FDF Workshops
 
Workshops, 2013 Father’s Day Festival, Grass Valley

Thursday, dinner break:
• “GUITAR WORKSHOP”
Presenter: Josh Williams, The Rhonda Vincent Band,
Site: Old Maintenance Shop, area Db
• “DOBRO WORKSHOP”
Presenter: Brent Burke, from The Rhonda Vincent Band,
Site: By Stage Right, area Em
• “FIDDLE WORKSHOP”
Learn from the best!
Presenter: Hunter Berry from The Rhonda Vincent Band,
Site: By Ponderosa Hall, area G7
“PICKING BY EAR THE EASY WAY”
An approach to making music intuitive, so you can play without thinking!
Bring your instrument.
Presenter: Luke Abbott, Site: Over by the Entry Gate, area I


Friday, noon break:
• “GET MORE DRIVE OUT OF YOUR RHYTHM PLAYING” fundamentals of bluegrass rhythm guitar enabling you to play with more control and power, different rhythm techniques to support vocals and other instruments.
Presenter: Mike Wilhoyte, Site: Back Stage Area, area B#
“INTRODUCTION TO APPALACHIAN DANCE” Appalachian Flatfoot is best described as that form of dance to which the mountain folk reacted when hearing the specific sounds of fiddle/banjo tunes. The emphasis is on the downbeat with the feet remaining relatively close to the ground. We will discuss and demonstrate Buck dancing and Clogging as well. Bring your dancing shoes! Leather-soled shoes suggested, not required.
Presenter: Betsy Riger, Site: Old Administration Bldg, area Cm
• “CLAWHAMMER BANJO” (Drop-thumb banjo)
Presenter: Carl Pagter, Site: Old Maintenance Shop, area Db
• “BUILDING A MANDOLIN FROM A KIT”
Presenter: Roger Siminoff, Site: Northern Mines Bldg, area F#
• “HARMONY IN TWO AND THREES”
Presenter: "Tom, Brad, and Alice", Site: By Ponderosa Hall, area G7
• “IS YOUR INSTRUMENT STRESSED OUT”
Instrument care and use.
Presenter: Michael Lewis, Site: Luthier’s Pavilion, area H
• “MAKING JAM SESSIONS FUN! FOR AUTOHARPS and more”
A hands-on, non-threatening opportunity for beginners/newcomers to jam--will include how to follow a guitarist's chord changes. Geared toward non-traditional bluegrass instruments, but all are welcome.
Bring instruments & music stand.
Presenter: "Fuey" Herring and Janet Dove, Site:Over by the Entry Gate, area I


Friday, dinner break:
• “FREE BANJO CHECK-UP”
Presenter: Greg Deering, Site: Deering Banjo Display Tent, area A
• “SINGING IN THE RIGHT KEY” No experience necessary!
Hands-on help finding your vocal range, and what that means for you.
Presenter: Luke Abbott, Site: Old Maintenance Shop, area Db
• “MEET THE FIDDLING FILMMAKER”
The roots of American fiddle tunes
Presenter: Joe Weed, Site: Northern Mine Bldg, area F#
• “BEGINNING BLUEGRASS GUITAR WORKSHOP”
This workshop is directed at those folks who already know basic finger positions. If you have just started playing the guitar, or are new to bluegrass, this is a prefect workshop for you. Maybe you are a little intimidated when you approach a jam. Some of the things we will cover should help you gain the confidence to jump in and play in a jam setting.
We will cover the basic “boom-chuck” method of rhythm guitar. The chord numbering system and why it’s important. Learn some simple scale exercises to introduce you to flat picking. Written materials will be provided.
Bring your guitar, and let’s have some fun!
Presenter: Bill Jirsa, Site: By Ponderosa Hall, area G7
• “THE EVOLUTION OF BANJO RIM ASSEMBLY DESIGNS”
Presenter: Monte Hendricks, Site: Luthier’s Pavilion, area H
• “BEGINNING OLD TIME BANJO” Here’s your chance to learn both basic old-time 2-finger picking and clawhammer banjo, so bring your instrument.
Presenter: Dave Magram, Site: Over by the Entry Gate, area I


