WITH Giacomo Riggi
WITH Giacomo Riggi
Giacomo Riggi is a pianist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist whose credits include bandleader for Holland America as well as Cirque du Soleil, and a headlining performer for Royal Caribbean.
Giacomo Riggi is a pianist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist whose credits include bandleader for Holland America, Cirque du Soleil pianist, and a headlining performer for Royal Caribbean.
This is mentorship. This is not university, and this is not an online course.
Each Lime Academy program combines practical skills – super-condensed, and immediately applicable – with the wisdom and personalized guidance of incredible performers who’ve done what you want to do. Your program begins with a 1-on-1 session with your mentor to understand your goals. The program then unfolds with a series of five masterclasses, where the mentor will dive deep into various topics, urging you to take action using the new tools you’ve been shown. Follow-up private sessions reinforce the masterclasses, molding the new tools to you and offering you personalized feedback to transform your performance.
Want to take your career to a whole new level? This is how.
• One 30-minute private mentoring session per week
• One 60-minute group masterclass per week
• Maximum 8 participants
Drawing from ideas that stem from percussion, we’ll learn how to create and build a solo based on rhythmic ideas — no scales, and no modes.
-Using rhythmic ideas to define the shape of your solo
-Employing syncopation to make your solos interesting and dynamic
-Using repetition to create a motif and to make a solo accessible to an audience
Thelonious Monk said: “The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” We’ll learn how to turn your mistakes into material that will actually make your soloing cooler.
-Addressing what are commonly perceived as mistakes
-Techniques to convert those “mistakes” into creative ideas
-Becoming comfortable with your own mistakes, and how that will help you relax in your performance
Even when playing difficult tunes, simplifying down to a small range of notes can help create clarity and melody in your playing. And what could be simpler than a pentatonic scale, with just five options?
-Addressing which pentatonic scales work over certain scales and modes
-How to shape your pentatonic melodies using direction, rhythm, interval
-Combining multiple pentatonic scales for increased creativity
Learn how to use triads to build your solo, approaching each note from above or below. Just like Mozart did.
-Addressing triads as they relate to different chords and keys
-Options for superimposing triads over tangentially-related chords
-Patterns and sequences for variety in the implementation of your triads
Conflict and resolution — the essentials for telling a good story. We’ll learn how to swim between what’s considered “in” and what’s “out”.
-Building tension through harmonic dissonance and understanding how and when to release it
-Similarly building tension through rhythmic dissonance
-Building long-term tension over the course of a solo