Workshops
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Friday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #1
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Workshops are limited in size, so it is best to buy in advance before they are sold out.  Tickets to the festival must be purchased in order to buy workshops (the tickets can be purchased earlier; don't have to be at the same time as the purchase of the workshops). 
Friday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #2
Friday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Director's Row #2
Friday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Director's Row #1
"How to Buy a Guitar" - Stevie Coyle

Workshop Description:
California’s Stevie Coyle (late of The Waybacks) has played a lot of guitars. A LOT of guitars. But just because his hands and ears know what they like doesn't mean he's got the answer to your question, "Which guitar is right for me?" But what he can do for you in this workshop is help you learn to ask the right questions...and that’s a good place to start.
Bio:
First guitar teacher was David Lindley. Early influential albums: The Ventures' "Guitar Freakout," "The Best of Chet Atkins" and "Alvin and The Chipmunks Play The Beatles' Hits." While music has always been a passion, his checkered past includes chapters about circus, theme parks, standup comedy, acting onstage and in film, television, radio, TV commercials and commercial voiceover. Along about the turn of the millennium, though, the music came and got him and has held him ever since. Stevie co-founded The Waybacks. He toured with that band for 7 years and solo for 5. During that period he was a contributor to Acoustic Guitar magazine and a denizen of The Healdsburg Guitar Festival, both as performer and workshop leader. And last year - with his typical flair for the obvious - it became clear to him that he might be a likely person to get great hand-built acoustic guitars into the arms of people that could love them, via his own shop, Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette, CA.
Workshop Description:
We have all heard that great players like Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Duane Allman, Dickie Betts, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks utilize modes to add color and fresh melodic interest to their solos, but if you are like me, your eyes glaze over at laborious theoretical explanations. I skip all of that and cut right to the chase, reviewing a basic open C major scale, and then applying it right away to the Dorian, Mixolydian and Phrygian modes. This workshop will expand ypur soloing beyond the pentatonic box! Bring a recording device. Intermediate.
Bio:
I've been lucky enough to play with, and learn from, some of the best: Joe Pass and Johnny Smith for Jazz, Charlie Byrd for Bossa Nova, Danny Gatton for Rockabilly, Doc Watson for Country, Tony Rice for Newgrass, and it's my great pleasure to pass along the things I learned, not only in solo performance, but in story telling and workshop teaching as well. And of course, I love a nice guitar, so I'm really looking forward to Memphis!

​"Instant Modal Soloing, Using Only the Notes of the Open C Major Scale" - Pete Kennedy
Workshop Description:
This workshop explores the process of making your playing as expressive, rich and musical as possible. 

From learning to listen objectively and critically to your playing, the importance of each stage of a sound’s life, nail shaping and right hand positions and techniques, to exploring the capabilities of your guitar(s) to the fullest, this session will give you the tools to find your own personal voice as a player. 

We will look at the anatomy of a sound, the search for meaning and accuracy of expression and unlock the musicality within. 

We will also consider new weaponry in the player’s arsenal such as fan-frets, soundports, bevels and exotic tone wood combinations and look at Vetiver an original composition in DADGAD.
"Talking Tone – Finding Your Voice as a Musician" - Michael Watts 
Friday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Director's Row #1
Workshop Description:
Any tune or idea that you ever thought of or heard, can be played on solo guitar. It’s like solving a puzzle. Knowing what to leave in and what to leave out is the key. We will work on issues of:
Melody: what is the melody and where should we put it in the texture and on the fingerboard so that it can sing out and we (player and listeners) can be moved by it.
Harmony: how to discover and voice the chords in a way that will support, and not conflict with, the melody. 
Orchestration: none of the notes are equal. We’ll talk about how do we deal with that on a technical level.
Technique: We will look at some of the tricks that lead to making the music work on our instrument. (there are a lot of these to talk about). 

