12-bar blues harmony and some of its derivations explored along with some basic rhythm guitar groove technique in order to navigate form, basic chord movement and turns arounds.

Next a method for learning the basic major and minor pentatonic scale from the open position thru its relative five positions is explored as well as the blues scale. Classic riffs from blues greats BB King, Magic Slim and Buddy Guy are then applied to aid learning and finger board knowledge.

Topics covered will be catered to audience level of understanding.

Lecture Demo: Comparative Study In Classical North Indian & Traditional Jazz Improvisational Forms

A comparative analysis between the similarities, differences, developments and advancements of improvisational instrumental found in North India and North America. In depth analysis of the Raga and the Jazz forms as a base for improvisation.

Mosby is one of a handful of musicians capable of translating the connections between India, western musics roots and its development in America. His years of private study and performances with Ustadt Imrat Khan, a living legend of Classical North Indian music, as well as studies at Berklee College of Music, research at Webster University and 20 years performance experience as a top flight performer of Indian and Jazz music gives Todd unique insights into the workings of these two great improvisational art forms.

As the personal guest lecturer of Ustadt Imrat Khan at Washington University for over six years, Mosby delivers lectures which engage, educate and entertain students and connoisseurs at all levels.

Topics Covered:

  • Classical North Indian music and western music: historical overview
  • Scales used; similarities and differences
  • Rhythmic structures; similarities and differences
  • Solfege and Surgam; treatment of the mean.
  • Improvisation: outer form; overall structural considerations
  • Improvisation: inner form; internal note choice considerations
  • Historical perspective on instrument design in relation to musical advancement.

Master Class: Advanced Improvisation

Todd’s linguistic approach to improvisation teaches how a few simple tools used to develop instrumental soloing & performance techniques can be applied to advanced chord changes, both in traditional jazz standards and complex modern harmony.

Todd explores techniques that great jazz guitarists (Mike Stern, Wes Montgomery) use in order to improvise over chord changes. Topics included cover rhythmic chord and comping considerations as well as effective use of approach notes, modes, scales and arpeggios.

Depending on audience level and direction of discussion, topics covering altered pentatonic scales, across-the-bar-line phrasing, diminished scales, melodic tension on dominant chords, blues in jazz, and nonfunctional harmonic improvisation will be deployed as well.

Ways to gain a more complete knowledge of the guitar fretboard will be addressed as this is a major component and barrier to learning improvisation.

Topics covered will be catered to audience level of understanding.

Seminar: Guitar Pedal Boards

This seminar is essential to any contemporary guitarist serious about their sound. In this lecture Todd discusses the skills needed to get the most from your guitar pedal board rig. An overview of the characteristic needs of each basic genre is discussed (acoustic guitar, blues guitar, trad jazz guitar, rock guitar, country guitar, contemporary guitar).

An examination of the four effect groups; gain based, modulation based, ambient based and filter based is explored. The most common order of placement in the pedal chain is explained followed by a detailed look at each individual processing unit.

Last we will study the pedal board rigs common to the blues, rock, jazz, country and pop genres of music in order to get a more convincing sound for each style.

By the end of the seminar you will be able to understand the factors that determine a guitar and amplifier's tonal characteristics, identify how effects are categorized, combined and how each pedal works to process your sound.