Saturday, July 27th Friday, August 2nd
Cary Black(Seattle, WA)
Beginning Upright Bass(12) Class topics will include listening, hearing what notes to play, finding the notes on the bass, producing a dynamic sound comfortably, keeping steady time, playing in tune, and playing appropriately in various musical settings.
Swing Bass (34) We'll study how the acoustic bass functions in the swing styles of the 30s, 40s, and beyond. In class we'll learn how to improvise two-beat and walking bass lines that anchor the harmony and create a compelling groove.
Brian Butler(Seattle, WA)
Beginning Blues(23) Add songs and blues licks to your repertoire and get the blues feel in your playing. We'll learn both classics and newer blues songs and spend time playing them in order to master the earthy pulse of the blues.
Intermediate Blues (34) We'll learn turnarounds, riffs, and licks and we'll play songs with various "feels." Our tunes will range from classic to contemporary blues. We'll learn the notes and then, most importantly, focus on playing with lots of feeling.
Connie Doolan(Oakland, CA)
Beginning Voice Technique(12) The basics of vocal technique for the singer include: breath, tone, placement, enunciation, projection, range and phrasing - and in each class we'll build upon these elements. Embrace a new confidence in your singing.
Intermediate Voice Technique (23) Come get a vocal workout and tune up. We'll improve your vocal technique thru exercises and apply them to songs that you're working on. Please bring 2 or 3 songs to work on in class from the folk or swing genre.
Marie Eaton(Bellingham, WA)
Songwriter's Tool Box(12) Songwriting is a quest to describe the sacred, the comical, or the singular within everyday life. In this class we'll explore the tools of songwriting through a series of fun (and maybe a little risky) exercises that will lead toward songs.
Fine Tuning Your Tunes (24) In this Master Class, we'll work together on songs that are stuck between inspiration and completion. We'll examine how well your initial choices are working in a number of common areas: melody, lyric, structure, and groove.
Jack Hansen(Seattle, WA)
Beatles(13) We will meet daily to play and sing Beatles songs (someone's gotta do it). We'll also examine why it is so much fun to do these songs and what role the guitar plays in getting that Beatles sound.
Swing Comping (34) We will learn the guitar chord forms and techniques that define Big Band and small ensemble playing in swing music. We'll explore what works well with singers and imitate our hero, Freddie Green from the Count Basie Band.
Wayne Henderson(Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Beginning Finger-Flatpicking(3) You can learn to play fiddle tunes and melodies from the Southeastern U.S. using either a flatpick or Wayne's "pinch" style of fingerpicking. Wayne will go over it (and over it, and over it, and over it, and over it) until you get it.
Advanced Finger-Flatpicking (4) This class will learn more complex Southeastern single-note fiddle tunes and melodies played with either a flat pick or with Wayne's "pinch" style of fingerpicking. Yes, Wayne will go over it as long as you'd like. Really!
Irene Herrmann(Santa Cruz, CA)
Beginning Mandolin(12) Our week will include tunes in the keys of G, D, A, E and C - waltzes and reels -- some from France, Poland, Finland, and Italy. We'll learn how to practice hard passages and de-mystify learning tunes by ear during jam sessions.
Mandolin Orchestra (24) We'll do 2-, 3-, maybe even 4-part arrangements of tunes well- suited to the mandolin and multiple part harmonies. Mandolas, mandocellos, and stray guitars looking for a place to supply bass runs and harmonies are all welcome.
Kent Hillman (New Westminster, BC)
Beginning with Fingerpicking(2) This class will help develop strength and efficiency in both hands while exploring tone production, very simple picking patterns, and basic chords. Emphasis will be on troubleshooting problems, relaxation, and avoiding injury.
Fingerstyle Accompaniment (3) Learn fingerstyle techniques for backing up singers and other lead instruments. Examples of innovative fingerstyle accompaniment will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own projects and ideas.
Ed Johnson (Palo Alto, CA)
The Secret Life Of Chords(24) You'll learn how to take the chords you know and, with a modicum of music theory, turn them into sonic jewels. (Hey, I really wrote this, and I mean it!) Chord substitution and progressions will be a major point of focus.