Saturday, noon break:
• “BANJO SET-UP AND MAINTAINANCE”
Presenter: Greg Deering, Site: Deering Banjo Display Tent, area A
• “DOBRO, BACK TO BASICS”
Presenter: LeRoy McNees, Site: Backstage Area, area B#
• “BASIC BLUEGRASS BANJO BACKUP WORKSHOP”
One of the most important bluegrass banjo skills is to be able to play good backup behind singers and other instrumentalists. BRING YOUR BANJO.
Presenter: Dave Magram, Site: Old Maintenance Shop, area Db
• “RECORDING ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS IN YOUR HOME STUDIO”
Presenter: Joe Weed, Site: Northern Mines Bldg, area F#
• “BLUEGRASS JAMMING WORKSHOP WITH SPECIAL CONSENSUS”
Welcome all instrumentalists and singers who are stressed out about playing in a bluegrass jam session with others! This workshop is geared toward beginning and intermediate players on all instruments and singers who want to gain confidence playing with others. The band will review the roles of each instrument and get everyone started playing immediately on several easy songs. They’ll discuss playing in other keys and using the capo, kick offs and endings, jam etiquette and knowing the unspoken rules of a jam session, and how to hear chord changes. This is a hands-on workshop, bring your voice and your instrument!
Presenter: Special Consensus Band, Site: By Ponderosa Hall, area G7
• “HOW TO EVALUATE THAT BANJO YOU WANT TO BUY”
Presenter: Monte Hendricks, Site: Luthier’s Pavilion, area H
• “WHAT ARE I, IV, V CHORDS? AUTOHARPS and more!”
Have fun jamming/practicing on some traditional bluegrass tunes and learn this "shortcut" method for calling chords. Beg – Inter -- for anyone curious about meaning of "one-four-five tunes". Bring your instruments!
Presenter:"Fuey" Herring and Janet Dove, Site: Over by the Entry Gate, area I


Saturday, dinner break:
“INTRODUCTION TO APPALACHIAN DANCE” Appalachian Flatfoot is best described as that form of dance to which the mountain folk reacted when hearing the specific sounds of fiddle/banjo tunes. The emphasis is on the downbeat with the feet remaining relatively close to the ground. We will discuss and demonstrate Buck dancing and Clogging as well. Bring your dancing shoes! Leather-soled shoes suggested, not required.
Presenter: Betsy Riger, Site: Old Administration Bldg, area Cm
• “BASS WORKSHOP”
Presenter: Danny Stewart from The Larry Stephenson Band,
Site: By Stage Right, area Em
• “LORE OF THE LOAR”
Presenter: Roger Siminoff, Site: Northern Mine Bldg, area F#
• “FIDDLE WORKSHOP”
Presenter: MICHAEL CLEVELAND, Site: By Ponderosa Hall, area G7
• “REPAIR 1A, FIRST, DO NO HARM” What you should know first!
Presenter: Michael Lewis, Site: Luthier’s Pavilion, area H
• “THE LIFE AND BUSINESS OF A BLUEGRASS BAND”
What it takes to run a band as a business and still enjoy the music!
Presenter: Larry Stephenson, Site: Over by the Entry Gate, area I



Workshop Locations:
Area A, Site: Deering Banjo Display Tent
Area B#, Site: Back Stage Area
Area Cm, Site: By Old Administration Building
Area Db, Site: Old Maintenance Shop
Area Em, Site: By Stage Right
Area F#, Site: Northern Mines Building
Area G7, Site: By Ponderosa Hall
Area H, Site: Luthier’s Pavilion
Area I, Site: Over By The Entry Gate
Area J, Site: Behind Sound Board
Area K, Site: Pioneers Stage
 
Posted By:  Rick Cornish



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