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  • When
    Sat, July 22, 2017
    12:30 pm
    -2:00 pm

    $35.00

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    Join Ukulele Master Lil Rev for a rollicking 90 minutes of ukulele madness as we explore the music and legacy of Huddie Leadbetter AKA Leadbelly. We strum and sing our way thru 12 classic leadbelly tunes, learn a blues turnaround riff, how to play boogie on the ukulele and the blues and rock strum pattern. Part History, Part Repertoire and Part Blues Ukulele studies, this class has a little something for everyone. Open to all levels. Handouts Provided.

    “A Ukulele Wizard.” Elderly Instruments

    “Listen to this! Lil Rev is Great!” -Pete Seeger

    For further info or questions see Lil Rev at www.lilrev.com

    $35.00

  • When
    Sat, July 22, 2017
    3:00 pm
    -4:30 pm

    $35.00

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    Regarded as one of the leading authorities on Triplet strokes, Lil Rev presents 90 minutes of easy to understand, highly playable, triplet examples, broken down step by step, so the student can 1st grasp the mechanics then learn to integrate triplets into their playing. As we survey 5 different triplet examples, your goal is to find 1 that really works best for you and work towards mastery. Open to all levels. Handouts provided.

    “A Ukulele Wizard.” Elderly Instruments

    “Listen to this! Lil Rev is Great!” -Pete Seeger

    For further info or questions see Lil Rev at www.lilrev.com

    $35.00

  • When
    Sat, September 2, 2017
    11:00 am
    -2:00 pm

    $40

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    Focus on ragtime, Travis picking and swing. We’ll NEED to develop our ears in order to arrange. This is essential. We’ll start with some fundamentals. Melody and bass. How to get the fullest sounding arrangements by picking the right keys and making good decisions about fingerings. We’ll discuss how to practice by setting goals and staying focused. We’ll discuss the aspects of rhythm guitar and how it can help our arranging and solo playing.

    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 Fingerstyle Guitar Champion
    2008 Thumbpicker of the Year
    2009 National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame Induction

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

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, October 7, 2017
    11:00 am
    -2:00 pm

    $50

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    The Piedmont style of fingerpicking is characterized by an alternating bass which is played by the thumb while other fingers on the picking hand simultaneously play the melody. The result is a full sound that often feels like two guitars are being played at once. Master this technique and you’ll be an entire band all by yourself! This workshop will introduce students to this interesting technique in the context of several easy arrangements from the Country Blues acoustic tradition and provide solid direction for further study in this area. The workshop will move at an easy pace and will be taught by ear. Students should be familiar with basic first position chords and be able to keep time while changing between them. Tablature will be provided for all songs covered and recording is encouraged.

    Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots in Virginia and Georgia. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar and specializes in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Valerie has taught at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop in WA, Blues & Swing Week in WV, and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation in MD. Her eclectic repertoire was heavily influenced by the late John Cephas, a world renowned Country Blues musician in the Piedmont style, and her guitar playing is reminiscent of traditional blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Etta Baker, and Elizabeth Cotten. Valerie and her husband Ben perform as the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo and have traveled as far as Israel, Ireland, Spain, and Germany to share their music.

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, October 7, 2017
    2:00 pm
    -5:00 pm

    $50

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    Blues music originated in the relatively small Delta and Piedmont regions of the American south, and has spread across the globe in the matter of one century. This is not surprising since the songs from the early 1900s told stories in ways that have not been duplicated since. This workshop will explore several easy arrangements of traditional songs in different keys from the Country Blues acoustic tradition and, in the context of these arrangements, students will focus on strengthening thumb/finger independence in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. The workshop will move at a moderate pace and will be taught by ear. Students should be able to maintain an alternating bass with their thumb while changing between first position chords at a slow tempo. Tablature will be provided for all songs covered and recording is encouraged.

    Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots in Virginia and Georgia. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar and specializes in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Valerie has taught at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop in WA, Blues & Swing Week in WV, and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation in MD. Her eclectic repertoire was heavily influenced by the late John Cephas, a world renowned Country Blues musician in the Piedmont style, and her guitar playing is reminiscent of traditional blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Etta Baker, and Elizabeth Cotten. Valerie and her husband Ben perform as the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo and have traveled as far as Israel, Ireland, Spain, and Germany to share their music.

    $50.00

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