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  • When
    Sat, January 19, 2019
    11:30 am
    -1:00 pm
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    Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Jorma Kaukonen, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Merle Travis, Dave van Ronk, and others.

    Topics covered will include right hand fundamentals, such as alternate-bass technique, Delta-style drones, palm muting, and exercises to create effortless dexterity, syncopations and strong grooves.

    Left-hand issues range from basic chord concepts to sophisticated jazz and ragtime chord substitutions, moving bass lines, “guide tones”, etc, w/ emphasis on creating your own licks, turnarounds and variations within the style.

    All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Many worksheets will get handed out, with exercises, TAB transcriptions, chord fingerings, etc… enough to keep you busy for many months afterwards!, Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, January 19, 2019
    2:00 pm
    -3:30 pm
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    Blues and Jazz have been around for over 100 years, and have influenced and enriched each other the entire time. Every jazz improvisor has incorporated blues licks and melodies into their arsenal of techniques; while modern blues style has incorporated jazz chord concepts and riffs throughout its development.

    This workshop will first present practical ways to incorporate jazz harmony and melodic concepts into playing the blues on guitar, using 9th and 13th chord voicings, II-V-I substitutions, III-VI-II-V turnarounds, arpeggio patterns, etc. in both acoustic fingerstyle and electric rhythm approaches. Styles of T-Bone Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Count Basie, and others, many in printed handout form, will be used to make points come alive.

    Then, we’ll explore how jazz players have used bluesy figures and forms to liven up some of the “schmaltzier” aspects of jazz guitar. Tunes by Charles Mingus, Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, etc will be used- again, accompanied by printed handouts.

    All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop!

    About Paul Asbell:

    Paul has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James

    Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others.

    He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul’s acoustic CD’s have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, and Downbeat.

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, January 26, 2019
    11:30 am
    -1:30 pm

    $50

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    Fiddle tunes make up a significant portion of the instrumental tunes you’ll encounter in jam sessions and in bands. However, it can take months to memorize someone else’s complex note-for-note arrangement and be able to play it up to speed in a jam. In this brand-new workshop topic designed for “high” beginner through lower advanced students, Bill will present an ear-based method utilizing what you already know to develop banjo-friendly solos that you can actually play! Along the way, Bill will discuss his own decision-making process in how he works up solos to fiddle tunes by mixing Scruggs, melodic and single-string techniques as needed, based upon the chord progression and melody . Tab examples will be provided and audio/video recording is encouraged.

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, January 26, 2019
    2:30 pm
    -4:30 pm
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    Bill unlocks the secret of fancy bluegrass accompaniment using up the neck chord shapes, roll patterns and licks, designed for “high” beginner to intermediate students. Building upon a step-by-step approach that starts with the basics, Bill shows the formulas used by banjo players such as Earl Scruggs, J. D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne that you can put to immediate use in your next band rehearsal or jam session. Topics to be discussed include navigating the fretboard using movable chord shapes for vamping, up-the-neck backup using the F and D shapes and the “In The Mood” roll, how to use Earl Scruggs’ great backup licks to enhance your sound, how to “hear” chord progressions, and using the capo to play in different keys and back-up aesthetics (when to do what!). Tab examples will be presented for everything that will be covered in the session but it’s not necessary to read tab well to get a lot out of this workshop. Audio and/or video recording is encouraged.

    $50.00

  • Take the Lead! A one-day workshop on basic soloing ideas for the guitar

    In this workshop Adam Traum will be teaching basic lead guitar idea development. If you have been playing chords but aren’t sure how to take a lead break when it’s your turn, Adam will be demonstrating his method to successful soloing. 

    In Adam’s two-hour workshop he will take a few basic songs and start with the melody and scale of the key you are playing in and develops ideas out from there. The overall idea of this lesson is to give early intermediate players a method to develop their own soloing ideas using simple tools and ideas to express themselves.

    He will show some “moveable” shapes, cascading scales and riffs that can be used as fills or for soloing ideas. Adam will also emphasize touch, tone and timing as an essential part of this class.

    He has taught multiple lessons for Homespun Music Instruction on guitar and mandolin and has produced many Homespun lessons as well as working with Acoustic Guitar Magazine producing educational, performance and gear review videos.

    Adam grew up in a musical family in Woodstock, NY, and had a front row seat to legendary performers like John Sebastian, the Band, Rory Block and his father and uncle, Happy and Artie Traum to name a few. He has been playing guitar since he was eight years old and after years of playing in public as a sideline to his job as photojournalist, he became a full time musician in 2006 working as an educator and performing artist.

