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  • When
    Sat, January 20, 2018
    11:30 am
    -1:00 pm

    $40

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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.

    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.

    www.paulasbell.com

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, January 20, 2018
    2:00 pm
    -3:30 pm

    $40

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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.

    www.paulasbell.com

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, January 27, 2018
    11:00 am
    -1:15 pm

    $50

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    This fiddle class is for fiddlers/violin players with several years of experience playing who can play at a moderate to intermediate speed in a jam. You will learn a variety of traditional fiddle tunes in several key and alternate tunings, with a focus on rhythm and bowing and those other important nuances that are typical of traditional Southern style fiddling. Janie will also share techniques for playing chords and back-up, how to improve tone, play by ear and how to pick up tunes easier, quicker and have more fun at a jam.

    Please bring your recording device (audio and video is fine), a notebook, a seat cushion (always handy) and be ready for fun with old time music.

    ABOUT JANIE ROTHFIELD
    Janie Rothfield is an award winning clawhammer banjo player and powerhouse fiddler who has been playing Old Time Music “forever”! Janie got her start playing with older generation fiddlers and banjo players from New England, North Carolina and Quebec and since high school has had bands that played music rooted in Traditional American and Celtic music styles. She is known for her melodic and rhythmic style on both fiddle and banjo, and for her old time style original tunes. She has made over 12 recordings and her recording, OUT OF THIN AIR, features her own compositions and songs. Her music has been played around the world and she has performed throughout the United States, England, Scotland, Cape Breton, Canada, Europe and Australia!

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, March 17, 2018
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm

    $40

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    For all levels and music styles. Flat-picking technique overview featuring four basic styles of right hand picking, two left hand positions, various strumming patterns, two kinds of tremolo, cross-picking, detailed system of developing and maintaining speed and accuracy, basic scales and arpeggios. Special focus will be put on technique used for playing Irish tunes – picking style, chord choice, rhythm backup and ornamentation. Printed materials will be handed out, audio recording is encouraged. As a part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Radim will perform several Celtic pieces.

    Video samples:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50n78AEMnW8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fGsINYelbA

    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.” Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene he has recorded eight 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 teaching at the first, second and last year’s Mandolin Symposium. He has been teaching online private lessons for the past seven years. His first instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun in November 2015.

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, March 17, 2018
    1:30 pm
    -3:30 pm

    $40

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    No experience necessary. We will cover all basic techniques such as hand positions, breathing, over blowing, good tone production, tonguing, vibrato, tremolo, three major and three minor scales, English and Irish ornamentation, and learn a few tunes. Bring your pennywhistle in the key of D or borrow one from the teacher (several loaner instruments are available). Printed materials will be handed out, audio recording is encouraged. Intermediate/Advance students are welcome too and will be given individual advice and assignments. As a part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Radim will perform several Celtic pieces.

    About Radim Zenkl
    Music performer, composer and instructor. Originally from the Czech Republic, Radim resides in California since 1989. Radim is the US Mandolin Champion and remains at the cutting edge of the mandolin’s future. Besides the mandolin he also plays a variety of wind instruments, including the Irish pennywhistle (tin whistle). He has performed with some of the top musicians of the Irish music scene, such as John Doyle, Mary Bergin, Seamus Eagan and others.
    Video samples:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGHBQY_4PWs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-T1dHGU-2g

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, May 5, 2018
    11:00 am
    -12:15 pm

    $40

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    Learning patterns and other peoples’ licks can only take your abilities so far. At some point every player wants the experience of playing “without a net.” This workshop, taught by a guitarist who has made his reputation by arranging and playing some of the most unexpected tunes as fingerstyle pieces, is designed to help get you there. Music and techniques will be performed, examined and explained. Bring instruments, recorders, writing implements, and lots of questions. All levels of players welcome.

    $40.00

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