Bio:
Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University. He has given master classes throughout the world including, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia and at institutions such as, University of Miami, Mannes School of Music, University of Texas, and California State University. His teachers included the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia.

"Arranging Covers for Solo Acoustic Guitar" 
- Michael Chapdelaine
Friday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
Learn a fascinating array of right hand strum techniques with award-winning ukulele master Lil Rev. Together we'll learn roll strokes, triplets, fan strokes, tremolo styles, genre strums, vaudeville tricks, chord slides, surf sounds and much much more. 

These are some of the coolest right hand techniques in every pro ukulele players arsenal, simplified for the layperson and broken down in an easy to grasp approach. 

Many of these strums work beautifully on the guitar as well as the soprano, concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles.
Bio:
Lil Rev is a Milwaukee, WI based, award-winning entertainer, educator, author and Instrumentalist. He is well known for is highly interactive music workshops and one man shows of cultural heritage and American roots music history.

He is highly regarded as one of the leading forces of the third wave ukulele revival putting on over 40,000 miles a year teaching and performing at music stores, festivals, ukulele clubs, concert halls and cultural arts centers.

"Essential Strums, Strokes and Tricks for Ukulele"
- Lil Rev
Friday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #1
Friday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Director's Row #1
Friday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
In this workshop Ken Bonfield will take you through the maze of possible tunings and share a system by which you will learn to take advantage of the myriad possibilities alternate tunings create. Focusing on today’s most popular tunings: DADGAD and its relatives DGDGAD and CGDGAD, Bonfield will use the CAGED system as well as teach the major scale formula and basic chord theory to show guitarists how to use the entire fingerboard in alternate tunings. 

Basic Requirements: The ability to change first position chords and the knowledge to know them, a guitar (nylon strings ok but may have to be tuned up), a tuner, notebook, pencil, and an open mind. The ability to read TAB and chord diagrams is very helpful but not necessary. Samples of music in different tunings will be available.Workshop 

Bio:
Based in Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals and has released seven albums. His latest, Legacy, is a solo effort that focuses on harp and baritone guitars in alternate tunings, with several new arrangements of original tunes Bonfield recorded on earlier albums. Although he came out of the 1960’s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with the new-age music early in his career. Today, his sound is more akin to the American primitive tradition of John Fahey and Leo Kottke, with a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences.



"A Master’s Class: The Secrets of Alternate Tunings Revealed" - Ken Bonfield
Workshop Description:
​Blues music is based on traditional call-and-response styles, and when the singer takes a pause at the end of each verse, that's when the guitar's "voice" sings a response. We've all heard B.B. King's Lucille answer him! I will show you licks, known as turnarounds, that fill this crucial moment in the blues. We will look at the styles of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Doctor John, Robert Johnson, and take a stab at a fancy Doc Watson riff. Bring an acoustic guitar and a recording device. Intermediate.
"Six Blues Turnarounds in E and A" - Pete Kennedy
Saturday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Director's Row #1
Saturday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
Whether you’re a seasoned mandolin player, play it as a second instrument, or are thinking about picking one up for fun, come to this excellent workshop taught by mandolinist Andy Hatfield.  

Although the mandolin in America is primarily known for its role in bluegrass, this beginner to intermediate workshop will focus on the mandolin in other styles of music, including folk, rock, blues, and jazz. We will learn a couple of tunes and techniques that are easy to grasp, and take-home handouts will be given for you to review at home. Other topics covered include tuning, pick technique, basic chords, and improvisation. You don’t need to be an expert musician to attend this workshop—there will be something for everybody. Grab your mandolin and come to the workshop—let’s pick!


Bio:
Andy Hatfield is a musician and composer from Peoria, IL. He is one of only four people to win both the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship (2011), and the National Mandolin Championship (2013), held annually in Winfield, KS. Andy is known as a creative teacher, who can help you to get the most out of your playing on guitar or mandolin. He is a featured instructor this year at the nationally-known Kaufman Kamp, and will patiently show you anything he knows on guitar or mandolin.

