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

    $50

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    2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée views the guitar as an entire spectrum of musical possibilities. Rooted from the simplicity of seeing the guitar first as a tool for self expression, she says that one of the greatest skills to develop as a musician is to be able to “play what you hear” and speak music as a language. “To feel relaxed, fluid and connected to the instrument is like breathing… and THAT is when the magic happens.”

    Christie will share creative insights about the guitar beginning at the art of listening and ear training, fundamentals of holding the instrument, how to play completely relaxed with minimal effort, and how to translate musical expressions through our hands. Other concepts include songwriting and composition approaches, right hand fingerpicking patterns with creative examples, chord progressions and harmonization, a modern approach to understanding music theory, improvisation, opening up the guitar neck and finding new chord voicings, open tunings, using harmonics and low drones, rhythmic guitar slapping, finger tapping and creating memorable guitar riffs.

    This is a special workshop designed for guitarists, songwriters and composers of all levels. While it will get into some fairly advanced techniques and allow advanced players to thrive, all musicians including beginners are welcome!

    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

  • When
    Sat, June 16, 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 31, 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.

    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, June 23, 2018
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm

    $40

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    In this exclusive masterclass Simon will be demonstrating his Blues and Rock influences, chord and scale vocabulary, rhythm guitar techniques, improvisational concepts and harmonic insight for crafting fresh, contemporary lines that comprise his signature sound. This Masterclass is organized into a series of six sections, each covering essential disciplines and techniques:

    Section 1: Fundamentals Simon presents essential principles for developing your individual musicality; crafting a melodic vocal styling; and learning how to listen, practice, play, emulate and free yourself of patterns.

    Section 2: Chicago Blues Simon takes you back to his Chicago and country blues roots with demonstrations of rhythm and lead work inspired by Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other early influences.

    Section 3: Chords & Comping Chord vocabulary, rhythm/comping techniques, movement and themes are some of Simon’s favorite subjects and he leaves no stones unturned with an illuminating series of demonstrations and performances.

    Section 4: Scales & Applications Harmonic perspective and soloing applications for triads, modes, pentatonic, diminished and altered scales are covered in great detail.

    Section 5: Soloing & Improvisation Playing over changes, crafting solos, phrasing, vibrato and key techniques are focused on and presented in bite-sized, very accessible demonstrations and performances.

    Section 6: Performances Simon puts all of the above to work in a series of illustrative performances over 5 different style backing tracks.

    Bio: Simon Kinny-Lewis has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds. His playing and singing has been recognised by some of the best in the business, Steve Lukather (Toto), T.J Helmerich (Vai), Robert Marcello, Chris Cain, Martin Miller, Christian Howes to name a few.

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, July 28, 2018
    11:00 am
    -12:15 pm

    $40

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    It’s easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz, country or whatever, if you understand progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all and Fred will explain chord movement and song structure, the circle of 5ths, the 12-bar blues, scale-wise patterns and more! We’ll look at lots of songs, including your suggestions, and see how they work.

    Fred Sokolow is best known as the author of over one-hundred instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ukulele. Fred has long been a well-known West Coast multi-string performer and recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books and DVDs, along with several bluegrass, jazz and rock CDs he has released, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he’s playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity and passion. His books are published by all the major music print publishers including Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Mel Bay and others. His Fretboard Roadmaps series is an international best-seller.

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, July 28, 2018
    1:00 pm
    -2:15 pm

    $40

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    Strumming the uke is great, but there’s so much more: there’s playing solos, with other people or by yourself. There are lots of soloing strategies; some solos are based on scales, some are based on chords. Fred will introduce you to several soloing ideas, including minor pentatonic scales (blues boxes), major scales and chord-based licks and solos. Learn the basics on how to ad-lib solos in any genre: blues, rock, country…you name it.

    Fred Sokolow is best known as the author of over one-hundred instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ukulele. Fred has long been a well-known West Coast multi-string performer and recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books and DVDs, along with several bluegrass, jazz and rock CDs he has released, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he’s playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity and passion. His books are published by all the major music print publishers including Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Mel Bay and others. His Fretboard Roadmaps series is an international best-seller.

     

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, September 29, 2018
    11:00 am
    -2:00 pm

    $50

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    We’ll learn how to master the basics of Travis Picking and create a groove where out thumb is independent and non reliant on our fingers for co-ordination, then we’ll learn to play outside the regular CAGED chord shapes and allow ourselves to play more complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines, while using the CAGED chords as reference landmarks. These are the tools we need in order to play piano style rags and more.

    About Richard Smith:
    Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. Now a seasoned performer in his forties with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit, Richard has become renowned worldwide for his mastery of instrument and for his knock-out entertaining shows.

    1999 AFG Golden Thumbpick Award
    2001 National Finger¬style Guitar Champion
    2008 Thumbpicker of the Year
    2009 National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame Induction
    Played with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Nato Lima, Boots Randolph, Tommy Emmanuel, John Jor¬genson, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Earl Klugh, Suzy Bogguss, Victor Wooten, John Cowan and countless more.

    www.richardsmithmusic.com/solo
    www.youtube.com/richardsmithmusic

    $50.00

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