    He is based in Sonoma, California, and works as a solo artist and plays and tours with a few bands including the Ragged But Right Quartet (featuring Colin Gilmore and Pete and Maura Kennedy), Wolf Run (a duo with Jack Hines) and the Straw Wattles. He also performs with his father Happy Traum a few times a year.

     

    www.adamtraumguitar.com

    https://www.homespun.com/instructors/adam-traum/

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, February 23, 2019
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm
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    For all instruments and vocalists. All levels welcome!

    In order to grow as a musician, it is important to develop your ability to recognize what you hear in live music sessions and recordings, and then translate that to your instrument. This workshop will teach you to correctly recognize what you hear more quickly, allowing you to interpret and respond to music with greater conviction and expression because you are more certain of the notes you are hearing, playing and singing. It builds connections between your inner hearing (or aural imagination), your voice and your instrument.

    Melodic Ear Training:
    – ascending and descending intervals, connecting them to the steps in major and major scales
    – modes of major scale and several minor scales (their first mode)
    – major and minor pentatonic scales

    Harmonic Ear Training:
    – major and minor chords and their extensions (such as 7, 9, 11, 13, b5 and other altered notes)
    – other chords such as suspended, diminished, augmented and half-diminished
    – seven chords of one key (aka the harmonized scale)
    – chord progression using chords from other keys (chords such as Bb, D7 or A7 in the key of C, etc.)

    This workshop will be taught using well known songs and tunes. Main emphasis will be on practical use of this skill, making you better at your playing, singing, improvising, arranging, transcribing, teaching and composing. Printed materials will be provided and audio recording is encouraged.

    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.” Radim has performed or recorded duets with musicians such as David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Jerry Garcia, Rob Wasserman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, John McCutcheon and many others. He has recorded nine 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 several times at the Mandolin Symposium. He has been teaching online private lessons for the past eight years. His instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun in November 2015.
    www.zenkl.com

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, February 23, 2019
    1:30 pm
    -3:30 pm
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    Workshop for all melodic instruments. (mandolin, guitar, violin, banjo, ukulele, flute, clarinet, keyboard, etc.) All levels welcome!

Understanding of “what exactly makes a good solo a good solo”, covering the whole structure of improvised solos and their elements. Specific ideas and suggestions for playing better solos. Analysis of solos in major and minor keys. Common direction for most musical styles and then specific idioms and musical vocabulary for folk, bluegrass, blues and jazz. Tips for preparing your solo in one month, in 1 day and in 1 minute!

Hands on workshop, bring your instruments! Audio recording is encouraged.

    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.” Radim has performed or recorded duets with musicians such as David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Jerry Garcia, Rob Wasserman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, John McCutcheon and many others. He has recorded nine 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 several times at the Mandolin Symposium. He has been teaching online private lessons for the past eight years. His instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun in November 2015.
    www.zenkl.com

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, March 2, 2019
    3:00 pm
    -5:00 pm

    $50

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    In this workshop we’ll be looking at a short ragtime piece. This will help, amongst other things, with your thumb/finger independence & all-important rhythm. Clive will also bring a Celtic tune and is open to questions about everything ‘guitar’ from his techniques and arranging process, to life on tour with John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel! Each student will be provided with TAB/sheet music on the day. If you have been playing for decades or you have just picked up the guitar in recent years and can fingerpick chords, you are sure to gain from this workshop. Not suitable for the absolute beginner.
    Clive Carroll is probably the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain. Clive has been immersed in music since birth. His mother, Jean, born in Clonlara in County Clare, Ireland, plays button accordion; his sister, Becky, plays the guitar and sings; and with Dad on bodhran and bass, they played gigs all over England as a family band.
    The level of musicality that Clive displays is truly astonishing, one not automatically present in even the most skilled of professional guitarists. Stylistically, Clive’s compositions rove eclectically and brilliantly through and across genre boundaries. They display Clive’s superb sense of rhythm, external and internal, and his unerring feel for pace, knowing just when and how to let the music breathe.

    “Truly a guitarist for all seasons, Carroll is up there with his peers such as John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. Inspirations run from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings, all cleanly arranged and immaculately interpreted.” – Roots Magazine

    “…a milestone on the journey of the steel-string guitar” – John Renbourn
    “Probably the best and most original young guitar player in Britain today” – Acoustic Guitar

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, April 13, 2019
    11:00 am
    -2:00 pm

    $50

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    Richard will teach the ideas, techniques and musical building blocks of two of the most influential fingerpickers in history. Between Travis Picking, banjo style rolls, counterpoint, hammer on and pull off techniques, walking bass lines, alternating harmonics, “claw” style rhythms and varied lead lines, we’ll try to cover as much ground as we can using various tunes and excepts as examples. A must for Chet and Jerry fans!
    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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