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  • When
    Sat, April 21, 2018
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm

    $50

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    On Saturday, April 21, Grammy-winner Mark Hanson brings his wealth of experience and information to his old haunts at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California.

    Mark has written two best-selling books on this topic, and has a wealth of information, material, and insight for beginners to intermediates. Mark will discuss hand position, tone production, relaxation and musicality, as well as teach a variety of fingerpicking patterns that will allow you to quickly play tunes like his YouTube hit “Canyon Canon.” Notation/tab handouts included!!

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, April 21, 2018
    1:30 pm
    -3:30 pm

    $50

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    Take your fingerpicking to another level by adding the melody in the top voice! Mark has decades of experience successfully training people to do this, as evidenced by his book Art of Solo Fingerpicking, which is included in the recent publication 50 Greatest Guitar Books. Mark teaches the picking fingers to work independently of the thumb, allowing melodies with any rhythmic requirement to stand out above the accompanying chord tones. He will discuss hand position, use of picks (Mark himself doesn’t use picks, but has in the past), balancing volume of voices, melodic flow, and musicality. Plus, he will hand out picking exercises in notation/tab, along with several cool tunes of his to play. This class is fun!

    $50.00

  • 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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    Sat, May 12, 2018
    11:00 am
    -12:30 pm
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    In the past year Pete has been working on a book for Acoustic Guitar magazine on blues guitar in open tunings. Almost all of the prewar blues artists played in open tunings an in this workshop we will take a look at some of the highlights: including licks and phrases from Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White and others. We will play in Open D (DADF#AD) and open G (DGDGBD) tunings. The focus will be on finger style, so having some familiarity with alternating and monotonic bass is helpful.

    In addition to performing, Pete is a well-respected guitar teacher and writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He has been teaching for over twenty years. He has written seven books of guitar instruction, including A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar, A Guide to Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Improvisation and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, and the CAGED System for Guitar. Most of these titles are available from his educational website:

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, May 12, 2018
    1:00 pm
    -2:30 pm

    $40

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    Slide playing is personal…it alludes to that quality of the human voice where we slip from note to note with a range of microtones and rhythmic expression. The wail of a blues singer is emulated by the sound of steel or glass slid along steel strings…it haunts us. The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the sound, techniques, and evocations of slide guitar. in a blues framework We will play in Open D (DADF#AD) and open G (DGDGBD) tunings, and check out licks and phrases by Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Bukka White, and Tampa Red. Pete will bring a collection of slides made from various materials for participants to try and give advice on which slide to use for different situations.

    In addition to performing, Pete is a well-respected guitar teacher and writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He has been teaching for over twenty years. He has written seven books of guitar instruction, including A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar, A Guide to Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Improvisation and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, and the CAGED System for Guitar. Most of these titles are available from his educational website:

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, June 9, 2018
    1:00 pm
    -3:00 pm

    $50

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    This is a three part workshop.

    Part 1:

    This workshop will begin with learning guitar techniques that allow relaxation and minimal effort. Many guitarists skip technique and move straight into playing, then often develop sharp pain in the left hand from squeezing the guitar neck harder than needed, or a tense right hand from using more effort than necessary. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to use the weight of gravity to fret the strings with minimal effort, and classical based fingerstyle techniques that can be applied to new age, pop, rock, classical, jazz, country and fingerstyle guitar. These exercises will be beneficial to anyone from beginner to professional level of guitar playing. It will teach you a series of every day tools to carry with you on your musical journey, from tapping and fingerstyle guitar to creating your own musical compositions.

    Part 2:

    In this segment you will look at the musical spectrum in block form by a series of steps.  This will briefly explain sharps, flats, basic ear training and a brief introduction to music theory. PDF Handouts will be included with a description of the western musical system, plus basics on how to read guitar tablature and chord shapes. From here you will experience a series of alternate tunings from Drop D, to Double Drop D, DADGAD, to Open D and a variety of modifications. A PDF will be included with an elaborate list of tunings to use in your compositional toolbox. Many of these tunings are “non-traditional” and original to specific compositions by guitarist and composer Christie Lenée.

    Part 3:

    This is where you will have the most fun! Here you will explore left and right hand tapping guitar techniques, harmonization of melodies, percussive guitar thumps, tapping bass lines and slap harmonics.  You will learn how to break down what seems to be very advanced into something simple. These ideas will enable you to incorporate new tricks into a musical form while engaging with your creativity. By the end, you should feel there is a wide-open path of new thought to your compositional and musical toolbox.

    BIO:

    Christie Lenée is the 2017 Winner of the International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. Her unique guitar work is often compared to Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie was the pioneer for a percussive guitar tool called “The Engle” launched in 2013, being the first musician to ever record with it on her instrumental album “Chasing Infinity.” Christie’s most recent album “Stay” includes 3 symphonic instrumental guitar pieces produced by the legendary, Multi-Grammy award winner Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records). 7 other lyrical pieces are rooted in melodious fingerstyle guitar work, conscious pop vocals and transformative songs.

    www.christielenee.com

    $50.00

  • When
    Sat, July 28, 2018
    11:00 am
    -12:15 pm

    $40

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    It’s easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz, country or whatever, if you understand progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all and Fred will explain chord movement and song structure, the circle of 5ths, the 12-bar blues, scale-wise patterns and more! We’ll look at lots of songs, including your suggestions, and see how they work.

    Fred Sokolow is best known as the author of over one-hundred instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ukulele. Fred has long been a well-known West Coast multi-string performer and recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books and DVDs, along with several bluegrass, jazz and rock CDs he has released, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he’s playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity and passion. His books are published by all the major music print publishers including Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Mel Bay and others. His Fretboard Roadmaps series is an international best-seller.

    $40.00

  • When
    Sat, July 28, 2018
    1:00 pm
    -2:15 pm

    $40

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    Strumming the uke is great, but there’s so much more: there’s playing solos, with other people or by yourself. There are lots of soloing strategies; some solos are based on scales, some are based on chords. Fred will introduce you to several soloing ideas, including minor pentatonic scales (blues boxes), major scales and chord-based licks and solos. Learn the basics on how to ad-lib solos in any genre: blues, rock, country…you name it.

    Fred Sokolow is best known as the author of over one-hundred instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ukulele. Fred has long been a well-known West Coast multi-string performer and recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books and DVDs, along with several bluegrass, jazz and rock CDs he has released, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he’s playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity and passion. His books are published by all the major music print publishers including Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Mel Bay and others. His Fretboard Roadmaps series is an international best-seller.

     

    $40.00

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