Advanced Clawhammer Banjo with Chris Coole

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Each day of this workshop will focus on a specific topic. They will be...

Chords - How to use them in back-up playing, as well as how to incorporate them into your tunes. We'll look at useful inversions and alternate strumming patterns.

Song Back-up - Learn some tricks and principles that will help make you better at backing yourself (or others) up once the singing starts.

Ghost Notes, Bass Lines, Skip Beats, Not-So-Basic Strums, and Explosion Licks! - I'll show you a bunch of little tricks that I use all the time in my playing, and how to apply them to yours.

How to Learn Tunes by Ear - We'll look at how to methodically build your own arrangments of tunes by ear. Starting with a recording of a tune, and build up several arrangments by adding techniques. We'll look at how this approach applies to learning tunes on the fly in a jam session.

An overview of each of these topics (including tabs, and recordings) will be provided for each of these topics. Participants will have everything they will need to go live in a cave on an isolated island, study, and eventually emerge as the next clawhammer Jedi.

Participants will be given a couple simple tunes to work on in advance that will help facilitate a super week of musical education!

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!

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