BASS - POST BEGINNER

MIKE CANN

In this course we will be focusing on some of the trouble spots for most bass players, the non-negotiable, Time, Tuning and Tone. We will also work on how to create bass lines in different styles, jazz, folk, blues etc. and will work on improvising and learning tunes. Some time will be spent learning on how to read chord changes and play common chord progressions.

BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE

ELENA YEUNG

This workshop is an overview of the rudiments of playing bluegrass music and jamming in the bluegrass style. Depending on the class composition, topics can include an overview of the structure of bluegrass songs, the role of each instrument when playing in a group, how to set up a bluegrass jam, and ‘how to get that bluegrass sound’. One of the great appeals of bluegrass music is its accessibility to all ranges of musicianship. Beginners, intermediate and advanced players can all jam together and make a song as challenging as they choose. Familiarity with basic chords is recommended.

CLAWHAMMER BANJO - BEGINNER

BARRY LUFT

Those with little or no experience will learn the basic right hand frailing (clawhammer) stroke along with chords, two basic tunings and left hand techniques for song accompaniment and solo playing.

FIDDLE - BEGINNER

COLIN PETERS

If you have some, little or no experience, we will work together to ensure proper hold and posture for fiddling. We will learn some basic practice fundamentals and review some available resources for you to take away in order to advance your skills. We will also look at various styles of fiddle tunes – jig, reel, polka etc. and YES, we will learn a tune well enough to receive a standing ovation at the student concert!!

FIDDLE - INTERMEDIATE

PAUL BROOKS

The intermediate fiddle class will focus on learning new tunes and improving the ones that you already know. Different styles of music such as waltz, jig, reel will be discussed. Bowing techniques, rhythms and tempo will be covered as well as posture tips to make fiddling easier. Fiddle tunes will be learned both by ear and with music, so bringing a music stand or recording device would be something to consider.

FOLK / EAST COAST ENSEMBLE

PAUL RUMBOLT

Ever heard (or been part of) a really hot jam session where everything is just “cooking”; great rhythm sections; tight percussion and bass; tasteful intros, fills, solos and turn-arounds; spirited vocals, leads and harmonies? Well, that’s what we are believing is going to happen in this group.

We’ll breathe new life into some standards and take a walk through some originals done in a Folk/East Coast vibe. Come on out, bring your instrument (all instruments, including voice welcome), a sense of adventure, and we’ll create an alchemy that’ll be “greater than the sum of its parts”.

GUITAR - BEGINNER

CHRISTIE SIMMONS

Whether you’ve just got a shiny new guitar you’re itching to try or you’re fostering vague memories of a few chords and have a dusty guitar begging for attention, this beginner workshop will arm you with what you need to get moving along on your musical journey. You’ll learn how to tune your guitar, will become acquainted with the Nashville numbering system and a number of basic chords and you’ll move through some simple rhythm techniques. By the end you’ll be able to play a handful of songs and will have a good idea for how to tackle heaps more!

MANDOLIN - INTERMEDIATE

BOB REMINGTON

Unlike most mandolin courses that concentrate on learning fiddle tunes, this class will focus on accompanying a vocalist. It will introduce players to constructing a solo in any key, using different chord voicings, strumming techniques for rhythm playing, and how to play double stops. We will also work a bit on tremolo and cross-picking. You should already know basic music theory and how to form  chords. Music styles to be touched on will be folk, country, blues and bluegrass, with a pinch of swing.

RHYTHM GUITAR - POST BEGINNER

BRIAN VOLKE

For those students who have just learned G, C and D, what now? Here’s where we start working with those chords, plus some handy minors and actually playing some music. The goal is to get a half dozen songs under our belts and the confidence to keep on playing and learning more. We’ll add a few other keys in there. We’ll learn about chord patterns. We’ll learn that there’s more than one way to strum a guitar. We might even learn how to accompany ourselves while singing. All this will be accomplished in a fun atmosphere with opportunities to show off our new skills.

SLIDE GUITAR

TIM WILLIAMS

An over-view of acoustic finger-style blues, with an emphasis on right-hand fluidity. Slide guitar in open D and G tunings will also be covered. Some fingerpicking experience and first position chord knowledge.

SONGWRITING

CORI BREWSTER

There are no rules in songwriting — but there are ‘tools’ that can help you achieve your goals and there are ‘common denominators’ that occur over and over again in successful songs – songs that touch the hearts of audiences. We will look at the nuts and bolts of songs: Topics that we’ll cover are: what are the essential elements in a successful lyric, pitfalls to avoid, making rhyme your friend, creating lyrical contrast, surviving second verse hell and an intro to chord chemistry. We’ll also discuss creativity and ways to enhance yours. Bring a song you are working on, an instrument and an open mind. There will also be a pre-class questionnaire; registrants are encouraged to contact Cori at email: info@coribrewster.com

SPANISH GUITAR

JAKE PETERS

A basic introduction to Spanish/Latino style guitar covering left and right hand technique. Relevant scales and chord forms will also be studied and applied through two or three compositions. Students should have some finger style and bar chord knowledge.

SWING ENSEMBLE

DON GOWAN & RICHARD POITRAS

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VOCALS / LEAD VOCALS

JANAN FRANCES

Come out for an informative fun weekend. Work on song performance in a fun and safe environment.

We will focus on “owning your song” by discovering what makes the song your own. This class will help you feel comfortable singing in front of others by working on performance techniques and vocal troubleshooting.

This class will appeal to solo or group singers of all levels.

You will be required to bring a minimum of two songs to work on throughout the weekend. All styles of music welcome and remember to bring your instruments too!