Lets Jam!:
Keith Yoder

Intermediate Rhythm Guitar:
Steve Roy

Beginning Flatpicking Guitar:
Stash Wyslouch

Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar:
Greg Blake

Advanced Flatpicking Guitar:
Molly Tuttle

Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo:
Jason Romero

Advanced Bluegrass Banjo:
Jeff Scroggins

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo:
Billy Cardine

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo:
Allison De Groot

Advanced Bass:
Mark Schatz

Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle:
Ellie Hakanson

Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle:
John Mailander

Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle:
Isaac Callender

Advanced Old-Time Fiddle:
Bruce Molsky

Intermediate Mandolin:
Tristan Scroggins

Advanced Mandolin:
John Reischman

Lead & Harmony Singing:
Pharis Romero

Songwriting:
Chris Coole

Band Lab:
Anne Louise Genest

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 several years at NimbleFingers (Welcome back, Keith!).  Please view the full list of camps and events - Keith would love to meet you and pick some tunes!

Keith Yoder

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Intermediate Rhythm Guitar
 with Steve Roy

 

Intermediate Rhythm Guitar In this class we'll take our rhythm guitar playing to the next level by studying the intricacies of Bluegrass and Old-Time rhythm styles.  The art of  rhythm playing has been pioneered by a handful of masters whose styles have been copied, and improved, by the succeeding generations of guitar pickers. We will explore the styles of some of the legendary Bluegrass guitar players, such as Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, Tony Rice, Riley Puckett, and others. We will learn chord shapes used by these masters which give Bluegrass  and Old-Time each their distinctive sound.  We will also learn various bass lines for moving from chord to chord, as well as the all important "G run", and learn to use them to punctuate the form of a Bluegrass song or tune.  Tone, timing, technique, taste, and a host of other T's will be addressed, and we will definitely have plenty of fun and laughs along the way.

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Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from the NH Seacoast. Known primarily as an upright bass 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 with 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!

 

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Beginning Flatpicking Guitar
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Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar
with Greg Blake

In Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar we'll build on playing simple melodies and fiddle tunes by learning how to:

- incorporate slides, hammer-on's  and pull-offs
 - include simple 'cross-picking' patterns around basic chordal shapes
 - choose notes within the chordal scale as 'pick-up' and 'grace notes
 - utilize a handful of tasty 'riffs' and 'lics' as a foundation for improvising

Maybe we'll do some singing, too!

Greg Blake was born in southern West Virginia and, from there, acquired his love for bluegrass and mountain-flavored music. With many musical influences such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, the Louvin Bros., Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, Greg began playing and singing at age seven.
While in Kansas City, Greg joined up with The Bluegrass Missourians. He was a member of that band for nearly 15 years, having the opportunity to open for great bluegrass acts such as Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs. He also traveled with a Kansas City based male gospel quartet (“The Harvest Quartet”) for 3 years. Greg is a Kansas State Flatpicking champion and, at one point in his career, was selected Bluegrass Guitar Performer of the Year 5 years in a row by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). He was nominated for that honor a total of 9 times, as well as being nominated twice for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Greg now lives in Conifer, CO. It is there he founded the Colorado-based group, Mountain Holler, before joining Jeff Scroggins & Colorado in 2011.  Greg also performs with KC Groves in the duo Blake and Groves.

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Advanced Flatpicking Guitar
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Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo
with Jason Romero
 

I'm super excited to be teaching Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo at NimbleFingers! During our week we will spend time listening to and dissecting the playing of three of the most influential early bluegrass players - Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Ralph Stanley - and probably a few other favourites, too.  While working on the three T's  - timing, taste and tone - we'll spend time working through pentatonic scales (and their practical applications) to connect and unlock the fingerboard.  We'll also spend a bit of time on singing with the banjo. Be ready for mostly standard tuning though we will touch on classical C tuning and playing in the key of D.   This class will emphasize learning by ear, with some tab given out.  Recording devices are welcome. 

As always, we'll talk about banjo set-up and getting the best tone from your instrument. 

 

Jason Romero is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass.  His singing and playing has beena fixture on the Arcata, California bluegrass and old-time scene before coming to BC, where he met and married his partner in life, music and business, Pharis.  His singing and playing has been called both seductive and badass.

Together Pharis and Jason have since released five records - three as a duo - and toured across North America and the UK. They've been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC's The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

A Wanderer I'll Stay is the latest release from the duo. Raising a family while developing an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason made time to carve out new songs - heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains - and to put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), it won a 2016 Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and was nominated for an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. The title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason's releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

They are no strangers to Sorrento and NimbleFingers, and we're absolutely thrilled to have them both back. 