“Mandolin is the Best Thing to Happen to Your Guitar Playing” - Andy Hatfield
Saturday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #1
Workshop Description:
You DO have an ear, and I will prove it! All we need to do is develop it.
This will be a workshop to get you playing and arranging without tab or music. Also, developing thumb/finger independence, banjo rolls, alternating thumb development, alternating 
Harmonics and more..!


Bio:
After studying the music of Atkins, Travis, and Jerry Reed, Richard soon graduated to classical guitar pieces, Gypsy jazz, poppin’ tele playing, bluegrass and bebop licks by listening to an array of recordings by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Doc Watson, Newgrass Revival, Albert Lee, Jorge Morel and countless other virtuoso musicians. With his brothers Rob and Sam he formed the Richard Smith Guitar Trio for about 8 years. Having married American cellist Julie Adams, he moved to Nashville in 2000. Since then, he has toured constantly around the US and Europe either solo, with his cellist wife, and with his swing band The Hot Club of Nashville..

"Fingerstyle Orchestration" - Richard Smith
Saturday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
We will discuss the importance of the acoustic guitar in the songwriting and performance of the music of The Beatles, beginning with their first single and throughout their career. We will explore iconic acoustic guitar parts from classic and timeless songs such as Yesterday, Here Comes The Sun, Blackbird, etc. We will walk step by step through the creation of a solo guitar arrangement of You Never Give Me Your Money.

This is a hands-on workshop so bringing your guitar is recommended but not required
Handouts provided


Bio:
Tim writes "memorable melody lines that go beyond technique," says Billboard magazine. John Diliberto the host of Echoes Radio says "Tim Farrell brings a melodic sensibility to his compositions that makes him stand apart from most of the fingerstyle crowd." And according to NAV Magazine, "Tim Farrell's melodies lay easily on the ear."
His full-length CDs showcase the considerable depth of his composing skills. In addition, Tim has written music for TV and radio shows, multi-media presentations, movie soundtracks, websites and interactive theater productions. Rosewood Alley won 1st Place Best Instrumental in the 7th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. 

"The Acoustic Guitar Music of The Beatles" - Tim Farrell
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Director's Row #1
Workshop Description
Grammy-Award winning fingerstyle guitarist and prolific author Mark Hanson will help you develop your picking hand so it ranges from soft and serene to punchy and powerful. Handouts include exercises that develop fingerpicking speed, fluidity, tone and power, without creating excess tension. Mark will also teach you his signature powerhouse tune "Key to the Kingdom" and his serene arrangement of Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" from his "Love Songs" CD (Solid Air Records)




Bio:
Fingerstyle guitarist and author Mark Hanson won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the "Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar" CD. He has shared the stage with many of the greats, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, and the late Jerry Garcia. Mark played for the President of the United States in 2009.

Mark has written over two dozen titles on playing guitar, including the best-selling Art of Contemporary Travis Picking. His numerous recordings continue to play on NPR and Martha Stewart Living, even on American Idol! Each summer he runs his own Accent On Music Fingerstyle Guitar Seminar in Portland, Oregon. In the late '80s, he was an editor at Frets magazine.


"Build Your Picking Hand Into a Fingerstyle Powerhouse!" - Mark Hanson
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
For players who play the basic 12-bar blues and are comfortable soloing with the pentatonic blues scale. We’ll develop a more complete blues vocabulary that allows you to play the blues with more variety of style, texture, and melody, whether its over the barest Delta drone or a Cannonball Adderly jazz tune. Leave the pentatonic rut behind using a wider palate of chromatic scales and improvise skin-tight to the chord progression. We will use familiar blues tunes ( by B.B. King, Bill Broonzy, Taj Mahal, and T. Bone Walker) as vehicles to create your own style.
 
