Mauritz Lotz: Expanding Musicality

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | November 16, 2016

Expanding Musicality

Expanding musicality isn’t always an easy thing to achieve. This is especially true if you do all your writing by yourself. Now is the time for you to expand your musicality! It is time develop more as a musician.

“I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm, offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust” – Igor Stravinsky.

Mauritz Lotz will be presenting this workshop. Lotz is one of the most prolific session musicians in South Africa. Over a career that has spanned over 30 years, Lotz has played on over four thousand recordings. He is, therefore, more than qualified to teach you how to expand musicality.

In order to help with expanding musicality, Lotz will cover a variety of topics; he will touch on everything from licks to constructing solos.


1) Simple way to expand licks

Most musician-songwriters develop their own “lick library”. This is a collection of licks they have developed over the years. These licks, however, have for some or other reason never been used.

There is potential is every lick! Lotz will discuss how he expands his licks. Accordingly, if you apply these tips to your licks you will be able to expand them and use them in fresh and interesting ways.

2) The importance of how to listen

You can count along with te drummer. Great! But can you listen to what the rest of the band is doing?

Many people seem to think that if you are not born pitch-perfect, that you won’t be able to develop your ear. But, like most things music related, you can train your ear.

You need to do more that just hear the notes, though. It is vital that you listen to the feel of the song. Great musicians play to the song, and the only way you can do that is if you listen, and listen properly.

3) Enhancing performance consistency

Your performance consistency is the key to your musical success. Every time you play live, you need to be sure that you are consistent.

You can’t afford to play brilliant one night, just to play poorly the next. Lotz will explain more about how he achieves musical consistency when playing.

4) Making practice more fun

Practicing can be a dull affair. If you aren’t having fun, though, there is a chance you won;t practice as often. Some people play games with themselves while practicing. Others might be aiming for new speeds or some other goal.

Lotz will share a few of his ideas on how to keep practices fun and interesting!

5) Construction solos

Finally, to round off the day, Lotz will discuss how to construct a solo. You can’t play a metal solo over a jazz standard. In the same way that you wouldn’t play a classical guitar solo in some Djent.

Lotz will demonstrate some of his soloing techniques which will, in turn, empower you to be to able to construct solos better.

This workshop really is a great opportunity for your playing and writing to get a breath of fresh air. If you miss this workshop, you will regret it!


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