WINTER BLUEGRASS WEEKEND - WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Fri-Sun, Feb 28 to March 2, 2014, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN
The schedule below is from last year (2013) and remains as a sample of the types of workshops that tale place at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend. The 2014 schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available, probably around February 1st.
2013 Workshop Schedule
Saturday (Board Room 2)
10:00 AM - Putting the Glitz and Glide into a Waltz with Bonnie Hallett. Discussion, demonstration, and practice learning what techniques make the waltz on the violin showy (glitzy) and discussion, demonstration, and practice of the glide technique. Most of these skills involved finger and bowing techniques. I gear the workshop to the beginner and intermediate, but the so called advanced player can benefit also.
11:00 AM - Beginners' Clawhammer Banjo with Quillan Roe. Q will be teaching the basic right-hand motion for old-time clawhammer banjo playing.
12:00 PM - Bluegrass Live with Nic Hentges. This workshop will explore the basics of live sound with a focus on acoustic music.
1:00 PM - Taking A Song From Kitchen Table To Finished Product with Mary Henderson and Geoff Shannon. Let the preference be to take it from the first stages of being complete as a song, through arrangements, preparing it for recording, the actual process, etc. In other words, doing your homework and leg work before you’re on the clock in the studio. We might include some bare minimum hardware one might need to begin recording at home or in a personal space of some sort. There are some good options. This is a come with your questions and participate sort of thing. We can talk some about song writing, but mostly the recording process for acoustic music.
2:00 PM - Swing Guitar with Mark Kreitzer. There are not too many who play this style yet. It will be hands on - let's do it!
3:00 PM - Performance Stagecraft with Karl Burke. So, you and your band have spent tons of hours learning lots of great tunes, know how to play your instruments well, and are ready to start performing “out there” on real stages. But playing around the living room, or at festival campfire jams, is not the same thing as playing on a big ‘Main Stage’ in front of hundreds, or possibly thousands of folks. This workshop covers issues beyond being able to play the tunes and wanting to perform them. We’ll cover topics like getting comfortable on big stages, building a great set list, and connecting with the audience. We’ll also cover technical stuff, like sound checks, vocal mic techniques, ‘performance attitudes and etiquettes, and a lot more. Whether a beginner or seasoned musician, you will learn something to make your next show even better. Included will be a detailed 20 page handout, to help you remember all the stuff we’ll cover.
2013 Workshop Schedule
Saturday (2nd Floor Conf)
These beginners workshops are presented by The Homestead Pickin' Parlor.
12:00 Beginner old-time banjo with John Wallace
1:00 Beginner bluegrass banjo with Bruce Johnson
2:00 Beginner bluegrass mandolin with Mark Briere
3:00 Beginner bluegrass guitar with Mike Cramer
4:00 Beginner bluegrass Dobro with Jerry Spanhanks
Additional workshops held in the Old-Time Music & Dance Hall are listed on the Dance Hall schedule page. Additional workshops held in The Gathering Place are listed on the Gathering Place schedule page. For advance tickets visit our ticket page.
To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.
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