We will see how fusing major, modal and blues scales into a chromatic whole allows us take our improving to the next plateau. We'll also explore nuances in bending. And phrasing. And we'll spend some time at the end with a 'master class' approach, getting a few people up to play and critique/problem solve with them. This is a hands-on session so feel free to have an instrument and actively participate.


Bio:

For Dorian's Bio, please click here.



"Beyond Pentatonic: Blues Improvisation Outside the Rut." - Dorian Michael
Saturday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Director's Row #1
Workshop Description:
Throughout my years as a guitarist and student of the martial arts, I came to understand the necessity of synching up our body/movements with our intentions. In other words, using our bodies to the fullest while exploring movement in any form, to create greater freedom/balance/control while maintaining focus and stamina. Over the years, adapting techniques from both Feldenkrais therapy and the martial arts has helped me tremendously as a musician. This workshop will focus primarily on learning to open up the body; arms, shoulders and neck to help expand our skills and play with greater control, dexterity, ease and effortlessness. It will focus on equal parts right/left hand practice techniques, scales and arpeggios as well as strengthening and stretching the arms and hands to create greater dexterity, control and freedom on our instrument.





"Accelerated Guitar Development" Learning and evolving greater technique, dexterity, fluidity, chops and freedom on your instrument by getting more in tune with your body. - Sam Pacetti
Saturday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
Learn about his tunes, his alternating and rotating bass, the right-hand roll, and a multitude of licks from the master’s bag of tricks. Learn right-hand techniques, including the “boom chick” rhythm with a thumbpick. Dana will show you some signature licks, as well as some cool chord forms unique to this style.
Workshop Description
In this workshop, participants can learn how to combine Blues melody phrases, chord riffs and boogie bass lines into a solo style to perform acoustic fingerstyle versions of classics like The Mississippi Blues and Freddie King’s Hideaway. Tim will also show how to use the Blues scale as a roadmap for total fretboard comprehension. Students can bring a guitar. Tabs and Notation handouts will be provided



Bio:
Dana Keller is a veteran pedal steel, dobro and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. Dana has been an endorsee of the Gretsch Guitar and Drum Company since 1980. His dobro playing has been called 'jaw-droppingly good'.

​"Stealin' from Chet"
Learn the style of the most influential guitar player of our time;Chet Atkins - Dana Keller
Bio:
“An amazing technician with elements of guitarists Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Lenny Breau, Andres Segovia and Doc Watson, Sparks stands alone in his ability to arrange and abstract worldly elements into a cohesive guitar- based approach.” 
Eliot Simon All About Jazz New York .  
"Chasin' the Boogie" - Tim Sparks
Workshop Description:
The "Create Your Own Style" Workshop is an opportunity to see, watch, look, learn from as well as play along with Guitarist Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand covering the wide and various array of picking and playing styles and techniques also covering tips on tone and sound that he has learned and developed for his own use over his 20 years as a guitarist. His playing has evolved and changed over time and he will be sharing and passing his knowledge along to help you build, create and define a playing style and sound that will become unique to yourself. As this will be a hands on workshop so bring your guitars and remember the only limits to what you may learn is in the questions you may forget to ask. As a Musician at some point your instrument stops being its own entity and starts to become an extension of you.
"Create Your Own Style" - Josh Rowand
Bio:

For Sam's Bio, please click here.



Bio:
I've been lucky enough to play with, and learn from, some of the best: Joe Pass and Johnny Smith for Jazz, Charlie Byrd for Bossa Nova, Danny Gatton for Rockabilly, Doc Watson for Country, Tony Rice for Newgrass, and it's my great pleasure to pass along the things I learned, not only in solo performance, but in story telling and workshop teaching as well. And of course, I love a nice guitar, so I'm really looking forward to Memphis!

