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    Sat, March 23, 2019
    11:30 am
    -1:30 pm

    $50

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    DATE: March 23, 2019, 11:30 am-1:30am<p>Introduction to Alternate Tunings

    Whether you’re completely new to playing in alternate tunings or want to expand on the tunings you already use, in this workshop, fingerstyle guitarist and Peghead Nation co-founder Teja Gerken will help you see beyond EADGBE.

    Teja will begin by showing musical examples in common tunings such as Drop D, Open D, DADGAD, Open G, etc., and will discuss why you might choose one tuning over another. He will then use his arrangements of the Irish traditional The South Wind (in DADGAD) and the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps (in CGDGCD tuning) to provide a musical context and to get students playing (music in TAB and standard notation will be provided).

    Throughout the workshop, Teja will emphasize ways to understand the common territory between various tunings, as well as their relationships to standard tuning, which will help you navigate the rearranged fretboard. Teja will also demonstrate how alternate tunings facilitate contemporary fingerstyle techniques, how they can be useful in the context of playing with others, and how to use them in multiple keys.

    Teja Gerken (www.tejagerken.com) has been deeply involved with the contemporary fingerstyle guitar scene for more than 20 years, and his two CDs of solo fingerstyle tunes, On My Way and Postcards have received international acclaim. Teja is a co-founder of the music instruction website Peghead Nation (www.pegheadnation.com), and he has written extensively about guitars and guitarists during his 15 years tenure as an editor for Acoustic Guitar magazine, and as a contributor to Fretboard Journal, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, and other publications. In addition, he is the author of The Taylor Guitar Book.

    $50.00

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

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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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    Sat, April 27, 2019
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm
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    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. First we will learn about “dead-thumb” – playing a single string bass, with melody notes played on other strings. Then we will try 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.

    Participants should have knowledge of first position guitar chords and some fingerpicking experience is useful…beyond that just a love of blues and a desire to learn is all that is needed.

    Pete Madsen bio:

    In addition to performing, Pete is a well-respected guitar teacher and writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He has written eight books of guitar instruction, including A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar, A Guide to Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Improvisation and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, The CAGED System for Guitar, and Play the Blues Like.… He can be seen at his very popular classes in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage most Wednesday and Thursday nights teaching everything from blues jamming to fingerstyle guitar and bottleneck slide.

     

    $50.00

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    Sat, April 27, 2019
    1:30 pm
    -3:30 pm
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    For guitar players who want to learn how to solo over blues changes. We will take a basic 12 bar blues as our background format and use ideas based on scales and riffs to learn the art of soloing. This will be a lot of fun for those folks who have a little background in playing blues rhythms, but want to create lead lines that are rippin! Whether you know the pentatonic scale or not, Pete will show the class how to break it down into small chunks: play short phrases (licks), and work towards a “call” and “response” in your solo playing.

    Pete Madsen bio:
    In addition to performing, Pete is a well-respected guitar teacher and writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He has written eight books of guitar instruction, including A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar, A Guide to Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Improvisation and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, The CAGED System for Guitar, and Play the Blues Like.… He can be seen at his very popular classes in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage most Wednesday and Thursday nights teaching everything from blues jamming to fingerstyle guitar and bottleneck slide.

    $50.00

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