Date: Friday, Oct 28th, 2022 - Sunday, Oct 30th, 2022

Time: All Day

Location: Virtual
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Grammy Award nominee Rob Ickes is one of the most innovative Dobro players on the music scene today, with a sound and style that expands the boundary of the instrument. He has been named IBMA’s Dobro Player of the Year an unprecedented 15 times and has played with an impressive list of artists (including Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Tony Rice, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, and many more) as an active session player and touring musician. He is a former founding member of the bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway. Rob is one half of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, a powerhouse acoustic duo referred to as an “acoustic firestorm” by Vintage Guitar magazine and “dual lightning strikes in a bottle” by Guitar Player magazine who have collaborated with Taj Mahal, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Vince Gill, and others. For this workshop, Rob will customize his teaching based on his years of playing experience and share his knowledge of the Dobro with his prospective students.

Rob will be open to specific questions about tunes and topics from his students. The topics he plans to cover will include right and left-hand techniques; including rolls, slants and more. He will also teach rhythm styles, chords, improvising, speed, clarity and scales. Practice techniques will be examined, as well as how to create a great solo. Rob will share his experiences with how to back up a singer and how to incorporate Jazz and Blues into your playing. The class will also study fiddle tunes and their place in your playing. Students for this class will get a deep study of the Dobro and will have fun while learning just how enjoyable and exciting playing the Dobro can be.

About Rob Ickes

Rob, who grew up in California’s Bay Area, cut his teeth on traditional bluegrass, since several family members played. He fell in love with the dobro – or more precisely, the resophonic guitar – almost immediately, after his brother Pat played a tape of the legendary Mike Auldridge for him. After moving to Nashville in the early ‘90s, he quickly became one of the instrument’s acknowledged masters. He soon began touring with several top bluegrass acts, and also became a familiar face at recording studios in town. His fluid, lyrical, yet stinging style has graced the recordings and concerts of bluegrass artists as diverse as Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, The Cox Family, Tony Rice, and more, plus such mainstream artists as Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, and even erstwhile rocker David Lee Roth on his ‘bluegrass’ album. Additionally, Rob has won the Dobro Player of The Year Award from the IBMA an unprecedented FIFTEEN times. He was also a founding member of the critically acclaimed bluegrass ‘super group’ Blue Highway for twenty-one years. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of not only meeting but playing with his personal number one hero, Rob was a key member of the band who backed fellow Californian Merle Haggard on Merle’s 2007 album The Bluegrass Sessions.

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