ONLINE: Instrumental Tune Writing

with Max Anderson

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


ONLINE: Instrumental Tune Writing

  • Instrumental
  • School of Music class


This class is for anyone who loves to play instrumental music (“tunes”) and has the desire to write their own tunes and find their unique voice as a tune-writer. We will be listening to great tune writers and examining what makes their tunes great, and then learning ways to incorporate these elements into our own music. Each week we will study a unique angle from which you can write tune – things like limiting yourself to certain rhythms or notes, interesting places to look for tune writing inspiration, and compositional tricks to turn that small seeds into a full grow tune – and each week we will go home and write that tune!

Prerequisites: No tune writing experience necessary. Students should be comfortable playing a handful of tunes (all style/levels of difficulty welcome, just general experience with playing tunes), familiarity with basic harmony/melody relationships and the Nashville number system (1, 4, 5 etc).

This class runs from 6:30-7:45pm ET and will be held on Tuesdays, July 26, Aug 2, 9, 16

Please note: Limited to 10 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Maxfield Anderson

Maxfield Anderson is a contemporary mandolinist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is currently studying Performance with a concentration in American Roots Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  Max was introduced to the guitar at a young age, but truly fell in love with music during his middle and high school years as a violinist in school orchestras, youth symphonies, and pits for school musicals.  He began exploring outside of classical world and fell in love with the sound Bluegrass and Western swing fiddle, and eventually the bright, powerful sound of the mandolin.

Since being accepted to Berklee in 2015, Max took part in forming Pretty Saroa modern acoustic quartet, joined the progressive folk collective – BAERD, started a weekly video series – Field Recording Sessions, spent two summer performing in the Bluegrass Jamboree at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio.  In addition to performing alongside banjo innovator Tony Trischka and revered Nashville session guitarist Bobby Stanton, Max has performed in Boston and across New England at Freshgrass, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, House of Blues, Lizard Lounge, the Burren Backroom.  He has also performed at fundraisers for the Berklee American Roots Music Program, Boston City, and Virginia Senator and Democratic Vice President-elect Tim Kaine.

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