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Influence: North American , Asian
Genre: world fusion, jazz
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Reading, Rhythm, and Raga Masterclasses Reading, Rhythm, and Raga
Matthew Montfort's Masterclasses at Blue Bear School of Music Online

Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort taught music at the Blue Bear School of Music for over two decades. This fall, he returns to teach three virtual masterclasses!

https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/

1. Learn to Read Music by Studying Classical Guitar Technique
Rise Above Reliance on TAB!

November 3 to December 8, 2020, Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, Have Fun Learning to Read Music through Classical Guitar Technique, Blue Bear School of Music Online. Guitarists are often good at reading TAB, but poor at reading sheet music. This six week class by Matthew Montfort will get you started learning to read standard music notation, while at the same time introducing foundational classical guitar technique that you can also apply to other styles of playing. You'll learn simple etudes and classical pieces, great for boosting your fingerstyle skills while actually having fun learning to read music!
Tuition: $160.
Tix: https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/375544510493414/

2. Got Rhythm?
World Beat Workshop Returns to Blue Bear Online

November 4 to December 9, 2020, Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM, World Beat Workshop, Blue Bear School of Music Online. Matthew Montfort’s Got Rhythm? six week workshop is presented in an easy to follow, entertaining, yet educational format for all music lovers. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music are presented because these traditions cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. This training from Montfort's book Ancient Traditions -- Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India can help anyone with a desire to improve their rhythmic skills.
Tuition: $200.
Tix: https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1293998794277679/

Get Rhythm!
Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort.
Info: http://www.ancient-future.com/atfp.html

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones.

3. Indian Raga for Western Musicians
Improve Your Improvisation Skills Through Melodic Training

November 5 to December 17, 2020, Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:30 PM, Indian Raga for Western Musicians, Blue Bear School of Music Online. This six week masterclass by world fusion pioneer Matthew Montfort will help you improve your soloing in any music genre from rock to jazz to free improv through melodic training. Learn the emotional power of each interval and how to construct meaningful melodies through the tradition of Indian raga. Open to all instruments and voice.
Tuition: $200.
Tix: https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1166034547144381/ more
World Rhythms News: South Indian Music and Online Masterclasses ==========================================================
WORLD RHYTHMS NEWS
Issue 17. Fall 2020:
http://www.ancient-future.com/worldrhythms17.html
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In this issue:

South Indian Vina Music
•In Western Notation with Guitar TAB
https://www.ancient-future.com/worldrhythms17.html#vina

Blue Bear Masters
•Masterclasses at the Bear Online: Read Music Through Classical Guitar, World Beat Workshop, Indian Raga
https://www.ancient-future.com/worldrhythms17.html#workshop

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South Indian Vina Music
In Western Notation with Guitar TAB
Pallavi
https://www.ancient-future.com/worldrhythms17.html#vina

Ragam: Valaji (1,3,5,6,b7)
Talam: Adi (8 beats)
Arranged by Matthew Montfort

Notation of South Indian Vina Music:
https://www.ancient-future.com/images/pallavi.gif

Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). Montfort spent three months in intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the note-bending techniques of the South Indian vina to the guitar.

Those who wish to study South Indian gamaka (note embellishment) on guitar need not have a scalloped fretboard guitar in order to play this arrangement: an electric guitar with light gauge strings or an acoustic guitar tuned very low will work. It can also be sung or played on any instrument that can slide between notes.

This example from Montfort's studies with K.S. Subramanian is in a simple pentatonic raga (a melodic recipe for a mood involving ascending and descending scale patterns), which uses the root, major third, perfect fifth, major sixth, and minor seventh. The tala (rhythmic cycle) is a common 8 beat cycle known as adi tal, which is expressed with a hand clap on beat 1 (sam), a finger count with the pinkie on beat 2, a finger count with the ring finger on beat 3, a finger count with the middle finger on beat 4, a clap on beat 5, a wave on beat 6, a clap on beat 7, and a wave on beat 8.

Pallavi MIDI Files

GM Standard MIDI files of this South Indian gamaka exercise are presented here, arranged for General MIDI guitar and conga and bongo:

Pallavi MIDI File (chromatic): https://www.ancient-future.com/midi/pallavi2.mid

This arrangement of the above example is offered to play along with. The file has no note bends, so it functions well as an intonation guide.

Pallavi MIDI File (with gamaka): https://www.ancient-future.com/midi/pallavi.mid

This file will not playback properly online, so download the file first and then load it into your MIDI sequencing program. This arrangement includes all of the note bends, but since many of the bends are more than a full step, this file requires that the pitch bend function on the playback module be set to +-12 half steps. The tempo should be set at about 30 beats per minute.

