Advanced Flatpicking Guitar with Craig Young

In this Advanced Flatpicking Guitar workshop we'll be looking at the finer points of flatpicking, concentrating on lead lines and improvisation, learning how to insert "bluesy" licks and riffs in traditional bluegrass and country using the stylings of Tony Rice and David Grier. We will work on building solos, learning how to take a melodic idea and use and reuse in a solo of a song or a fiddle tune.  Looking at the right hand techniques of crosspicking and alternating picking, and finding the right balance between technique and feel. Lots of discussion and examples of scales and chords,  and how to incorporate in a solo.

As an electric player for many years, I have learned how to incorporate double stops into flatpicking and will also be discussing and demonstrating this in length. We will also learn some great exercises that have come to me over the years, and use them to help improve timing, speed, and tone. 

Students should have some knowledge of basic flatpicking and should be able to play a standard fiddle tune or two, and have a basic understanding of the neck of the guitar and chords. Students should have some experience in playing in a group setting. Be ready to jam! Make sure to have a capo, tuner,  along with your trusty Dreadnought. A good idea to have some sort of recorder as well, either audio or video is fine with me for future reference. I will be using tablature for teaching, so it would be a good idea to be familiar with that system. I look forward to questions, because I love to talk about guitar, so feel free to bring up anything concerning the guitar.

Craig Young hails from the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He's been playing the guitar since the age of seven, and started playing in the church youth choir band at the age of 12, then then played in his 1st rock n' roll and country band at the age 14!

Young has lots of experience in backing up songs and singers, as well as using the guitar as a solo instrument. Living in Nashville TN for nearly a decade, gave Young experience in bluegrass and country music both with the electric and acoustic. During this time (1999-2009) Young worked as a sideman, but focused on the flattop guitar and writing songs.

 Craig has won four CCMA awards for The Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band- Guitarist category. His album “Back Home” won the 2011 MusicNL(Newfoundland and Labrador) Country Album/Artist of the year. His most recent album, titled "Black Diamond Strings"  won the MusicNL award for Country in 2013. Following was a collaboration with guitar slinging Gypsy Jazzer Duane Andrews titled "Charlie's Boogie" which won ECMA (East Coast Music Association Traditional Instrumental Album of the Year 2014, and MusicNL Instrumental Album of the Year (2014). 

Craig now lives and performs Country and Bluegrass music in the St. John's Newfoundland area, and teaches at a school in Paradise, called New Wave Music.

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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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Sing and Strum with Jenny Lester

Wondering about timing, tuning, being in the right key, projection, tone, memorizing words, remembering chord progressions and building a repertoire?  Relax and have fun bringing your voice and the guitar together for a confident delivery.  We will bring to light some of the good questions to ask our selves as we are taking the time to build a discerning ear.  Together in a group we will study a repertoire of bluegrass songs and rhythm guitar techniques, plus each participant can offer an individually prepared song to for constructive peer to peer feedback.  

Jenny Lester is a dynamic Canadian Bluegrass performer and recording artist who has established herself as an important singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her original songs are carefully crafted in the bluegrass convention while at the same time displaying a contemporary freshness and vitality that breathes new life into the fabled "high lonesome" sound.  Jenny is a veteran stage performer, beginning on the fiddle at age eight with her family's Driftwood Canyon Family Band out of Smithers, B.C. After nearly a decade of touring West Coast festivals, Jenny won a musical scholarship to South Plains College in Texas, graduating with honours and three Golden Reel awards. The journey moved in the 1990s through Dark Horse based in Colorado, the Australian trio performing at Leo Foo Village in Taiwan, John Reischman and Bluegrass Signal in Vancouver, BC, and the Jenny Lester Trio. In 1998 Jenny released the internationally acclaimed debut album Friends Like You. The turn of the millennium brought together world touring, Yukon-based band, Hungry Hill.  Her love of music has been paralleled by her love of horses and Jenny currently devotes her life to both while living nestled in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Guitar 101 with Kayla Hotte

In Guitar 101, we'll focus on both the bluegrass and old time genres of music. We'll work on playing chords, as well as learning how to pick out simple, melody-based solos. We're going to learn about our roles while jamming, playing in bands, and accompanying singers. This class will delve into the often under-appreciated art that is rhythm guitar playing, and there will be lots of singing throughout.

To get the most out of Guitar 101, you are encouraged to be able to play the G, C, and D chord shapes and be able to switch between them somewhat fluently. Capos are recommended.

Edmonton, Alberta, based Kayla Hotte is certainly one of the fresher faces of bluegrass music. But don't let her age and innocence appearance fool you - this girl is a force to be reckoned with.

A graduate of Grant MacEwan University's music program, as well as the IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass program, Hotte is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle.

Hotte's love of music was born at a young age and she's been performing for almost as long as she's been walking and talking. "I grew up playing bluegrass music. My whole family plays," she explains. Her musical career began with playing in a family bluegrass band and, as soon as she was old enough to do so, she started up her own group called Bluegrass Angels. That band eventually morphed into another called Shortgrass, then Kayla and Erin Show then Kayla Hotte and Her Rodeo Pals. Currently, Kayla has been playing in a duo with her brother and musical partner, Matt Hotte. 

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Bryan McCrae

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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!