Multi-Part Vocal Harmony (24) Using jazz, world beat, and gospel, we'll feel the joy of singing crystalline harmonies and melodies. The emphasis will be on having fun while working together and uplifting the spirit through soaring vocal harmony.
Lorraine Lee Hammond (Brookline, MA)
Lap Harps and Hog Fiddles Beginning Fretted Dulcimer(12) Designed to have you playing with confidence by the end of the week, this class will build basic repertoire and chops. Suitable for 3 or 4 string instruments.
Can You Really Do That On A Dulcimer? (24) This intermediate/advanced fretted dulcimer class explores cutting edge blues/jazz chops and refines playing techniques to include sustain and vibrato. Geared to the 4 equidistant string set-up.
Eddie Pennington (Princeton, KY)
Thumbpicking(3) In this class we will learn the basics of the Western Kentucky "thumbpicking" style popularized by Merle Travis, and we'll work on some simple songs. Our focus will be primarily on learning to use the right hand.
Thumbpicking (4) In this class we'll be working on learning thumbpicking chords that use the left thumb on the neck, double noting of strings, different right hand rolls and rhythms, and a few tricks and licks that can be used as fillers and endings.
Tom Rawson (Seattle, WA)
Crystal Reeves(Central Point, OR)
Beginning Guitar(1) Let's have some fun learning to play the guitar. If you've never played before or want to get back into it, we'll learn how to hold and strum the guitar and play a few easy chords and songs.
Introduction to the Flat Pick (2) We'll start with basics on how to hold the pick and do basic strumming patterns. Then we'll add bass runs and flat pick some easy melodies.
Rick Ruskin(Seattle, WA)
Stepping Stones(3) This class will use fingerstyle pieces from the blues and ragtime traditions to improve fingerpicking understanding and technique. Applicable to anyone who has reasonable left hand skills and has some experience with alternating bass lines.
Takin' It To The Street (4) The material presented here will go considerably beyond what most consider "fingerstyle." R&B, pop, jazz, and maybe even country will be dealt with using both written transcriptions and hands-on "build it yourself" studies.
Jennifer Scott(Vancouver, BC)
Swing Vocals(24) Let's sing some great jazz/swing tunes! We'll learn well-known and obscure solos, duets, and a couple of three part arrangements. Our emphasis will be on group participation, growth in jazz stylings, repertoire, and "scatting."
Stagecraft (34) We'll deal with stage fright, musician etiquette, and discovering how to enjoy the performing experience. Students will be encouraged to play together although l will be available to accompany anyone who wishes me to!
Pam Vellutini(Ashland, OR)
Afro-Cuban Drumming(12) Here it is, a chance to get away from the small motor skills and relax with a drum! We'll begin with a common language for hand placement on the drum to differentiate the sounds, and jump quickly into playing pieces.
Afro-Cuban Drumming (23) Experience with son clave and 6/8 bell will be a help (but not a necessity) for this class. We'll use these common patterns in various songs and touch on how to improvise within their structure.
Joe Vinikow(Seattle, WA)
Swing For Folkies(3) If you can play a barre 'F' chord, this class will start you navigating the upper fingerboard with confidence. You'll learn the most useful moveable chord positions and build your repertoire with an eclectic starter kit of jam session favorites.
Cocktail Guitar (34) This is your introduction to playing complete solo guitar versions of swing and jazz standards, using chord inversions and substitutions, passing chords and moving lines; techniques you can use right away in arrangements of classic tunes.
Helen White(Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Beginning Fiddle(12) This class is suited for those who have just picked up the fiddle for the first time and for those who have been playing a little while on their own but are seeking a foundation from which to develop more quickly.
Intermediate Fiddle (23) For fiddlers already comfortable playing tunes in several keys, this class will focus on enhancing the bones of tunes with old time bowing patterns, drones and chords. This is more a techniques class than a repetoire class.
Radim Zenkl(Seattle, WA)
Note: Numbers in parentheses after class title are levels; e.g. (1) = beginner, (4) = advanced.
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