Updated: July 26, 2006
Player Workshop Schedule
Paul Asbell -
Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop
From his early years, playing blues on Chicago's South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul Asbell has earned an underground reputation as a true "musician's musician". He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, and numerous others. His most recent acoustic CD's, "Steel String Americana" and "Roots and Branches" have received glowing reviews from Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Sing Out!, Guitar Player, Downbeat, Vintage Guitar, etc. He has taught guitar for over 35 years, including Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Marlboro College, and University of Vermont, and has taught numerous workshops covering a variety of styles.
Michael Chapdelaine - Arranging pop songs and composing and for fingerstyle guitar
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival at Winfield.
From New York's Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Chapdelaine continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, "soulful" expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm'n'blues as he wins his audiences hearts with breath taking technique and the poetic magic of his original musical portraits and landscapes.
In 1994 Chapdelaine turned his attention to pop music, in arranging, producing and recording Time-Life Music's beautiful Guitar by Moonlight collection, which sold 250,000 copies in it's first two years in the stores. In 1998, he once again, expanded his musical range and gained instant notoriety and credibility in the "acoustic music" world as a "fingerstyle" guitarist and composer, by winning the National Fingerpicking Championships at Winfield.
Chapdelaine is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University. He has given master classes throughout the world including, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia and at institutions such as, University of Miami, Mannes School of Music, University of Texas, and California State University. His teachers included the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia.
Laurence Juber - Up Close With LJ
As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney hand-picked him to become Wings' lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring the world with the band, and during that time he also won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® Award for the track "Rockestra" from the Wings album "Back To The Egg."
After Wings disbanded in 1981, Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, recently being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 10 critically acclaimed solo albums, including "LJ Plays the Beatles" and his latest, "Guitarist."
As a studio and touring musician he has worked with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Al Stewart, Air Supply, Paul Williams and The Monkees. His guitar playing is featured on films such as "Dirty Dancing", "The Big Chill", "Good Will Hunting" and many others. His television credits include "Home Improvement", "Seventh Heaven", and most recently "Eight Simple Rules."
Update: The 2PM workshop has SOLD OUT; Laurence has agreed to repeat his workshop at 4PM.
After these discussions, Bill will use the second half of the workshop as a "master class". This format will allow selected participants to perform one of their own arrangements or compositions, and receive feedback and ideas in front of a supportive group. Interested participants should bring their guitar and sign up prior to the class. Bill will offer ideas on technique, composition and arranging in three 20 minute sessions. Sometimes we all get "stuck" and good feedback and a different perspective can be useful in achieving breakthroughs.
Applauded by critics and guitar enthusiasts alike for his composition, tone, emotion and smooth "multi-part" style, Bill Mize is a past winner of The National Finger- style Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. (Guitar Player Magazine has labeled this event the U.S. Open of guitar competitions) Bill's music is featured on the Grammy-winning recording, Stellaluna, as well as popular guitar compilations Windham Hill Guitar Sampler by Windham Hill Records and Masters of the Acoustic Guitar by Narada Records. John August Music/Mel Bay Productions have transcribed Mize's second cd, Tender Explorations, into a songbook, and several guitar magazines have published some of Mize's arrangements and original compositions. Bill tours nationwide and is a frequent clinician / performer at guitar camps including the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, and Steve Kaufmann's Guitar Camp in Tennessee.
Nelson - Mapping the Fingerboard
1. Points of Reference: fret board markers and the octave grid.
There will be handouts: worksheets, diagrams, music paper, TAB paper, and a few songs to apply the material to. Players of any level are welcome.
Kinloch Nelson began playing guitar in 1957, performing in 1969 and teaching guitar in 1973. His nearly 40-year career has run the gamut from solo classical and folk concerts in coffeehouses and folk festivals to club dates with jazz, country, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, and rock bands.
Nelson studied classical guitar privately with Stanley Watson in Rochester NY, jazz guitar with Gene Bertoncini at Eastman Music School, and music theory at the University of Rochester. In 1973 Nelson began teaching both privately and at The Hochstein Music School in Rochester NY where he was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Other teaching activities have included workshops at The University Of Rochester, S.U.N.Y. at Oswego, and summer residencies at Maryland Summer Center For The Arts. In 1985 Nelson co-founded the Guitar Society of Rochester, Inc. which during its ten year run presented many of the world's greatest guitarists. It also supported local artists through master classes and concerts, gave thousands of bedside serenades to hospital patients through the Guitar Outreach Program, and provided consultation to the Eastman School of Music in its formation of a guitar program. Nelson has appeared in concert at The Wolftrap Center For the Performing Arts; Washington, DC's Glen Echo Dance Theater; Maryland Center for the Arts in Baltimore; National Association of Music Manufacturers in Nashville, & Los Angeles; Art Park in Buffalo, NY; Time/Warner Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY; Owen Sound Folk Festival; Akron Folk Festival; Golden Link Folk Festival; North American Folk Alliance; Fretted Instrument Guild Of America; and appearances in Peru, Canada, and Ireland.
Duke Robillard -- CANCELLED
Duke started on his professional musical journey at the age of seventeen by forming his first band after high school “Roomful of Blues”. He led that group as singer, guitarist, songwriter and front man for a dozen years and two albums before venturing on the path his musical quest has led him. Short stints with Robert Gordon and The Legendary Blues Band (one of the greatest of Muddy Waters backup bands) led to the formation of “Duke Robillard and the Pleasure Kings” his powerful blues rock trio of the early eighties. He has gone on to record eighteen solo albums and has appeared as guitarist and/or producer on albums by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Jay McShann, Herb Ellis, Scott Hamilton, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Roscoe Gordon, The Fabulous Thunderbirds (Whose guitarist, Jimmie Vaughn he replaced from 1990 to 1992), John Hammond, Debbie Davies, Bryan Lee, Mark Hummel, Bruce Katz and the list goes on and on…
It’s no secret among blues and swing fans that Duke’s style has influenced many local, national and international guitarists over the years; famous and unknown! His lyrical phrasing and stunning command of classic blues and jazz styles has been thrilling audiences for decades. Duke keeps himself busy these days touring, producing, and writing and can be heard with his blues touring group “The Duke Robillard Band” which includes longtime Roomful of blues Baritone Saxophonist, Doug “Mr. Low” James.
Mitch Seidman's workshop will include developing linear approaches to jazz improvisation on chord changes coupled with ear training to help your solos become more focused and better connect your hands and ears. He will also address accompaniment techniques that will include chord voicings and rhythmic clarity that will help you become more supportive as you play in duos, trios, and large ensembles. More advanced approaches to guitar playing may also be addressed. Intermediate level guitarists will find this workshop most helpful, as well as professionals and guitar teachers interested in acquiring additional techniques of performing and instructing. Attendees are invited to bring their guitars and writing materials. Handouts will also be distributed.
Mitch will be performing on an 18" custom-built Eclipse archtop guitar built by luthier John Monteleone.
Mitch Seidman may be contacted at email@example.com regarding the workshop.
Guy has thirteen albums and CDs available on Rounder, Daring, and Green Linnet Records, and is the author of Stride Guitar from Mel Bay Publications. He also performs classic swing jazz as a 'two man bigband' with clarinetist Billy Novick, and the two are now celebrating their thirtieth season together. As a composer, Guy produces soundtracks for films and public television programs, such as Frontline, Nova, and The American Experience (that's Guy, playing guitar on the Antiques Roadshow theme song). His workshops focus on his process of arranging for guitar, a layered concept of simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, almost as though he were holding a small piano in his lap. Guy is an exceptional teacher as well as performer! Don't miss him!
from his bio page on mamajazz.org
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