Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar:
Advanced Flatpicking Guitar:
Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo:
Advanced Bluegrass Banjo:
Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo:
Advanced Clawhammer Banjo
Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle:
Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle:
Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle:
Advanced Old-Time Fiddle:
Lead and Harmony Singing:
Lets Jam! with Keith Yoder
Lets Jam! This class is open to all instruments: guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass, for the strong beginner and up. This will be a perfect fit if you know your way around your instrument, but don't have much experience playing with others. So many folks practice all year long on their own at home, and just need time playing with others in a supportive environment. This is a great way to improve quickly. Keith is a multi-instrumentalist and fantastic teacher, and will have everyone on the same page in no time!
Keith Yoder is a talented instructor and musician with an unconventional approach to music education. Self-taught, he first picked up a guitar in high school and has since added numerous other instruments to the inventory he plays. He has played for 35 years (and counting!) and has taught full-time since 1994. Keith teaches and equips students on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, resophonic guitar, bass, and drums. An Iowa native, Keith loves time with his family, jamming with friends (old and new), watching documentaries on Netflix, eating the famed White Castle or Krystal burgers, and cheering for his sweet Minnesota Vikings.
Keith currently teaches private lessons in Knoxville, Tennessee and via the world wide web. He has recorded several outstanding CDs and educational materials. He has also taught at a vast array of camps including Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Merlefest Jam Camp, and Walker Creek Music Camp, and is well loved at NimbleFingers (Yeah!). Keith would love to meet you and pick some tunes!
Guitar 101 with
Intermediate Old Time and Country Rhythm Guitar with
Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar with
Advanced Flatpicking Guitar
with Eli West
Advanced Flatpicking Guitar with a focus on Improvisation
My favourite music uses both the right and left brain.
Let's gain the right brain data of a melody, only to deconstruct it with the left brain and build thematic solos based on grounded improvisation. Skill level is advanced, learning a melody by ear and visually (without charts, we'll be watching the fretboard). We'll study music as dialogue language, soloing on top of each other, using arrangements based on a number of instruments, projection, and confidence/conviction on creativity. Looking forward to it!
Eli West is a Seattle based multi-instrumentalist. With an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, his guitar playing has been called both unique and strong. He has released a solo record in 2016 including duets with Bill Frisell and John Reischman, and three records as half of the new/old-time duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. He also collaborates with Ben Winship, Joe Walsh, Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, and others.
Eli grew up on the receiving end of music camps, and so it feels quite right to come full circle, teaching now at camps including RockyGrass, Targhee, Centrum VoiceWorks and NimbleFingers.
Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo
Advanced Bluegrass Banjo with
Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo with
Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo This class is for people who have a basic understanding of the clawhammer style. We'll begin with the three major right-hand techniques (basic strum, double thumb and drop thumb). We'll look at the mechanics of each, and how you can use them to construct tunes. After that, depending on the interests of the class we'll look at such subjects as arranging tunes and playing variations, playing in alternate tunings, two-finger picking, as well as fiddle tune and song back-up.
Chris Coole is a Toronto based musician who specializes in bluegrass and old-time music. He has recorded ten critically acclaimed cd’s with Arnie Naiman, Erynn Marhsall, The Banjo Special,The Foggy Hogtown Boys and Ivan Rosenberg. Over the years, Chris has performed at festivals and led workshops across North America, Europe and Israel.
His first solo album “Old Dog” was released in 2010 to warm reviews and drew attention to his intimate songwriting style. In 2016 he released “The Tumbling River”, a follow-up of highly narrative story songs featuring seven more originals, firmly establishing his reputation as a unique, and grounded songwriter. This is evidenced by the fact that his songs have been recorded by artists such as The Sweet Lowdown, Megan Lynch, Bill Evans, Jenny Whiteley, and Riley Baugus.
Coole is a sought-after teacher of both banjo and guitar at workshops and festivals across Canada and the U.S. His teaching approach is featured in the instructional DVD “The Elements of Clawhammer Banjo” (Woodhall Music).
Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman and/or producer on over 150 recordings by artists such as Sylvia Tyson, Jim Cuddy, Natalie MacMaster, Cara Luft, John Reishman, April Verch, Justin Rutledge, The Slocan Ramblers, and David Francey.
Chris is a well loved NimbleFingers Instructor. Welcome back, Chris!
Advanced Clawhammer Banjo
with Mark Schatz
You should be comfortable the basic “bum-ditty” pattern. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with double thumbing or drop thumb technique. I will use tablature in my instruction, and familiarity with reading tab would be helpful. But it is not a prerequisite if you are a quick learner and/or have some kind of recording device so you can record vital parts of the lessons and use that in lieu of tab when practicing in free time.
We will explore advanced double thumbing techniques in the pursuit of playing involved melodic renderings of fiddle tunes. I will offer exercises to help improves one’s command of melodic, scalar, and arpeggiated phrases. We will work on chordal backup both in the lower 5 frets and up the neck as well to accompany a vocalist, or provide rhythmic backup to a fiddle tune.
