Charles Carey

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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: November 25, 1970    

Charles Carey

Charles Carey, Assistant Professor

Contact Information Memorial Hall 006 Phone Number: 308-432-6321 Fax Number: 308-432-6071

Education/Background MM, Florida International University BM, Florida Atlantic University AA, Musical Arts, Palm Beach Community College Presently pursuing Doctoral Degree at North Central University

Teaching Areas Music Fundamentals Elements of Music Improvisation Guitar and Bass Studies Jazz Studies

Professional Activities and Awards Endorser for Heritage Guitars and the Buzz Feiten Tuning system Led the groups CountItOff and The Swing City Wise Guys...
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2010 Judge and Clinician at Nebraska High School Jazz Band competition. 2010 Bassist in the accompanying band for Nebraska College Vocal Jazz Festival in Kerney. 2009 Placed in charge of curriculum development, learning assessment, and instruction of Chadron State College’s general education music classes including Elements of Music, Jazz History, and Music Fundamentals after only one year of employment. 2009 Named the Liaison of the college-wide General Studies Assessment Committee for the fine arts after nomination and unanimous vote of the Chadron State Faculty. 2009 Only member of Chadron State College Music faculty to be given a perfect Faculty Performance Evaluation for the 08-09 academic year. 2009 Featured presentation at the Nebraska Faculty College workshop entitled “Using the present to teach the past.” This workshop was based on a technique I use to teach musical form and vocabulary to those with little or no musical background to help them better understand a general studies music appreciation course. 2008-present Member of MENC as a Nebraska affiliate. 2008 Featured interview for the 21st edition of Instrumental Case. This on-line magazine interviews primarily guitarists that play instrumental rock, jazz, or fusion music that showcases a high level of technical prowess. 2007 First printing of my guitar method entitled Bridging the Gap; this book is presently the textbook for guitar studies at Palm Beach Community College and Chadron State College 2006-2008 Developed a new curriculum and taught Music Fundamentals at Palm Beach Community College, in Florida. 2006 Graduated Phi Kappa Phi (3.926 GPA) from Florida International University with a Masters Degree in Music. 2004 Gave improvisational clinics sponsored by the Heritage Guitar Company at the Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles. 1990-2004 Member of MENC as a Florida affiliate.
Charles Carey is an instrumental guitarist from Florida, and half of the strings on the fantastic new album, Room 237, by Charles and monster bassist Robert Rimmington’s new band ‘CountItOff’. The sound of CountItOff is a fusion of traditional bebop study combined with influences ranging from funk to blues to hard rock. (Dave B. -

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Chadron, NE

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Advanced students only.

1984-present taught guitar and bass students at various music schools and music stores. 1995-2008 - Taught theory, jazz studies, improvisation, jazz combo, jazz guitar, classical guitar, and electric bass at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, FL. 2000-2008 - Taught jazz studies, jazz guitar, and electric bass at Lynn University (Formerly Harrid Conservatory) in Boca Raton, FL. 2008-present - Assistant professor of music at Chadron State College, NE. Teach Music History, Elements of Music, Fundamentals of Music, Jazz Combo, Guitar Ensemble, Improvisation, Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, and Electric Bass.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
I try to show how the primary vocabulary of every musical style and era can be used as material to build improvisational ideas upon. I try to point out how many of the most celebrated improvisers were not as original in their vocabulary as much as in the way that they applied it. At this point I usually perform a tune or two that showcases aspects of what I am talking about. After a short discussion of the performance students or anyone else at the clinic are given a chance to perform a bebop tune (usually Yardbird Suite or a F blues) using some material by Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, and Johnny Cash as the primary motif. If this goes well we go the opposite direction and improvise over country, rock, and folk tunes using traditional bebop motifs. The point is then made that, while no one loves every musical composition or style in general, studying and transcribing everything gives your improvisation and musicality in general a much greater scope than just studying what you like.

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Primary Guitars: #1 and #2 are Washburn X50ProQ models with and added finger rest (pickgaurd) and Dimarzio Air Classic pickups. #3 my archtop is a Heritage 550 which has Dimarzio Air Classic pickups, and Dunlop 6100 frets. My Classical is a LaPatrie Concert Cutaway model. My Bass is a Washburn Bantam 4-string that is totally stock. All of my Guitars have the Buzz Fieten Tuning System which allows for a guitar to be temper tuned like a piano and gives perfect intonation in all keys in all positions of the neck. I use D'Adarrio XL115 strings on my guitars, D'Adarrio EJ46-3D Classical, and Elixer light gauge bass strings gauged 40-100. My Amplification is provided by one of these three: #1 69' Fender Super Reverb. #2 64' Princeton Reverb with a Mesa 1x12 closed back cab. #3 2009 Kingsley Deluxe 30 with a Mesa 1x12 3/4 back cab. Effects are a Boss Blues Driver modded by Keeley, a Zen Drive, Boss Chorus (CH1), and a original Headrush delay. All reverb is provided by the amp being used.

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