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  • When
    Sat, March 3, 2018
    2:00 pm
    -5:00 pm

    $75

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    Peter Case brings his unique and popular songwriting class back to Gtyphon on March 3, offering secrets of the craft that will have you immediately writing more powerful and interesting songs. The class will be a fun, comfortable, and at times humorous environment, but the content is serious and will enable you to surprise yourself with a new song composed as a class assignment. You can receive feedback by email after the class for your assignment song. Performance of songs is completely voluntary, not required, but due to time considerations, not everyone will be able to perform. Peter’s workshop will focus equally on lyrics and music, and on the art of coming up with fresh melodic and lyrical ideas. Topics will include “thinking like a genius” and “putting what you love directly into your songs.”

    Sign up early and get a song assignment before the class, too.

    Peter Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, a mighty fine guitarist and a well-reviewed published author and yet, he’s most at home on the stage. For 25 years, Peter, his guitar and his songs have mesmerized audiences from coast to coast, whether holding down a festival crowd, warming up the place for luminaries like Jackson Browne and John Prine or headlining his own nightclub shows— of which he can claimed to have logged thousands.

    “But Case’s considerable background in punk and electric pop injects his songs with a uniquely incisive quality…even his more laid back ballads connect with a power and passion most others in his field don’t—or can’t– invoke. “ —American Songwriter

    “Nearly three decades into his solo career, Peter Case remains one of our best and most compelling singer/songwriters” —All Music Guide

    http://www.petercase.com

    $75.00

  • When
    Sat, March 17, 2018
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm

    $40

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    For all levels and music styles. Flat-picking technique overview featuring four basic styles of right hand picking, two left hand positions, various strumming patterns, two kinds of tremolo, cross-picking, detailed system of developing and maintaining speed and accuracy, basic scales and arpeggios. Special focus will be put on technique used for playing Irish tunes – picking style, chord choice, rhythm backup and ornamentation. Printed materials will be handed out, audio recording is encouraged. As a part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Radim will perform several Celtic pieces.

    Video samples:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50n78AEMnW8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fGsINYelbA

    About Radim Zenkl
    Music performer, composer and instructor. Originally from the Czech Republic, Radim resides in California since 1989. His style features bluegrass, jazz, flamenco, classical, Eastern European traditional and original music. Radim is the US Mandolin Champion and remains at the cutting edge of the mandolin’s future. He has invented a masterful technique, the “Zenkl style,” in which a single mandolin sounds like two. According to David Grisman: “Zenkl has re-invented the mandolin in several different ways.” Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene he has recorded eight solo CDs (released on Acoustic Disc, Shanachie and Ventana) and has appeared on more than sixty other recordings. Radim’s worldwide performing and teaching credentials include guest appearances at prestigious music institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and teaching at the first, second and last year’s Mandolin Symposium. He has been teaching online private lessons for the past seven years. His first instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun in November 2015.

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, March 17, 2018
    1:30 pm
    -3:30 pm

    $40

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    No experience necessary. We will cover all basic techniques such as hand positions, breathing, over blowing, good tone production, tonguing, vibrato, tremolo, three major and three minor scales, English and Irish ornamentation, and learn a few tunes. Bring your pennywhistle in the key of D or borrow one from the teacher (several loaner instruments are available). Printed materials will be handed out, audio recording is encouraged. Intermediate/Advance students are welcome too and will be given individual advice and assignments. As a part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Radim will perform several Celtic pieces.

    About Radim Zenkl
    Music performer, composer and instructor. Originally from the Czech Republic, Radim resides in California since 1989. Radim is the US Mandolin Champion and remains at the cutting edge of the mandolin’s future. Besides the mandolin he also plays a variety of wind instruments, including the Irish pennywhistle (tin whistle). He has performed with some of the top musicians of the Irish music scene, such as John Doyle, Mary Bergin, Seamus Eagan and others.
    Video samples:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGHBQY_4PWs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-T1dHGU-2g

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, May 5, 2018
    11:00 am
    -12:15 pm

    $40

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    Learning patterns and other peoples’ licks can only take your abilities so far. At some point every player wants the experience of playing “without a net.” This workshop, taught by a guitarist who has made his reputation by arranging and playing some of the most unexpected tunes as fingerstyle pieces, is designed to help get you there. Music and techniques will be performed, examined and explained. Bring instruments, recorders, writing implements, and lots of questions. All levels of players welcome.

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, June 9, 2018
    1:00 pm
    -3:00 pm

    $50

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    This is a three part workshop.

    Part 1:

    This workshop will begin with learning guitar techniques that allow relaxation and minimal effort. Many guitarists skip technique and move straight into playing, then often develop sharp pain in the left hand from squeezing the guitar neck harder than needed, or a tense right hand from using more effort than necessary. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to use the weight of gravity to fret the strings with minimal effort, and classical based fingerstyle techniques that can be applied to new age, pop, rock, classical, jazz, country and fingerstyle guitar. These exercises will be beneficial to anyone from beginner to professional level of guitar playing. It will teach you a series of every day tools to carry with you on your musical journey, from tapping and fingerstyle guitar to creating your own musical compositions.

    Part 2:

    In this segment you will look at the musical spectrum in block form by a series of steps.  This will briefly explain sharps, flats, basic ear training and a brief introduction to music theory. PDF Handouts will be included with a description of the western musical system, plus basics on how to read guitar tablature and chord shapes. From here you will experience a series of alternate tunings from Drop D, to Double Drop D, DADGAD, to Open D and a variety of modifications. A PDF will be included with an elaborate list of tunings to use in your compositional toolbox. Many of these tunings are “non-traditional” and original to specific compositions by guitarist and composer Christie Lenée.

    Part 3:

    This is where you will have the most fun! Here you will explore left and right hand tapping guitar techniques, harmonization of melodies, percussive guitar thumps, tapping bass lines and slap harmonics.  You will learn how to break down what seems to be very advanced into something simple. These ideas will enable you to incorporate new tricks into a musical form while engaging with your creativity. By the end, you should feel there is a wide-open path of new thought to your compositional and musical toolbox.

    BIO:

    Christie Lenée is the 2017 Winner of the International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. Her unique guitar work is often compared to Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie was the pioneer for a percussive guitar tool called “The Engle” launched in 2013, being the first musician to ever record with it on her instrumental album “Chasing Infinity.” Christie’s most recent album “Stay” includes 3 symphonic instrumental guitar pieces produced by the legendary, Multi-Grammy award winner Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records). 7 other lyrical pieces are rooted in melodious fingerstyle guitar work, conscious pop vocals and transformative songs.

    www.christielenee.com

    $50.00

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