As a part of the Old-Time Tidal Wave 2015, on Saturday April 11th in the afternoon, we'll be offering seminars. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask you bring cash and for only $20 per seminar, you can learn all you can sponge up from amongst the best music and dance minds of the Pacific Northwest. You may need a note pad, pen and recording device, if you're super keen.
Fingerpicking Guitar Learn some basic finger picking patterns that are the foundation of many forms of rural blues music. We'll cover the driving single string thumb style of greats like Mance Lipscomb, and the alternating bass style of Mississippi John Hurt and others. We'll also go over a few embellishments that can apply to many songs. Participants should be comfortable playing and switching basic chords, open to all! Devin Champlin plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin and more in bands like The Gallus Brothers, The Hi-O Revelers, The Crow Quill Night Owls, and Maria Muldaur's Garden of Joy Jugband. As a guitar player he mostly sticks to the country blues and is a dynamic fingerpicker.
Banjo Pickin' with Charlie Beck Playing the banjo on a song is a real joy, and through some great, old songs we'll take a peek at the banjo's many plucky possibilities. I'll start with some foundational banjo techniques, and then cover their many useful applications and related variants. There will also be an emphasis on creating solid grooves, and we'll examine interplay between the banjoist, singer and other potential instrumentalists. All experience levels welcome. We're gonna have fun and learn too, so bring your banjo, any banjo questions you may have and your voice!
Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing with Charmaine Slaven Learn the art of accompanying Southern fiddle music with your feet! We'll start with the basic rhythm foundation steps, and learn accent steps as we go, with an emphasis on dancing with good musicianship. All levels are encouraged to participate, as we'll start by building a foundation of basic rhythm steps, then build upon those steps, learning how to accent melodies. Flatfooting is an excellent way to improve your rhythm as a dancer and/or musician. You'll be learning to let your entire body "hear" the music. It's also an excellent work-out, as you'll be so entrenched in the music, you won't even realize you're working up a sweat! This class is physical, so be cautious if you suffer from back, hip, knee, ankle issues.