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popular wokshops sell out before the event.

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Bluegrass Guitar

Sat, Jan 31, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm
Cost: $40.00
Molly Tuttle
Molly Tuttle will teach her own approach to soloing and playing rhythm in the bluegrass style. She'll cover basic soloing, bluegrass rhythm concepts, and how to construct a solo. She will lead the class through note-by-note versions of solos to some vocal pieces and fiddle tunes, using tablature. Assisted by her brother, Sullivan Tuttle, Molly and Sullivan will end the class with a spirited demonstration of improvisational jamming and a question - answer session.

About Molly Tuttle:
With nearly two million viewers on YouTube and features in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines, Molly Tuttle is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. Daughter of Gryphon's own, Jack Tuttle, Molly has always been steeped in the bluegrass tradition. Through writing songs she has crafted her own sound that is unique and contemporary, but draws from bluegrass and folk influences. In recent years she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, The Freight and Salvage, and countless other festivals and venues across the US, Canada, and Sweden. She is also a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Guitar Performance.

Sullivan Tuttle is one of this country's best young flatpickers. He has been performing since he was ten years old. He has played all around the country with his family band and is currently a student at UC Santa Cruz.

Old Time Fiddle Workshop

Sat, Jan 31, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $35.00
Charlie Walden
In this workshop you will learn several fiddle tunes from Charlie's huge repertoire of Missouri and mid-west tunes. These are tunes that can be played in old time jams or for contra and square dances. Charlie's tunes are fun to learn and the class will move along at a good speed. The class is for intermediate fiddlers who have played tunes and can pick up a tune by ear. There will be music available for some of the tunes but you are encouraged to bring a recording device.

Charlie Walden has for many years been a tireless advocate for the preservation of old-time fiddling in Missouri as co-founder of the Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers Association; organizer of fiddle contests and conventions; producer of records, radio shows, and fiddle programs; and author of numerous articles on fiddling. Active as both a dance and contest fiddler, Charlie has been state champion in Missouri and Illinois, won the West Virginia State Folk Festival fiddle contest in 1994, and was a featured performer on the 1994/95 Masters of the Folk Violin West Coast tour. He has learned from some of Missouri's greatest fiddlers, Taylor McBaine, Pete McMahan, and Cyril Stinnett among others. Another major influence was the tune historian R. P. Christeson, who instilled in Charlie an enduring interest and respect for the varied fiddle styles in the region, particularly the older styles of playing.

Bluegrass Banjo Intros, Ending & Hot Licks!

Sat, Feb 21, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Bill Evans
Bluegrass banjo is made up of formulas that are used in many different songs. In this new workshop topic, Bill presents the standard intros and endings used by Scruggs-style banjo players all over the world before moving on to show you forty hot licks that include many of the most well-known phrases heard in bluegrass banjo. Along the way, you'll use licks to create your own solos and learn how to use licks as the foundation of improvisation.

Backup Essentials and Sounding Great At Your Next Jam

Sat, Feb 21, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Bill Evans
This will be a practical, easy to understand "hands-on, bring your banjo and let's pick" kind of workshop covering practical and easy to learn techniques that you can put to immediate use to hold in your next band rehearsal or jam session. Topics to be discussed include navigating the fretboard using movable chord shapes for vamping, up-the-neck backup using the F and D shapes and the "In The Mood" roll, down-the-neck backup using forward rolls and target tones, how to use Earl Scruggs' great backup licks to enhance your sound, how to "hear" chord progressions, using the capo to play in different keys and back-up aesthetics (when to do what!). Tab examples will be presented for everything that will be covered in the session but it's not necessary to read tab well to get a lot out of this workshop. This workshop is open to all levels of students but is ideal for those with one or more years of playing experience. Audio and/or video recording is encouraged.

Who's Bill Evans?

Banjo For Dummies author Bill Evans is one of the best bluegrass banjo teachers & workshop leaders in the world and he lives right here in the Bay Area! His instruction is practical, down-to-earth and designed for the adult learner. Bill has performed with David Grisman, David Bromberg, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and many others in a professional career that now spans over three decades. He currently tours with his solo show The Banjo in America and performs with the new trio Crary, Evans & Spurgin.

Bill has taught at virtually every banjo camp in the world and he produces his own annual events in Nashville (the Sonny Osborne NashCamp Banjo Camp) and California (the California Banjo Extravaganza). He hosts six popular instructional DVDs for Homespun Tapes, the Murphy Method and AcuTab and has taught thousands of students from all over the world, including Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Greg Liszt (Bruce Springsteen, Crooked Still), Jayme Stone and Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow). His 2012 CD In Good Company features 26 guest artists, including Tim O'Brien and the Infamous Stringdusters, was named to many "Best Of" lists and was a #1 CD on the Cashbox/Roots Music Report Bluegrass and Folk charts and the Folk DJ-List charts. His new book Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies will be released in April 2015.

Email: bill@billevansbanjo.com

Bottleneck Slide Guitar

Sat, Mar 07, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Slide playing is personal...it alludes to that quality of the human voice where we slip from note to note with a range of microtones and rhythmic expression. The wail of a blues singer is emulated by the sound of steel or glass slid along steel strings...it haunts us. The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the sound, techniques, and evocations of slide guitar. We will focus on blues playing in open G and open D tunings. Learn shuffle rhythm patterns and some cool licks.

Fingerpicking the Blues

Sat, Mar 07, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Do you love the playing of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or Delta and Piedmont blues in general? Unlock the mystery of the right hand in blues fingerpicking. This class is designed for the beginning blues fingerpicker: you will learn about playing a constant bass with your thumb over a melody line played with your fingers. We will learn to play an "alternating bass" ...-a bass that travels between two or more strings. The bass in early blues recordings drove the music with a"chug" and a "bounce" that helped give the music its special rhythmic characteristics.

Pete Madsen has been a part of the Bay Area music scene for over 20 years. He performs regularly at venues such as the Freight and Salvage. He has recorded 3 solo CDs and written several books on guitar instruction, including : Fretmaster: Slide Guitar-and-Fretmaster: Funk Bass and Guitar ...both for Backbeat Books, as well The CAGED System for Guitar, published by Hal Leonard; and "A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar" self published. He also writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar magazine on the topics of blues and ragtime guitar.


How Not To Think Like a Guitar Player & Still Be One

Sat, Mar 28, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Rick Ruskin
Learning patterns and other peoples' licks can only take your abilities so far. At some point every player wants the experience of playing "without a net." This workshop, taught by a guitarist who has made his reputation by arranging and playing some of the most unexpected tunes as fingerstyle pieces, is designed to help get you there. Music and techniques will be performed, examined and explained. Hand outs included. Bring tape recorders, instruments, writing implements, and lots of questions. All levels of players welcome.

The Metronome is Your Friend

Sat, Apr 04, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Secrets of Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Sat, Apr 04, 2015 from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!

Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco www.HCSF.com

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