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

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

Gryphon Carolers 2014 Holiday Concert

Sat, Dec 13, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: $10.00 - $25.00
Gryphon Carolers

Swing/Jazz Guitar Styles Workshop

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Asbell
Jazz has its ownlanguage... and for most guitarists, it's a foreign language. This workshopexplores the skills you need to play Swing Jazz in an ensemble, or solo. Thisoverview will coverchord progressions and rhythm skills, technique-buildingexercises for soloing, chord-melodyapproaches, bass-line comping, jazz harmonyand terminology, and basic theory concepts thatenable you to apply theseskills to jazz standards. All levels are welcomed, but some experiencewithjazz will be necessary, as advanced topics will be covered. Many hand-out sheetswill beprovided, so you'll have plenty of material to work on for years tocome! Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Asbell
Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles ofMississippi 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. Many worksheets will get handed out, with exercises, TAB transcriptions, chordfingerings, etc enough to keep you busy for many months afterwards!, Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

Paul has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, includingMuddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, theSun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former studentTrey Anastasio, and countless others. He has taught guitar for over 35 years, atDartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches atUniversity of VermontandMiddlebury College. Paul's acoustic CD's have received glowing reviews fromGuitar Player, Acoustic Guitar,Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, andDownbeat.

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.

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Monday through Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Palo Alto, California 94306

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