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One seat is still available for Jorma’s “Songs of Quah Revisited After 4 Decades” this weekend – April 21-24. This is a level 3 workshop . . . you should have facility with thumb independence with alternating thumb pattern accompanied by melodic lines; experience with songs that depart from pattern fingerpicking; acquaintance with chord inversions in several positions up the neck.
Songs of Quah Revisited After 4 Decades
Quah was my first solo album…a big deal for me at that time. The album was recorded with my friend, Tom Hobson. The initial plan was to have side-A be my work and side-B be Tom’s. However, RCA felt that Tom’s recordings, would not be accepted by the public. Today, he would be considered a quirky alt-country singer/songwriter and people would love him. Then, however, the suits at RCA opined that his work was too eccentric. Initially, the record was planned to be released in mid-1973, but because of the issues with RCA and Tom, I returned to the studio to record new tracks for side B in May 1974. I have always thought that this recording was one of my best. I am still so proud of it today. It is with deep thanks to Jack Casady and Mallory Earl for helping to make this project stand the test of time.
I will take my students on the journey that I took so long ago and teach them some of my favorites from this work…like Genesis, I’ll Be Alright Someday, I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave, Flying Clouds, Another Man Done Gone, I Am The Light Of This World & Midnight In Milpitas. I will be breaking down the songs in terms of left and right hand architecture in addition to overlaying vocals on those songs that have them. As always, I will illustrate these songs in such a way that my students will perceive them in the entirety as songs and not just collections of licks.
We have just received a class description from Jimmie Dale Gilmore for his Songwriting workshop that we would like to share with you . . .
April 07-10, 2017 Songwriting with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Finding fresh, meaningful material is a never-ending quest for musicians and poets. Conducting songwriting workshops for many years at the Omega Institute in upstate New York, Esalen in California and a number of other venues has given me some insight into this process and the many, many forms it can take. I have learned that creative inspiration is always abundant if one’s mind is open and flexible. We will examine approaches to accessing this inspiration as well as methods for cultivating and utilizing it.
This method is a departure from the more “nuts and bolts” approach, but we will also give the craft aspect of songwriting its due. The old adage “ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration” is probably right on. But that ten percent is assuredly worth some thoughtful exploration.
Bill Kirchen and Jorma Kaukonen are also teaching that weekend . . . both will be teaching Electric Guitar workshops . . . Bill will be teaching “The Guitar of Bill Kirchen: Where Country Meets Blues” and Jorma will be teaching his mind-bending psychedelic guitar techniques of the mid-60s and beyond.
There are a few seats remaining in each of these workshops. Remember, your tuition also includes lodging, meals, and a ticket to the sold out performance by Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Bill Kirchen!
You may sign up for these workshops (and more) at http://www.furpeaceranch.com/application.
This morning our September 23, 2017 performance with A.J. Croce sold out!
There are only 3 shows left for which we have tickets available. We currently have tickets available for:
Thursday June 1, 2017
Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist, Canadian Music Hall of Famer, 13 Juno Award Recipient (Canadian Grammy Award),
Saturday June 10, 2017
Mollie O’Brien and with Rich Moore
Americana, Bluegrass, R&B and Folk Singer
Saturday August 05, 2017
Performing “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”
A Bluegrass version of The Who’s Tommy
(Less the 10 tickets remain)
Get your tickets today in the Company Store before they are gone!
Come find your Inner Blues Troubadour with Eric Bibb April 21-24, 2017. One (1) seat has become available for Eric’s previously sold out workshop!
Do you want to make your guitar sound like a barrelhouse piano and find your own voice in the Blues? In this workshop he will give you pointers to serve you in developing your own style for self-accompaniment. Starting with a foundation of elemental Blues structures, Eric will illustrate how to expand on the basics. Emphasis will be on inspiring and teaching you to develop your own personal style.
This class will examine moving bass lines, arrangements, extended harmonies, guitar tunings, adding an exciting chord to a basic Blues structure, intensity in playing…..all elements that will show you how to make the most of six strings. The class will also take time to study Blues songwriting. You will look at how to write new songs in the pre-war Blues style and new ways to play songs in the Folk and Blues tradition.
Learn how to lock into a groove, find the right bass line, incorporate melody, sing out and find your inner blues troubadour.
View Eric’s full class description
Sing up for Eric’s workshop