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  • When
    Sat, December 9, 2017
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm



    Bring the music of the Grateful Dead to life on your guitar in this workshop based on the best-selling Homespun video series Learn Seven Classic Grateful Dead Songs for Acoustic Guitar. Jeffrey shows you not only how to play the chords and create powerful grooves behind your singing on songs like “Uncle John’s Band,” “Friend of the Devil,” “New Speedway Boogie,” and “Althea,” but also how to add cool embellishments and lead breaks inspired by the Dead’s live and studio performances. The specific songs covered in the workshop will depend on the group’s interests.

    Jeffrey, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir in depth about their guitar and songwriting styles, and draws on insights from those conversations to capture the soul of their timeless songs. Listen to songs and watch video samples at:

    “Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers sure can play the music—listen to his ‘Stella Blue’ and you’ll know what I mean. Better still, he can teach it.”
    —Dennis McNally, author, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

    “Incredibly pleased with this workshop. Jeff’s love of music and creating single-guitar arrangements of songs comes through very clearly, and he explains things simply and concisely so anyone can follow along.”
    —David Hodge, editor, Guitar Noise


  • When
    Sat, December 9, 2017
    2:00 pm
    -4:00 pm



    For a songwriter, the guitar can do more than accompany your voice and fill in the chords—it can be a great writing partner, sparking song ideas and helping to guide you throughout the process. In this workshop, Jeffrey, a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, shares tips and techniques for using the guitar in songwriting. Learn how to turn riffs and grooves into songs, steal ideas (legally!) from other songs, develop chord progressions, build contrast between sections of a song, and more.

    “Jeffrey is a patient, calm instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart. You walk out of his workshop with a definite reboot.”
    —Bill “the Kid” Claiborne

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  • When
    Sun, December 10, 2017
    1:00 pm
    -3:00 pm



    Change the way you arrange, solo, and accompany yourself on guitar. Get out of first position, increase your improvising options, and improve your groove! Mary will focus on blues in A and will show how to use simple moveable chord shapes to enhance your repertoire. Unravel the mystery of higher voicings so you can create melodies and fills, and learn how to make sense of the CAGED system. For advanced beginners and up. Ability to read TAB is very useful, as is recording the class.

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    About Mary Flower:

    An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals, teaching seminars and concert stages domestically and abroad, that include Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Vancouver Folk Festival, among many.

    A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Finger Picking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008, 2012 and 2016 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and many times a Cascade Blues Assn. Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.

    “A world class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player.” – Downbeat Magazine

    “There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music…” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine


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