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Seats are limited on all workshops.
Though tickets are generally available on the day of the workshop,
popular wokshops sell out before the event.

Call or stop by the shop to get your ticket in advance. 650-493-2131

Bottleneck Slide Guitar

This Week
Sat, Mar 07, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Slide playing is personal...it alludes to that quality of the human voice where we slip from note to note with a range of microtones and rhythmic expression. The wail of a blues singer is emulated by the sound of steel or glass slid along steel strings...it haunts us. The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the sound, techniques, and evocations of slide guitar. We will focus on blues playing in open G and open D tunings. Learn shuffle rhythm patterns and some cool licks.

Fingerpicking the Blues

This Week
Sat, Mar 07, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Do you love the playing of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or Delta and Piedmont blues in general? Unlock the mystery of the right hand in blues fingerpicking. This class is designed for the beginning blues fingerpicker: you will learn about playing a constant bass with your thumb over a melody line played with your fingers. We will learn to play an "alternating bass" ...-a bass that travels between two or more strings. The bass in early blues recordings drove the music with a"chug" and a "bounce" that helped give the music its special rhythmic characteristics.

Pete Madsen has been a part of the Bay Area music scene for over 20 years. He performs regularly at venues such as the Freight and Salvage. He has recorded 3 solo CDs and written several books on guitar instruction, including : Fretmaster: Slide Guitar-and-Fretmaster: Funk Bass and Guitar ...both for Backbeat Books, as well The CAGED System for Guitar, published by Hal Leonard; and "A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar" self published. He also writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar magazine on the topics of blues and ragtime guitar.


How Not To Think Like a Guitar Player & Still Be One

Sat, Mar 28, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Rick Ruskin
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. Hand outs included. Bring tape recorders, instruments, writing implements, and lots of questions. All levels of players welcome.

The Metronome is Your Friend

Sat, Apr 04, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Secrets of Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Sat, Apr 04, 2015 from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!

Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco www.HCSF.com

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Palo Alto, California 94306
Toll Free: 888.493.2131

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