Intermediate Rhythm Guitar with Steve Roy

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In the Intermediate Rhythm Guitar class, we will work on the essentials for rhythm playing in bluegrass and old time music. We’ll take a look at chords and strumming patterns, and the various types of bluegrass and old time grooves. There'll be some discussion about the rhythm guitar playing of some of the great rhythm players in bluegrass and old time music, such as Tony Rice, Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, Riley Puckett, and others.  We'll make sure we know our way around the common bluegrass and old time keys, so bring your capo!  I'd also like to explore using our ears as much as possible to figure out how to identify the chords to songs that we haven't heard before.  Most importantly, we'll work on the skills necessary to survive, thrive and have fun in 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!