Pharis and Jason Romero

 

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Advanced Bluegrass Banjo
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Beginning Clawhammer Banjo
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Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo
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Advanced Bass
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Advanced Bass - In this class we will expand the skills and range of folks who already have a good working knowledge of the bass. We will work on scales and positions in the left hand. We will learn exercises to increase dexterity, accuracy, and speed in the right hand. We will explore arco (bowing) technique for those who have interest in such. We will work on adding color, variation, and shape to bass lines, and look at how to approach soloing. We will work on slap bass, walking bass, and delve a bit into some different grooves including funk and latin. Don’t be intimidated – I will tailor the class to the skill levels of those attending! We’ll have fun – may even so some hamboning to work on our rhythm and groove skills which of course, is where it all begins!

 


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Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle
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Advanced Old-Time Fiddle
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Advanced Mandolin
with John Reischman

In Advanced Mandolin; tunes and songs, variations and improvisation  we will learn some instrumentals, and solos to standard bluegrass and old time songs. We will also look at melodic variations on this material and approaches to improvising while still retaining the integrity of the melody. Double stops, slides, hammer-ons, tremolo will all be explored. In addition to the standard material we will look to some of my original material.

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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. We're always happy to see our friend John!

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John Reischman and The Jaybirds

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Lead & Harmony Singing
with Pharis Romero

Lead and Harmony Singing The beautiful joy of bluegrass, old time, and early country singing.  First off, let's take time every day to build up your singing skills in tone, breathing, projection and range.  These skills will help you find new freedom and confidence to explore and develop your own voice while we build up a solid repertoire of songs from the old recordings and songbooks.  We'll delve into harmony singing early on, learning the practical and the intuitive sides of the art.  This is a class for all levels of singers, from the novice to the more advanced. We'll find plenty to excite and challenge you at all levels. 

Pharis Romero has been called a "historical treasure by the BC Folklore Society, and rightly so.

On stage from a very young age with her family's country band, classically trained and country schooled, she was a co-founder of the award-winning and innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social, releasing two celbrated albums from 2005 to 2009 before venturing out musically with her husband and musical partner Jason Romero. 

They've since released five records - three as a duo - and toured across North America and the UK. They've been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC's The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

A Wanderer I'll Stay is the latest release from the duo. Raising a family while developing an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason made time to carve out new songs - heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains - and to put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), it won a 2016 Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and was nominated for an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. The title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason's releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

They are no strangers to Sorrento and NimbleFingers, and we're absolutely thrilled to have them back. 

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Songwriting
with Chris Coole

In this Songwriting class, we'll explore how to write songs that will draw the listener into a place, time, and story - and what it takes to keep them there.  As well as working within our own personal styles, we'll look at traditional music and see what there is to learn from the songs, melodies and stories that have stood the test of time.   We'll examine the power of a good chord progression and melody, and look at some basic theory and methodologies for creating them.  We'll talk about stylistic and aesthetic choices we have that might make our songs fit into specific "folk" genres such as bluegrass, old-time, or country.  Most importantly, we'll share our experiences as songwriters and hopefully inspire each other. 

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!


Chris Coole
Video - I Know Your Wandering Heart

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Adventures in Band Lab with
Anne Louise Genest

This comprehensive Adventures in Band Lab workshop for intermediate players will focus on repertoire and skill development for solo and ensemble playing. Working with material from both bluegrass and oldtime traditions, we’ll take songs and tunes and workshop them from A to Z. How do we choose repertoire? What makes a song resonate with us? How do we interpret it and make it our own? How do we develop it for performance, whether it’s for the stage or for the living room? What are the roles of different instruments in the context of ensemble playing? How do we communicate with each other and work effectively in a band context? How does a solo player deliver “the goods”? What to do when there are three guitars and no mandolin? These are some examples of the ideas we’ll focus on as we play together. We’ll form bands within the class and focus on particular songs, working them up from start to finish and sharing with each other in a safe and supportive “band lab” context. The week will also include a series of mini-workshops to give you tools to develop your skills as a solo and ensemble player, such as lead and vocal harmony, solo and backup playing on different instruments, stagecraft, working the mic, and more! 

If you’re ready to try something a little different at NimbleFingers, and want to apply and develop your musical skills in a broader context than single instrument study this workshop is for 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. 

This will be Anne Louise’s seventh year as a workshop leader in Sorrento. She loves to teach, and to learn, and shares that joy with her students in an accessible and supportive environment. We love having you too, Anne Louise!

Annie Lou
Video - Tried and True

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