Winter Weekend Classes 2016

Play-party music, dance tunes, folk songs and ballads are part of the rich Scots-Irish musical legacy of the Appalachians, both North and South. All instruments welcome, and singers too, as we give fresh voice to this repertoire. Learning by ear will be encouraged, but there will also be notation for some of the music. All levels

  • Blues Guitar Strategies in Standard Tuning
  • Scott Ainslie
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

We’ll lay the groundwork for understanding blues guitar techniques that are the foundation for rock n’ roll, and contemporary country music. We’ll examine the chord forms and techniques that allow solo guitarists to sound like two guitarists, with an eye to understanding how to find and employ these sorts of forms up the neck and how best to use them as soloists. A few chords, a few licks, a simple strategy, and enough guitar information to hold it all together. Intermediate/Advanced

  • Blues: Out of Africa-One Simple Scale
  • Scott Ainslie
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

This one shot will focus on seeing how we can use a simple scale to decorate, respond to, and invent licks between sung blues lines. The blues certainly begin as African melodies that are eventually accompanied by European chords and harmonies. Learning the minor pentatonic scale out of West Africa and seeing how it fits into our familiar major scale very quickly delivers you at the door of simple blues soloing, call and response licks and highlights the key notes that cause us to all go, "OH…it's Blues!" All levels

  • Changing Voices – Capoing the Fretted Dulcimer
  • Lorraine Hammond
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The use of a capo in combination with a range of tunings and a diatonic (mostly) fret pattern yields rich possibilities for pitches and patterns and dramatic shifts in voicing. Decades ago I experimented with a small wood C-clamp to create a dulcimer capo. There are much better ones available now. I’ll bring a few extra capos and loaner dulcimers. Advanced beginner/Intermediate

  • Dissecting Doublestops
  • Ben Pearce
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Understanding doublestops in terms of scales as well as partial chords, how to effectively use doublestops in both lead and backup playing. This approach helps underscore the harmonic underpinnings of commonly used doublestops and their place in the chords over which they are played. Intermediate

Let’s concentrate on crispness, clarity, and reliable right hand rhythm. We’ll use a fine tune or two to hone this old-time technique. Intermediate

How to find your calm and peaceful center in the eye of the storm....in the eye
of the energy of expression.
 How to claim space on stage and be in the beautiful
and exciting moment of performing. Exploring the world of "owning it"! 
Experience being your authentic self and in the flow with an audience. 
Releasing your inner strengths to savor the moment so you can perhaps remember your performance instead of the memory being erased by nervousness. Sloan will provide a safe and supportive atmosphere all around performance. Song selection, intros, elements of taking care of yourself on and off stage, tools for preparing, practicing, facing and engaging happily with an audience.
We're gonna talk a little and check in with what you need. 
We're gonna get everyone up on stage. We're gonna have fun. All levels

  • Flatpick Guitar
  • Rik Barron
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Whether it's a fiddle tune or a three-chord strum the flatpick can make or break the song. Free up the right hand and get in the groove. All levels

  • Glorious Gospel/Easy To Learn Songs And Harmonies
  • Greg Greenway
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The beauty and power of gospel, spiritual, and movement songs is that they can be learned in an instant, and that they carry deep emotions with uplift and liberation. It's my theory that the singing came first and some wise soul built a church around it. All levels

  • Jamming Strategies for Guitarists
  • Bennett Hammond
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Looking for your own voice in a jam session? Come learn how to mix it up and keep it fun. All levels

  • Know Thy Mandolin
  • Ben Pearce
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The construction and constituent parts of the mandolin, how each contributes to the functionality of the mandolin as a whole, as well as setup tweaks that you can do yourself to improve playability. This class looks at how to take care of your instrument as well as how to identify when things are amiss. All levels

  • Learning the Numbers: I, IV, V
  • Ben Pearce
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

A look the most common bluegrass and folk progressions and the mandolin as a great medium for playing rhythm along with them, and we’ll unlock a fundamental secret to navigating the mandolin fingerboard. Beginner/Intermediate

  • Performance - Taming the Microphone
  • John Doerschuk
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

John Doershuk, soundman extraordinaire, will coach three sessions for folks who want hands on performance experience at the microphone. All levels

The voice is the most personal instrument and learning a new way to use it can transform you. African-rooted aesthetics – carrying traditional spiritual concerns – gradually brought the art of singing in America to dramatically new territory and changed what we expect of pop, blues, soul, jazz, gospel and even country singers today. From a white choirboy, folk singer, to stage singer and Blues singer, I’ve spent decades exploring what it means to sing in an African-influenced tradition. Come prepared to learn something of the differences between European and African traditions and techniques/strategies to use your own voice to greater emotional effect. No instruments required. All levels

  • Singing With Your Heart, Soul and Body
  • Sloan Wainwright
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Singing is fun! Inside each of us lives a beautiful and unique instrument!
In this workshop, we will move our bodies, soften our hearts, open our mouths and let our voices out to play! With an emphasis on vocal health and self care, we will use a combination of vocal warm-ups and work-outs, to help relax and strengthen the voice - making it more flexible and reliable. Individual attention and support is offered to each person in class as well as for the group as a whole. All levels

  • Songs of Newfoundland
  • Rik Barron
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

It's impossible to fit 500 hundred years of songs and tunes into one session. Newfoundlander's love Newfoundland and the modern songs show it. We'll learn a couple, and you'll long for Newfoundland too. Everyone welcome

I once wrote a song in an hour and fifteen minutes at a festival workshop. Well, we did. Developing an idea, fleshing it out, finding a melody - all of these things can come with a flash of inspiration: but even then, there is a system in place. Our collective song will inform our individual songs. All levels

  • Songwriting: Swimming in the River of Your Song
  • Sloan Wainwright
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

This is our time to create songs from a place of freedom, flow and fun. Each day we'll show up and allow ourselves to dip into the waters of creativity - we will listen, we will write, we will mine ideas and marry together music and words. Using games and prompts - we will practice being in and writing in "non-edit" mode and see where each of us are led. Through examples and discussion we will play with our ideas and open ourselves to inspiration. You'll leave the class with a whole new outlook on your songwriting process, with new skills to help you grow as an artist, and a new song to sing. Jump on in...the water is fine! All levels

Hands-on introduction to this uniquely American folk instrument that helped create the Carter Family’s distinctive sound. Bring your own autoharp if you have one. There will be a few extras available. All levels

  • Tony Ellis Banjo Style
  • Rik Barron
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Known as the Backwoods Bach, Tony's tunes will put a little romance in your banjo playing. Old time tunings coupled with modern three finger playing. Unlock your right hand. Intermediate to advanced three finger

Join Bennett for these diagnostic and therapeutic guitar coaching sessions.
All levels

I'd like to introduce you to a lifetime friend - your guitar. Like all friendships, they start with fun, then a little overcoming of fear, a little give and take, and then settling into a good place in your life. All levels