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Blue Bear Masters
Matthew Montfort's Masterclasses Return to the Bear Online
https://www.ancient-future.com/worldrhythms17.html#workshop

Matthew Montfort taught music at the Blue Bear School of Music for over two decades. This fall, he returns to teach three virtual masterclasses:

1. Learn to Read Music Through Classical Guitar Technique

Teenage Student of Matthew Montfort Performs RecitalAdult Student of Matthew Montfort Performs RecitalAdult Student of Matthew Montfort Performs Recital

September 29 to November 3, 2020, Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, Learn to Read Music through Classical Guitar Technique, Blue Bear School of Music Online. This class by Matthew Montfort will get you started learning to read standard music notation, while at the same time introducing foundational classical guitar technique that you can also apply to other styles of playing. You'll learn simple etudes and classical pieces, great for boosting your fingerstyle skills while actually having fun learning to read music! Tuition: $160 for six weeks.

Buy Tix: https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/782220905869020

2. Got Rhythm?
World Beat Workshop Returns to Blue Bear Online September 30 to November 4

September 30 to November 4, 2020, Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM, World Beat Workshop, Blue Bear School of Music Online. Matthew Montfort’s Got Rhythm World Beat Workshop is presented in an easy to follow, entertaining, yet educational format for all music lovers. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music are presented because these traditions cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. This training from Montfort's book Ancient Traditions -- Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India can help anyone with a desire to improve their rhythmic skills. Tuition: $200 for six weeks.

Buy Tix: https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/608710749816299/

Get Rhythm!
Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort.
http://www.ancient-future.com/atfp.html

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones.

3. Indian Raga for Western Musicians

Scalloped Fretboard Guitarist Matthew Montfort
Improve Your Improvisation Skills Through Melodic Training

October 1 to November 5, 2020, Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:30 PM, Indian Raga for Western Musicians, Blue Bear School of Music Online. World fusion pioneer Matthew Montfort will help you improve your soloing in any music genre from rock to jazz to free improv through melodic training. You'll learn the emotional power of each interval and how to construct meaningful melodies through the tradition of Indian raga. Open to all instruments. Tuition: $200 for six weeks.

Buy Tix: https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/350847699296657/

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Private Online Music Lessons
With Ancient Future Bandleader Matthew Montfort

Private Online Lessons with Ancient Future Bandleader Matthew Montfort. Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site, all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar), record production, composition, world rhythms, music theory, and repertoire for all instruments.

60 Minute Lesson- $75. (Sale $60 for new students): Custom private one hour online lesson.
45 Minute Lesson- $65. (Sale $50 for new students): Custom private 45 minute online lesson.
30 Minute Lesson- $50. (Sale $40 for new students): Custom private 30 minute online lesson.

http://www.ancient-future.com/skype.html

There are many advantages to online lessons. The lessons can easily be recorded, and it is easier to evaluate a student's technique with a camera than from behind a music stand. The main drawback to online lessons is that recording software is needed to perform duets due to internet latency issues. But duets are possible online via file exchange, digital audio workstations, and a free browser-based multitrack recording platform.

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Ancient Future Times: In This Moment ==============================================================================
Ancient Future Times
This Moment

June 2020 Issue:

This Moment
•The Veil Has Been Lifted
http://www.ancient-future.com/newsjune2020.html#moment

Got Rhythm?
•World Beat Workshop Returns to Blue Bear Online July 8 to August 12
http://www.ancient-future.com/newsjune2020.html#workshop

Concertless Cash Crunch
•Help Ancient Future Stay Here Now
http://www.ancient-future.com/newsjune2020.html#coronavirus

Online Music Lessons
•Zoom Through Summer
http://www.ancient-future.com/newsjune2020.html#lessons

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This Moment
The Veil Has Been Lifted

The veil has been lifted and systemic racism should now be painfully obvious to everyone. There is much social and personal work to be done to make a more just world. Racism and tribalism have always existed, but we need to change now.

This doesn't mean that there isn't great value in local cultures keeping their history and traditions alive and creating new ones. Wonderful things happen when people work together as a community. The mission of world fusion music is to show how ideas from these different cultures can work together, helping us create greater understanding and tolerance between cultures and races. It's not an easy path as we confront our own biases while learning from each other, but it's a necessary one.

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Got Rhythm?
World Beat Workshop Returns to Blue Bear Online July 8 to August 12

Matthew Montfort taught classes at the Blue Bear School of Music for over two decades. This summer, he will return to teach a virtual world beat workshop from July 8 to August 12. His Got Rhythm World Beat Workshop is presented in an easy to follow, entertaining yet educational format for all music lovers. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music are presented because these traditions cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. This training can help anyone with a desire to improve their rhythmic skills. Melodic aspects will also be explored through vocal chanting and instrumental call-and-response in a supportive setting.

