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I’m teaching a weeklong clawhammer banjo workshop in Brasstown, North Carolina at the John C Campbell Folk School April 28th-May 3rd. This will be a workshop for all skill levels focusing on right hand rhythms. A lot of players get by using just one, two, or maybe three rhythms in their right hand (like the ‘bum-ditty,’ the drop-thumb, the double-thumb). We’ll start by reviewing these fundamentals, and then explore rarely-heard rhythms used by clawhammer legends like Wade Ward, Hobart Smith, and Kyle Creed. Our goal will be to understand how and why these players would use these rhythms, and how you can use their techniques in any
Southern Pacific Sessions is proud to present its second-ever SQUARE DANCE right in the heart of North Park, San Diego at Verbatim Books on Sunday February 25th at 7pm. All ages and experience levels welcome! All dances taught from scratch and all moves prompted – no experience necessary. Live fiddle music from yours truly, Ryan Finch, and members of By The Lee. Evie Ladin(Oakland, CA) calls the dances. It’s an old time dance party! Details here
ALL AGES! Tickets $40 (Online ticket sales only) Buy tickets online with no service fees at: https://verbatimbooks.com/events/… and then click green “Tickets” button on top right Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm General Admission
I’ve two new guitar instructionals available in limited supply at my store, and also on Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop…. The Music of Jelly Roll Morton We will study one song and two instrumentals from Jelly Roll Morton’s vast repertoire. Each tune will open up a world of chord voicings and bass counterpoint to push your hands to the limit. Tunes covered are: Sweet Substitute, Grandpa’s Spells, and Seattle Hunch. Preview here. Building a Guitar Rag This lesson will be structured around three forms commonly used by country, ragtime and blues pickers. Each is introduced in a simple arrangement for beginners.
Excited to announce a stringband tour through California in June. 6.10 Jacumba. The Bath House. 8pm. Facebook Event 6.11 Santa Monica. McCabe’s Guitar with Zac Sokolow. 8pm. Tickets. 6.13 San Luis Obispo. The Milking Parlor at the historic Octagon Barn Center. 7pm. Tickets 6.14 Locke. The Pearl. 8pm. Facebook Event 6.15-16 Grass Valley. California Bluegrass Society’s Father’s Day Festival. Tickets 6.18 Bishop. Mill Creek Station. 7:30pm. Facebook Event
Heading out (mid)west this May! Midwestern Solo Tour 5.6 Fayetteville WV. Private Event 5.11 Ghent KY. House Concert with John Harrod & Tona Barkley. 6:30pm FB Event and Address 5.12 Frankfort KY. Ama on the Creek with the Possum Queens. 7pm. Tickets 5.18 Urbana IL. Rose Bowl Tavern 5.20 St Louis MO. The Focal Point with Ethan Leinwand and Nick Pence. 8pm Tickets
I’ve two new video lessons out on Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. Each covers three original arrangements of fiddle blues, piano rags, and early jazz compositions. Check out the links below for video previews and to purchase. Arranging Fiddle Blues & Jazz Piano for Guitar Drunken Man’s Dream – a crooked fiddle blues from Kentucky fiddle legend Doc Roberts Cumberland Blues – a Doc Roberts fiddle melody that bridges the gap between old time and ragtime sounds. Kansas City Stomp – A Jelly Roll Morton piano composition. Arranging Ragtime and Jazz Piano for Guitar Mr. Jelly Lord – a
I’m going coast-to-coast this year! Real happy to join this lineup. More info and tickets available here.