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  • When
    Sat, June 23, 2018
    11:00 am
    -1:00 pm

    $40

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    In this exclusive masterclass Simon will be demonstrating his Blues and Rock influences, chord and scale vocabulary, rhythm guitar techniques, improvisational concepts and harmonic insight for crafting fresh, contemporary lines that comprise his signature sound. This Masterclass is organized into a series of six sections, each covering essential disciplines and techniques:

    Section 1: Fundamentals Simon presents essential principles for developing your individual musicality; crafting a melodic vocal styling; and learning how to listen, practice, play, emulate and free yourself of patterns.

    Section 2: Chicago Blues Simon takes you back to his Chicago and country blues roots with demonstrations of rhythm and lead work inspired by Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other early influences.

    Section 3: Chords & Comping Chord vocabulary, rhythm/comping techniques, movement and themes are some of Simon’s favorite subjects and he leaves no stones unturned with an illuminating series of demonstrations and performances.

    Section 4: Scales & Applications Harmonic perspective and soloing applications for triads, modes, pentatonic, diminished and altered scales are covered in great detail.

    Section 5: Soloing & Improvisation Playing over changes, crafting solos, phrasing, vibrato and key techniques are focused on and presented in bite-sized, very accessible demonstrations and performances.

    Section 6: Performances Simon puts all of the above to work in a series of illustrative performances over 5 different style backing tracks.

    Bio: Simon Kinny-Lewis has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds. His playing and singing has been recognised by some of the best in the business, Steve Lukather (Toto), T.J Helmerich (Vai), Robert Marcello, Chris Cain, Martin Miller, Christian Howes to name a few.

    $40.00

  • 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

  • When
    Sat, September 29, 2018
    11:00 am
    -2:00 pm

    $50

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    We’ll learn how to master the basics of Travis Picking and create a groove where out thumb is independent and non reliant on our fingers for co-ordination, then we’ll learn to play outside the regular CAGED chord shapes and allow ourselves to play more complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines, while using the CAGED chords as reference landmarks. These are the tools we need in order to play piano style rags and more.

    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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