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    Sat, October 7, 2017
    11:00 am
    -2:00 pm

    $50

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    The Piedmont style of fingerpicking is characterized by an alternating bass which is played by the thumb while other fingers on the picking hand simultaneously play the melody. The result is a full sound that often feels like two guitars are being played at once. Master this technique and you’ll be an entire band all by yourself! This workshop will introduce students to this interesting technique in the context of several easy arrangements from the Country Blues acoustic tradition and provide solid direction for further study in this area. The workshop will move at an easy pace and will be taught by ear. Students should be familiar with basic first position chords and be able to keep time while changing between them. Tablature will be provided for all songs covered and recording is encouraged.

    Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots in Virginia and Georgia. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar and specializes in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Valerie has taught at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop in WA, Blues & Swing Week in WV, and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation in MD. Her eclectic repertoire was heavily influenced by the late John Cephas, a world renowned Country Blues musician in the Piedmont style, and her guitar playing is reminiscent of traditional blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Etta Baker, and Elizabeth Cotten. Valerie and her husband Ben perform as the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo and have traveled as far as Israel, Ireland, Spain, and Germany to share their music.

    $50.00

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    Sat, October 7, 2017
    2:00 pm
    -5:00 pm

    $50

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    Blues music originated in the relatively small Delta and Piedmont regions of the American south, and has spread across the globe in the matter of one century. This is not surprising since the songs from the early 1900s told stories in ways that have not been duplicated since. This workshop will explore several easy arrangements of traditional songs in different keys from the Country Blues acoustic tradition and, in the context of these arrangements, students will focus on strengthening thumb/finger independence in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. The workshop will move at a moderate pace and will be taught by ear. Students should be able to maintain an alternating bass with their thumb while changing between first position chords at a slow tempo. Tablature will be provided for all songs covered and recording is encouraged.

    Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots in Virginia and Georgia. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar and specializes in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Valerie has taught at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop in WA, Blues & Swing Week in WV, and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation in MD. Her eclectic repertoire was heavily influenced by the late John Cephas, a world renowned Country Blues musician in the Piedmont style, and her guitar playing is reminiscent of traditional blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Etta Baker, and Elizabeth Cotten. Valerie and her husband Ben perform as the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo and have traveled as far as Israel, Ireland, Spain, and Germany to share their music.

    $50.00

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    Sat, November 4, 2017
    10:30 am
    -12:30 pm

    $40

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    In this workshop Grammy winner and guitar author Mark Hanson explores the world of fingerpicking the uke. Mark will demonstrate a variety of useful fingerpicking patterns, augmented by a better understanding of uke chords and how to build them. Plus, he will teach you his cool uke arrangements of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”!  All sizes of ukes are welcome. Mark will use his baritone and tenor. Bring a capo, please!

    Mark Hanson
    Grammy-Award Winner 2005
    Email: Mark@AccentOnMusic.com
    Website: MarkHansonGuitar.com

    $40.00

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    Sat, November 4, 2017
    1:30 pm
    -3:30 pm

    $40

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    Take your Hawaiian slack key playing to the next level! In May, Mark provided Gryphonites with an introduction to slack-key fingerpicking using “Taro Patch” (Open-G) and “C-Wahine” tunings. In this workshop, Mark will review – then augment – your understanding of Taro Patch using new chords and exercises, plus delve into Mauna Loa (added 6th) tuning. Mark will show you how to play Keola Beamer’s beautiful “E Ku’u Morning Dew” and his own “Lihue Luau.” There will be plenty of hands-on playing in this workshop! Bring your guitars tuned to Open-G tuning: D-G-D-G-B-D, lowest pitch to highest.

    Mark Hanson
    Grammy-Award Winner 2005
    Email: Mark@AccentOnMusic.com
    Website: MarkHansonGuitar.com

    $40.00

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