2017 Workshop Updates

Our 2017 schedule has been out for a little under 3 months and already there are several workshops that are full and several more nearing capacity. If you are “on the fence” about attending any of these workshops, you shouldn’t delay your decision too much longer as these classes are nearly sold out:

Jan 30 – Feb 03, 2017 Songwriting with Jorma Kaukonen and the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui, Hawaii

March 17-20 with Jack Casady

March 24-27 with G.E. Smith

April 21-24 with Jorma, Happy Traum or Eric Bibb

May 12-15 with Spencer Bohren.

Spencer BohrenSpeaking of Spencer Bohren . . . he is offering a Solo Lap Steel Guitar workshop September 08-11, 2017. Spencer is excited about the new workshop, here are some words from him regarding his Lap Steel Workshop:

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . or at least the moment many of you have been waiting for. Since my first workshops at the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio, more than a dozen years ago, students have been asking when I’m going to host a solo lapsteel class. After years of discussion with Vanessa Kaukonen, we have decided the time is finally right. The long-awaited sessions will take place during the weekend of September 8 – 11, 2017.

Solo and lapsteel are two words you rarely see together, but when combined, they can create an exhilarating and deeply moving sound and unique musical possibilities. Over the past couple decades I’ve pioneered a method of using the instrument to accompany myself solo rather than as a component in an ensemble, and the result electrifies my audience every time! The tunings I utilize are not typically associated with the steel guitar, either, and my technique in general is unorthodox, but it works so beautifully. Vanessa contends that my students are interested in learning to play songs from my lapsteel repertoire and that’s exactly what I intend to teach in my September workshop. My hope is that students will use what they learn as a springboard to find their own songs that fit the soulful atmosphere created on the steel guitar.

Participants will need a lapsteel, preferably but not necessarily electric, plus a small amplifier, a proper steel bar, a sense of adventure and an open mind. Between the Fur Peace Ranch and me, we can provide instruments and amps for several students, and the Fur Peace Company Store will be stocked with steel bars and correct gauge strings. The sense of adventure and open mind are up to you.

You may sign up for Spencer’s and all of our other great workshops here

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