Get the Beat. 7:30 to 8:45 PM, July 8 to August 12.Tuition: $200 for 6 weeks, online:
https://bluebearmusic.org/classes/online-rhythm-training/
Buy Tix:
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=301846&stype=-8&sTG=50&sView=day&sLoc=0
Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/190232459011349/

Get Rhythm!

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort:
http://www.ancient-future.com/atfp.html

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones.

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Concertless Cash Crunch
Help Ancient Future Stay Here Now

Live concerts will be among the last activities to return because they won't be safe until there's a vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19. Efforts to reopen the economy are causing outbreaks, further delaying the next concert season. Musicians in Northern California were already suffering from very high housing costs, decreasing support for the arts, and absurdly low payments from the music streaming platforms. With all of this, we very much need your support to continue the music and survive until concerts return, hopefully by 2022.

If you've been able to return to work or have the means, below are three ways you can help.

1. Make a Tax Deductible Contribution

Ancient Future was accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations made through them on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law!

Make a Tax Deductible Donation:
http://www.ancient-future.com/donation.html#intermusic

2. Push A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's fun fan funded recording project, has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks that will expand the project by over 50% is in production. With all of the concert cancellations, now is a good time to record remotely. But remote recording can't be done in real time, so hundreds of extra hours of production are required to make MIDI mock ups and tempo tracks for the musicians to perform to. Because many of the master musicians in Ancient Future's collective don't have home recording equipment, we need to raise money for a few professional stereo audio recording interfaces and studio microphones.

Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. And if you are already a supporter, you can still upgrade to higher quality downloads until each supporter level is sold out. Once you become a supporter, you will receive all of the tracks in the archive (and all of the tracks that will be added in the future), and you will be eligible to buy a limited edition CD-R of the Best of A.F.A.R. So Far, which includes all of the best tracks that will (barely) fit on a CD-R.
Supporter Levels and Premiums

Recording Newsletter-$15 (receive 128 kbps downloads)
Download Supporter- $25 (320 kbps downloads)
Limited Edition CD Sponsor- $50 (all previous plus CD quality audio)
Honorary A & R Representative- $75 (all previous plus video and 24 bit audio)
Donor VIP- Choose your donation amount
A.F.A.R. So Far CD-R- $15 Additional

http://www.ancient-future.com/afar.html

3. Purchase Music to Support the Arts

Ancient Future's 2020 Vision sale on recordings and educational materials has been extended to encourage support. Purchases at the Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store directly support the artists and the music, and this sale offers bargain prices.

Five for Fifty: Five Releases Just $10 Each

Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. Signed Audio/Video E-CD-R. List $17.98. SALE $10.
Planet Passion by Ancient Future. List $17.98. SALE $10.
Sangria by Mariah Parker. List $17.98. SALE $10.
Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. List $17.98. SALE $10.
Sympathetic Serenade by Matthew Montfort. Signed EP CD-R. List $12.98. SALE $10.

http://www.ancient-future.com/catalog.html

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Online Music Lessons
Zoom Through Summer

Private Online Lessons with Ancient Future Bandleader Matthew Montfort. Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site, all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar), record production, composition, world rhythms, music theory, and repertoire for all instruments.

60 Minute Lesson- $75. (Sale $60 for new students) Custom private one hour online lesson.
45 Minute Lesson- $65. (Sale $50 for new students) Custom private 45 minute online lesson.
30 Minute Lesson- $50. (Sale $40 for new students) Custom private 30 minute online lesson.

There are many advantages to online lessons. The lessons can easily be recorded, and it is easier to evaluate a student's technique with a camera than from behind a music stand. The main drawback to online lessons is that recording software is needed to perform duets due to internet latency issues. But duets are possible online via file exchange, digital audio workstations, and a free browser-based multitrack recording platform. Matthew Montfort will return to teaching in-person lessons when it is truly safe. At that time, he will be offering hybrid online/in-person lessons for students in Marin and Sonoma counties, with package deals for three online lessons and one monthly in person lesson to develop ensemble skills.

http://www.ancient-future.com/skype.html

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Ancient Future Times: Study on Skype While You Sip a Corona The latest Ancient Future Times is out now! We normally post it here complete with photos, but that feature doesn't seem to be working today so please follow the links below.

Ancient Future Times
March 2020 Issue:

Music in March
•Concerts in Sonoma County
http://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2020.html#concert

Virus Free Music Lessons
•Study on Skype While You Sip a Corona
http://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2020.html#lessons more
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