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Workshops





Saturday Workshops

Main Stage

Sat. 10 - 11:30AM

Stagecraft Workshop for Musicians
Lucy Peckham, Rick Miller, Monica Lettner, Mike Sakarias
Learn how to use the stage equipment, mics, monitors, to your best advantage as a performer.



Hammond Room

Hickel Room

Egan Room

Sheffield Ballroom

Cultural Center (JACC)

10:30
to
11:50

Sacred Harp Singing

Lynn Basham, Charley Basham


Where bluegrass meets Gregorian chant.
Beginning Ukelele

Amy Houck, Rhonda Jenkins-Gardiner


learn to play songs on your ukulele
Scottish/Irish Fiddling

Shonti Elder


Learn techniques and tunes
Family Concert

Geoff Kirsch


Geoff Kirsch, Margie McWilliams, Julie Coppens, the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group led by Lyle and Kolene James
English Country Dance

Odette Edgar


Easy but classic English country dances, live music by the Earl Grey English Dance Band. All dances taught & called.

Noon
to
1:20

Gypsy Jazz Guitar

John Lager


Learn Gypsy Jazz chords and songs
Fingerpicking Blues Guitar

Pat Henry


Learn to play and sing some blues tunes
3-Finger Old Time Banjo

Jason Romero - Guest Artist


Learn some old finger style banjo tunes, choosing the key to sing in, finding the right banjo tuning and how everything fits together.
Couple Dance

John Laskey


Live music with experienced dancers to help others improve
Zimbabwean Marimbas

Betsy Sims, Njuzu Marimba band members


Learn a song on the marimbas! Ages 10 and up. Beginners welcome. Limit 20 participants.

1:30
to
2:50

Beginning Songwriting

Andy Miller


Introduction to songwriting, basic music theory and simple tricks.
Flatpicking Guitar

Will Putman


Vocal Skills Building

Pharis Romero - Guest Artist


Build up your singing skills: breathing, tone, projection, range. Find freedom and confidence to explore and develop your voice while we learn a couple beautiful old songs
Instrument Swap



Transcendent Transitions

Susan Michaels - Guest Caller


Make your dancing smooth, horizontal, and Zen...learn the little moments between the figures that can create magic

3:00
to
4:20

Cajun Workshop

Nadine Landry, Sammy Lind


A condensed history of Cajun music, a few different examples of styles then it's hands on...and feet! We'll teach a song and the basics of the Cajun two-step and waltz. Bring your instruments and your dancing shoes!
Intermediate Blues Harmonica

Grant Dermody


Move beyond single notes & chords to tongue blocking, bending, improvising over blues forms. Bring KEY of A harmonica
Old Time Fiddle Workshop

Josh Rabie - Guest Artist


Cross tuning in G and A and work on easy tunes that really drive. Practice important double stop positions in standard tuning for use up the neck in alternate keys.
Instrument Swap



Family Square Dance

Caroline Oakley


Square Dance for all ages




Sunday Workshops


Hammond Room

Hickel Room

Egan Room

Sheffield Ballroom

10:30
to
11:50

Concertinas: the ins and outs

Len Feldman


discussion, troubleshooting, anatomy and physiology of this fascinating little squeezebox
Old Time Backup Guitar

John Hatton


The three strums necessary to play old time backup guitar. Some theory, then playing.
Duet Singing

Pharis Romero, Jason Romero - Guest Artists


How to bring a duet song to life, choosing the song, the keys, the stack (who sings what part), and arrangement. We'll demonstrate how different choices affect the blend of the voices

Noon
to
1:20

Harmony Singing

John Palmes


Learn how to make up harmony vocals, even non-singers. Some basic music theory to help feel the chord changes and improvise 3 parts. Teachers will find this approach useful
Electric Guitars and Gear

Riley Woodford, Terry Schwarz


Not a guitar lesson. A look at electric guitars & gear. What's up with amps, effects, all the knobs & switches, pick-ups, stomp boxes, whammy bars and pedal boards. For players and non-players.
Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo

Tony Holmquist, Brendan Shafer


We will focus on old-time fiddle and clawhammer banjo techniques and using them in fiddle tunes playing fiddle/banjo duets.
Dances of Universal Peace

Leah Labar


Simple meditative dances for all, no experience necessary

1:30
to
2:50

Introduction to Brazilian choro

Gus Hollingsworth and Steve Luteman


Choro is a living tradition in Brazil. We will learn three choros. Sheet music provided.
Piedmont Fingerstyle Guitar

Burl Sheldon


Learn some basic Piedmont-style finger picking to use in accompanying Blues and Folk songs.
Fiddle Chords

John Palmes


Fiddle as a rhythm instrument, play chords not the tune, play along with recordings... makes practicing fun.
Bitchin' Dances

Susan Michaels - Guest Caller


Providing a safe environment to talk about pet peeves & group booboos using a suggestion box, humor, dance games, and flowing squares & contras

3:00
to
4:20

Old Time Tunes jam

Tom Paul, Jack Fontanella


Share, play, and talk about a variety of old time fiddle tunes. Group will choose favorites to play or ones they'd like to work on.
Introduction To Guitar Open Tunings

Tracy Spring


We'll play simple (and less simple) arrangements of well-loved songs in commonly used open tunings, such as DADF#AD (open D), DGDGBD (open G) and DADGAD. If you have a slide, bring it!
History & Basics of Bowed Psaltry

Dennis Townsend


history, basics, and hands-on practice
Songwriting 101

Monica Lettner


theory, techniques, and tricks of the trade