I am all about feel or groove, so there will be an eye on maintaining this as we explore some of the more involved techniques outlined above. We’ll be focused and serious, but we’ll have fun with each other and with this delightful instrument that I dearly love!
Mark Schatz is a prominent figure in the new acoustic music scene. Twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, and currently nominated every year since, he has worked and/or recorded with an impressive variety of artists including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tim & Mollie O'Brien and Nickel Creek. He also acts as Musical Director for the internationally-acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, which showcases his other talents - clawhammer banjo and Southern Appalachian clog dancing.
He has two solo recordings, Brand New Old Tyme Way & Steppin' in the Boilerhouse, both on Rounder Records. He's also released two instructional bass videos on Homespun.
Intermediate Bass with
Intermediate/Advanced Dobro with
Sally Van Meter
Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle
Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle with
Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle with
Advanced Old-Time Fiddle with
with John Reischman
Advanced Mandolin - Old Time to New Acoustic In this class we will learn advanced mandolin techniques by studying some of my original tunes and other instrumentals from my repertoire. For example; to work on double stops and tremolo we will learn The North Shore. For uptempo bluegrass style playing we will learn Big Bug and Side by Each. For single note fiddle tunes we will learn Itzbin Reel and Cazadero. For more progressive Bluegrass and New Acoustic music with more complicated chord progressions we will learn Birdland Breakdown. We might even touch on Jazz chord melody by looking at Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
We will also study back up techniques for vocal numbers, chordal accompaniment, improvisation, and tone production.
As one of the acoustic worldʼs top-ranked mandolin players and composers, Vancouver based veteran artist John Reischman is renowned for his exquisite taste, tone and impeccable musicianship. His mastery of the instrument is showcased today in the powerful bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds, and his melodic Latin/jazz instrumental duo with highly regarded acoustic guitar stylist John Miller.
A familiar figure at bluegrass, folk and jazz festivals, John is also a highly-regarded workshop leader and participates in music camps (including NimbleFingers!) and workshops throughout North America and England.
with Steve Roy
This workshop assumes that you already know some of the most common ukulele chords - C, F, G, etc We'll get used to reading chord charts and singing along while playing, explore different strumming patterns, and also try plucking out melodies and reading tablature.. We'll also talk about a little bit of music theory, see how chords fit into the common keys, and how to use a capo. we'll be focusing on songs and tunes from the bluegrass and old-time repertoires so that you'll be able to fit right into the NimbleFingers jamming scene!
Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from the New Hampshire Seacoast. Known primarily as an upright bass player, but also a fantastic Ukulele player, he has performed and toured internationally with a myriad of bluegrass's top artists, including Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Darol Anger, Joy Kills Sorrow, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Chris Stuart and Backcountry, Spring Creek Bluegrass, The Brakemen, and many more.. He also leads the exploratory jazz group Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, and performs around New England with a wide variety of bands, including Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, the Stowaways, Grassputin, Steve and Dave Play Dead, High Range, Spinal Tarp, and many others.
He is a faculty member at 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME and at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH, teaching bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and ensembles. Steve has also been featured as an instructor at many of the top bluegrass and music camps (including many years at NimbleFingers!) in the US and Canada. Just to add a wee bit of icing on the proverbial cake, Steve is also a professional archaeologist with field experience in the Northeast US and Central America. Dude!
Lead and Harmony Singing with Anne Louise Genest and Nadine Landry
If you love to sing and want to explore lead and harmony vocals in a safe, supportive, and fun environment, then this Lead and Harmony Singing workshop is the place for you! Working with repertoire drawn from bluegrass, old time, country, and Cajun archives, we’ll look at the finer points of lead and harmony singing, including breathing and vocal production, exploring your vocal range, singing solo and lead parts, how to find harmony parts, and how to “blend” with other voices when harmonizing. We’ll also spend time exploring these musical styles from a vocal perspective, with an emphasis on how to use tone and inflection to sing within the conventions of these musical traditions.
We’ll look at solo, duet, trio, and quartet harmonies, as well as call and response. Everyone will have the opportunity to learn lead, tenor, and baritone parts, and we’ll spend time singing all together and in small groups. We’re really looking forward to doing some singing with you!
Vancouver Island based Anne Louise Genest, who performs under the stage name Annie Lou, has been touring major festivals and stages nationally and internationally for several years. Drawn to the haunting flavours of old time mountain, bluegrass, and traditional country music, her original songs are steeped in these influences and chronicle the hard-hit, hard-won victories of everymen and women. Her latest recording, Tried and True, includes collaborations with some of the best of Canadian acoustic musicians and showcases her ongoing evolution as an artist, with deep nods to the older music and a modern feel that connects the past to the present.
A Juno and multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Anne Louise is becoming a familiar face at many music workshops across the country, where she has taught vocals, guitar, songwriting, and clawhammer banjo. She loves to teach, and to learn, and shares that joy with her students in an accessible and supportive environment.