Workshop Description
​DADGAD tuning is more versatile than most guitarists believe. Though the tuning is best known as a favorite of Celtic guitarists, Al Petteway has managed to find elegant and simple ways to use it for virtually every style of music. Having come from a Blues, Rock and Folk background, it was only natural that it would become one of Al’s favorite tunings for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar as well. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the tuning in place of standard and open D tunings for styles ranging from a Hendrix style shuffle to Jazz to the folk blues styles of guitarists like Doc Watson and Etta Baker who grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina not far from where Al makes his home. Feel free to bring a guitar and do some playing and jamming.
“Using DADGAD Tuning for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar" 
- Al Petteway
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Director's Row #1
Workshop Description:
Jazz has its own language... and for most guitarists, it's a foreign language. This workshop explores the skills you need to play Swing Jazz in an ensemble, or solo. This overview will cover chord progressions and rhythm skills, technique-building exercises for soloing, chord-melody approaches, bass-line comping, jazz harmony and terminology, and basic theory concepts that enable you to apply these skills to jazz standards. All levels are welcomed, but some experience with jazz will be helpful, as advanced topics will be covered. Many hand-out sheets will be provided, so you'll have plenty of material to work on for years to come! Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.



Bio:
​Paul Asbell has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others. 

He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul’s 3 acoustic CD’s have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, and Downbeat. 

"Swing/Jazz Guitar Styles Workshop: - Paul Asbell
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Director's Row #2
Bio:

For Al's Bio, please click here.

Sunday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Director's Row #1
Workshop Description:
"Intermediate Fingerstyle Blues" workshop covers both Delta and Piedmont styles. Anyone with a basic knowledge of Travis picking will be able to get lots of info from this workshop. From a one chord standard tune with a pentatonic melody and a drone base to songs with alternating bass and chromatic lines in open D, we will cover lots of material to take home and increase your vocabulary and your repertoire.  It is a 'hands-on' class.  You may video all you want and there will be plenty of tabbed material.


"Intermediate Blues Fingerstyle" - Dorian Michael
Sunday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Director's Row #2
Saturday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
The "Create Your Own Style" Workshop is an opportunity to see, watch, look, learn from as well as play along with Guitarist Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand covering the wide and various array of picking and playing styles and techniques also covering tips on tone and sound that he has learned and developed for his own use over his 20 years as a guitarist. His playing has evolved and changed over time and he will be sharing and passing his knowledge along to help you build, create and define a playing style and sound that will become unique to yourself. As this will be a hands on workshop so bring your guitars and remember the only limits to what you may learn is in the questions you may forget to ask. As a Musician at some point your instrument stops being its own entity and starts to become an extension of you.



"Create Your Own Style" - Josh Rowand
Bio:

For Josh's Bio, please click here.

Workshop Description:
Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis, Dave van Ronk, and others. Topics covered will include right hand fundamentals, such as alternate-bass technique, Delta-style drones, palm muting, and exercises to create effortless dexterity, syncopations and strong grooves. Left-hand issues range from basic chord concepts to sophisticated jazz and ragtime chord substitutions, moving bass lines, "guide tones", etc, w/ emphasis on creating your own licks, turnarounds and variations within the style. All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Tablature spoken here, but this will not be just a "lecture"- plenty of foot-stompin' music will be played, and participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop! 
"Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop" - Paul Asbell
Bio:
​Paul Asbell has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others. 

He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul’s 3 acoustic CD’s have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, and Downbeat. 

Bio:
I have been a working (and working class) guitarist for about 40 years now. I’ve played plenty of blues and folk, jazz and rock and roll. I think of my acoustic solo music as “contemporary traditional”; original music that reflects my interest in a number of styles of music. These influences come through in my original material, but it is a contemporary music that grows from, rather than mimics, those influences. When I play someone else’s music or a traditional piece I do my best to give the listener at least a few small surprises.

I have written two books on alternate guitar tunings for Centerstream Publications. Recently Centerstream had me do three instructional DVDs; beginning fingerstyle, intermediate fingerstyle and intermediate blues improvisation.


