2010 – L.A. Old-Time Social Workshops

Sat. 5/15 12-5pm:

Farmlab.org, 1745 N. Spring St, Unit 4, 90012

12:30-2:30pm – Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle with Tom Sauber: Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

1:00-2:15pm - Beginning Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis: Have a banjo and are wondering what to do with it? Seen Triple Chicken Foot and want to play banjo like Mike Heinle? This is the workshop to get you started. We’ll be working on the essentials to get you up and running on clawhammer banjo starting from square one—tuning the instrument; basic clawhammer technique; keeping your banjo happy and healthy. You’ll leave knowing those things and playing a tune or two as well! If you already play and just want a refresher, you’re welcome to come, but the focus will really be on the foundation elements of clawhammer style. Limit of 12.  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

2:30-3:45pm - Advanced Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis:  If you already play clawhammer style and are looking for more, this is your workshop. We’ll review the essential elements of clawhammer style and then focus on fluently combining them in different ways to create the many rhythmic and melodic variations you hear in good clawhammer playing. I’ll teach two or three tunes, but emphasis will be on learning how to adapt what you already know to playing with others, especially with fiddlers in jam settings. If you want to review/practice your hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and drop-thumbs, come to the beginning workshop and then stay for the advanced session. I’ll have some tunes written out in tablature, but the goal is to develop your ear and technique to play with others without it. We’ll have a fiddler in attendance to practice with. Limit of 12. Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

2:30-3:45pm - West Virginia Fiddle Tunes with Joe Wack: Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

2:30-3:45pm - Clogging with Ruth Alpert: Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

4:00-5:00pm – Old Time Fiddle Tunes of Kentucky with David Bragger: The objective:  To leave the workshop with the bowing and notes of some wonderful eccentric fiddle tunes.  Please bring an audio recording device.  David Bragger plays fiddle and mandolin in Sausage Grinder, an old-time/country and blues jugband based in the Los Angeles area. David  teaches old-time fiddle, banjo and mandolin to students of all ages and levels. His students have won awards at festivals from Topanga Fiddle Banjo Festival to Galax, Virginia. Most importantly, he shows you how to have a foot-stomping ruckus of a good time!  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

4:00-6:00pm - Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels:  Learn how to call squares for your friends and family.  Beginners welcome.  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.comfor registration & questions.  Or just show up and get your dancing shoes on.

4:45-6:00pm - Shape note singing with Jessica Catron & Jeremy Drake: Shape note singing is a uniquely American tradition dating back to the late 18th century that brings communities together to sing polyphonic hymns and anthems. It is a proudly inclusive and democratic part of our shared cultural heritage, designed to facilitate congregational singing.  You are invited to come learn as well as participate in this unique, alternative musical language.   No prior singing experience or musical knowledge is necessary.  The music is easy, the sound is joyously resonant, and all voices and ages are welcome — a willingness to sing is the only requirement!  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

5:00-6:00pm - Guitar with Chris Berry:  Chris Berry, guitarist for LA-area jug bandsters Sausage Grinder, with some help from bandmate David Bragger on fiddle and mandolin, will give you the basics on Old-Time Ragtime Backup. Step out past the usual I-IV-V of fiddle tunes and learn to play guitar for raggy instrumentals and songs in several different keys and we might even touch on a little bit (a very little bit) of theory, too. Bring a guitar, a capo, a thumbpick or flatpick, and maybe a notebook and/or something to record with (no tab or chord charts — look and listen).  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.


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