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Seats are limited on all workshops.
Though tickets are generally available on the day of the workshop,
popular workshops sell out before the event.

Call or stop by the shop to get your ticket in advance. 650-493-2131

Songwriter's Workshop

Sat, Jun 13, 2015 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $75.00
Peter Case
email: case_peter@hotmail.com
Peter Case is bringing the songwriter's workshop he founded at the world-famous McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica back to Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto for a special one day workshop. Case is a three-time Grammy-nominated, performing singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who brings 25 years of songwriting experience to his exciting and popular workshops. Beginning with an exploration of the craft involved in the classic songs of Dylan and the Beatles, to songs of the present day, we learn techniques for producing ideas, exercises for improving the vividness and power of our songs, and many tricks of the trade. Topics include song structure, bridges, guitar tunings as a compositional tool, and breaking through "writer's block." There will be a directed songwriting assignment designed to integrate what you've learned in class with your own ideas and inspiration. The workshop will be an encouraging, friendly, and at times humorous environment. People are invited to bring their acoustic guitar (or other portable instrument), a notebook and pen, and you will be encouraged to play a song in the workshop (though performance is not mandatory). The class size is limited and pre-enrollment is highly recommended. For further information send e-mail to case_peter@hotmail.com.

Peter Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, a mighty fine guitarist and a well-reviewed published author and yet, he's most at home on the stage. For 25 years, Peter, his guitar and his songs have mesmerized audiences from coast to coast, whether holding down a festival crowd, warming up the place for luminaries like Jackson Browne and John Prine or headlining his own nightclub shows of which he can claimed to have logged thousands.

As leader of the Plimsouls, and as a member of the groundbreaking punk era trio the Nerves and duo the Breakaways, Case earned his four stars and candy stripes a long time ago, while new generations continue to discover his unique amalgam of sound (2010 saw successful reisussues on all three bands). His songs have been featured on the hit TV series True Blood, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.

Peter Case's songs have been recorded by: James McMurtey, Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earle Keen, Hayes Carll, The Flaming Groovies, The Goo Goo Dolls, John Prine, Maura O'Connell and many others. Peter Case has performed live on stage with: John Prine, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Merle Haggard, T Bone Burnett, Gordon Lightfoot, Sir George Martin, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Bobby Womack, Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Alvin, John Doe, Phil Lynott, Stan Ridgway, Chris Smither, Alejandro Escovedo, and many others.

Here's what critics and fellow performers are saying about Peter Case:

"Listening to Peter Case's new album is a deliriously joyous experience." Ben Peterson, Popmatters, 2010

"Peter Case is one of the best songwriters of his generation. As a melodist, he is simply unsurpassable; the apparent ease with which he constructs a song is still boggling. A lot of music has flowed into his style: vintage rock 'n' roll and soul, the blues, traditional and modern folk. He's probably the only non-Irish songwriter who can introduce Celtic elements into his music without making me gag. (I vividly remember his early cover of "A Pair of Brown Eyes," which introduced me, and many others in town, to the Pogues.) The marvel is that all these elements nestle so comfortably against each other. The seams never show in a Peter Case song. - Chris Morris, LA City Paper, 2005

"....consistent excellence." -Robert Palmer, The New York Times, 1986

"I really like Peter Case. He is a great songwriter and a magnetic performer and he doesn't shy away from writing songs about space monkeys." -John Prine

Mandolin for Beginners

Sat, Jun 27, 2015 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Achille Bocus
In this workshop you will learn to produce the most beautiful tone from your mandolin. Using examples from a variety of styles, particularly examples from the Italian repertoire, we will discuss which pick is best for the mandolin, proper left-hand fingering and my approach to playing tremolo. If you have never touched a mandolin before, or if you just want to go over the basics one more time, this is the workshop for you. For info about me www.iltremolo.com. All ages and ability levels are welcomed.

Summertime Uke - 8-week group class

Thu, Jul 02, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $150.00
Greg Vaughan
email: greg.guitar@sbcglobal.net
Ain't no cure for the Summertime Uke. This continuation of our Rock Your Uke series of classes will focus on Summer rock classics. The goal of this beginning/intermediate class will be to continue working on ukulele basics and playing popular songs.

You do NOT need to have taken our first class to take this one. Artists such as the Beach Boys, Iz Kamakawiwo'ole, and the Drifters, among others. Starting July 2, Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm. $150 for eight weeks (one hour classes) Contact Greg atgreg.guitar@sbcglobal.net or 650.858.0667

Need a ukulele for the class? Gryphon will provide a free take-home rental
ukulele for the duration of the class.

Swing Mandolin

Sat, Jul 11, 2015 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Matt Flinner
Join Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner for a workshop on swing and jazz mandolin. Matt will walk you through some standard chord progressions and look at smooth ways of playing chords as well as melody over them. Some music theory will be addressed, and scales and arpeggios will be used to help students get a better grasp of the fretboard and better understand how to solo over swing progressions. Students will look at two standard swing tunes and get a hands-on lesson in how to play rhythm as well as how to solo over the tunes.

Topics will include:

Three note 7th chords
Chord inversions
ii-V-I progressions using three note chord inversions
Scales, patterns and arpeggios to use on ii-V-Is
A few licks
Two swing standard tunes

Handouts in standard notation and tablature plus chord charts will be provided

Old-Time Mandolin

Sat, Jul 11, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Matt Flinner
Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner will be teaching a workshop on how to play Old-Time mandolin. Focus will be on technique fundamentals that will help the aspiring mandolinist in any style of music. Picking exercises will be given to help students get better control in their picking hands as well as better tone out of their instruments. Students will also learn various approaches to rhythm playing using chords, open strings and double stops. Students will come away with some ideas for building solid technique as well as some great new (old) tunes!

Topics will include:

Various approaches to rhythm playing
Double stops
Picking exercises
Making the most of open strings
Two old-time tunes

Handouts in standard notation and tablature will be provided

Matt Flinner is widely considered one of the hottest mandolin players on the acoustic scene. He tours actively with his own group and as a member of the new acoustic trio Phillips, Grier & Flinner with bassist Todd Phillips and guitarist David Grier. Flinner's 1998 debut solo release The View From Here drew on such diverse inspirations as Miles Davis, David Grisman and Celtic artists the Bothy Band and was one of the most highly praised acoustic albums of the year.

Essential Strums for Ukulele

Sat, Aug 01, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Li'l Rev
Learn genre specific strums to lift your playing out of the down-up, down-up doldrums. This fun 90 minute workshop will introduce you to: The Reggae Strum, The Calypso Strum, The Punk Strum, Rock Strum, Walt Strum, Doo-Wop Strum, Irish Session Strum, Blues Comp Strum, Country & Bluegrass Strum and much more! Class focuses on teaching strums specifically while providing many ideas for how to apply them to the students repertoire. *Open to all levels.*

Triplet Patterns for Ukulele

Sat, Aug 01, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Li'l Rev
Lil Rev has dedicated much of his Ukulele career to studying the rhythmic potential of the instrument. From Travis Harrelson and Lyle Ritz, to Roy Smeck and George Formby, here we have a class that will show you the ins and outs of 6 common triplet patterns, learn em' all or pick one that really moves you and begin to employ one of the most fascinating sounds that the ukulele pallet has to offer The Mighty Triplet. Open to all levels. Bring a smart phone or video recording device along for further study.

"A Harmonica and Ukulele Wizard." Elderly Instruments

"Listen to this! Lil Rev is Great!" -Pete Seeger

For further info or questions see Lil Rev at www.lilrev.com

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