Workshop Description:

​Whether you are an experienced player who wants to be able to accompany a vocalist or guitarist, or a less experienced player who simply wants to be able to get together with friends to jam - this is the workshop for you. With hands on participation, Dave will give you tips and techniques for "comping" while someone else sings or solos, how to use basic theory and ear training to follow a song you have never heard, and a number of ways to vary the texture of themusic to keep it interesting. Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

- What should I play?
- Finding a part
- Comping behind a solo instrument
- Accompanying a vocalist
- Textures
- Fills
- Style and tone
- Alternative tunings and capo tricks

Bring a guitar if you like, and join Dave and Richard Smith for a fun and informative afternoon.
"Plays Well with Others - The Art of Accompaniment" - Dave Nachmanoff with Richard Smith

Sunday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #1
Bio:

For Dave's Bio, please click here.



Workshop Description:
In his later years, George Harrison revealed that he was the "uking Beatle", and it is suspected that he may have written some of his great songs on the ukulele, since they lay so perfectly on the instrument. We will learn the chords to "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", with chord chart handouts. George once said that everyone who is into the uke is a bit "crackers", so if that's you, bring a uke and we will have a bit of fab fun!
"Something in the Way She Ukes" - Pete Kennedy
Sunday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Director's Row #2
Workshop Description:
Description: This workshop caters to intermediate guitar players who are looking to expand their skills on the guitar and venture into new techniques and styles. It will cover extended techniques on the guitar including guitar body percussion, two-hand tapping, slap harmonics, and other similar techniques. The music of players such as Billy McLaughlin and Michael Hedges will be covered.
"Two-Hands-on-the-Fingerboard" - Macyn Taylor
Sunday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Director's Row #1
Bio:
Macyn Taylor is an accomplished guitar player and singer. She is 19 years old and has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Masters in Music Performance degree. Macyn has been performing since she was seven. She loves to play many different styles of music and is the 2013 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition champion. Macyn was recently given an award for “Most Promising New Talent” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She was also named the 2013 WAMI Folk/Celtic performer of the year.


Workshop Description:
​The workshop stresses the importance of musical fundamentals, especially tempo, pitch, and timbre, in creating professional sounding music. It shows the guitarist how to up his game by using techniques and practices to make sure his fundamentals are strong.

From an attendee at an Elderly Workshop - "Yesterday, I left work early to attend a symposium on fingerstyle guitar at Elderly given by George Worthmore, famous NYC guitar dude who's toured and played with Hot Tuna, Bo Didley and others. When it came time for the lesson part, I received an in-depth drilling by one of the greats. What an honor and privilege. Showed me some cool Travis picking runs and really helped me understand that reading notes or tab and playing the song is different than actually delivering the music to an audience. It's already helped me immensely. What a great insight George gave me on guitar!"
 
"Don't Play the Guitar- Play the Music" 
George Worthmore
Sunday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Director's Row #2
Bio:

For George's Bio, please click here.





Bio:
I've been lucky enough to play with, and learn from, some of the best: Joe Pass and Johnny Smith for Jazz, Charlie Byrd for Bossa Nova, Danny Gatton for Rockabilly, Doc Watson for Country, Tony Rice for Newgrass, and it's my great pleasure to pass along the things I learned, not only in solo performance, but in story telling and workshop teaching as well. And of course, I love a nice guitar, so I'm really looking forward to Memphis!

You've decided you want a new guitar - a high end custom guitar.  It's easy to play and hear a good guitar and fall in love with it...but is it the right guitar for you?  Do you flatpick, fingerpick (with or without picks), what kind of music do you play.  What shape of guitar, what woods would be best for your style?  What luthier regularly builds guitars that is best for your style?  In this workshop, you will learn how to best evaluate a guitar for YOUR specific playing style.
Bio:

For Michael's Bio, please click here.



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