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ACOUSTIC ALASKA GUITAR CAMP

 

 

Fingerstyle Guitar

This class covers the vitally important basics of Fingerstyle including proper body position, breathing/relaxing,  techniques for right and left  hands, exercises to improve bar chords, exercises to improve precision of both hands, choosing the most suitable fingering, simple patterns to apply to popular songs, study of a simple classical piece, a folk song, and simple blues. Having learned these basics, we will move on to performance tips (to include feeling comfortable performing for/with others), the art of practicing, and, lastly, looking for inspiration. 

Advanced Fingerstyle/Arranging

While most musicians find a way into music, be that Melody, Harmony or Rhythm, one’s got to get to everything eventually!  The guitar it's like a mini orchestra of sounds, the perfect instrument for writing melodies, musical ideas and emotions. In this course I will show you the elements necessary to: arranging and composing for steel string guitar, exploring different guitar styles, techniques and rhythms, the mysteries of Open Tunings, percussive techniques in conjunction with melodies, bass lines and chords, natural sound effects as “support” to the music itself, and use of dynamics and musical expression.

Flatpicking

This class will be geared toward beginner and intermediate flatpickers. We will work on establishing proper techniques needed for this type of music in order to play clean and sometimes fast. Sometimes REAL fast but with proper technique and guidance, everyone can play faster and cleaner, with deeper tone and a better understanding of traditional guitar playing, We will work on right and left hand skills, new chords, crosspicking (What's that?? You'll find out), many new tunes and much more. A program that progresses each day built on the prior day's class.


Advanced Flatpicking

This class is for the student that has been flatpicking a while, not just playing guitar- but flatpicking. We will focus on proper right hand and left hand techniques and drills, understanding and playing up the fingerboard, new songs, new chords, A program that progresses each day built on the prior day's class.

Songwriting

This class will be a "learn while we do it" experience, discussing each aspect of making better songs as they develop, as opposed to using the lecture / classroom model. We'll explore some different techniques to get a song started, discuss ways to dig a little deeper to find lyric that is more resonant and uniquely your own, and run through a checklist of great tools that can be applied to any song to pull it out of mediocrity into something really delightful. We'll also cover some of the business basics.

Performance

Mandolin 

We'll take a look at right and left hand technique, learn a tune or two, learn how to play rhythm using open-string chords as well as how to make a good sounding chop with a Monroe-style closed-fingering chord, we'll learn the basics of music theory - just enough to help us see a few patterns on the fretboard that will help us learn melodies quickly by ear, be ready to play in a variety of keys and start improvising in no time!

Advanced Mandolin

intermediate / Advanced Mandolin We do our best to cover a lot including - right and left hand technique, a couple of rhythmic feels that come up regularly in bluegrass music played both on single strings and two-strings at a time, arpeggios in first position and up the neck and how to start using them in improvisation, using chord inversions in rhythm back-up, using double stops in solos. And there's a whole lot more if time allows. 

Clawhammer Banjo

Celtic Guitar

Blues Jamschool
Acoustic Blues
Swing Jam
Lead Guitar

We'll explore ways to make your solos and single note playing say something meaningful. It's easy to get stuck in the rut of the boxes we know, and playing all of the notes we know without thinking about why we're using them. We'll look at scales and riffs and techniques, but more importantly we'll look at the guitar as our second voice and how to truly sing with it.

Voice

We all tend spend A LOT of time learning about how our guitar gear works and practicing our guitar scales while assuming our voices are supposed to just naturally do everything we want. Sometimes... but often not! We'll give some love and attention to your voice in this class; covering the mechanics of singing with daily workouts for better pitch, tone, breathing, phrasing and dynamics. We can also do some workshopping on performance and on specific issues like melody and phrasing in songs, range and vocal fatigue.

Harmonies

Harmony Singing 101:  Do you ever feel like you're missing the harmony-singing gene? Discover many ways to create vocal harmony parts using simple and sure-fire techniques. We'll be singing two and three part harmony with hopes to make your hair stand on end! Pre-requisites: a desire to sing; basic music theory an asset but not required. Bring: your voice, paper (for taking notes)

Major Classes

Minor Classes

Intro to Flatpicking

So you never flatpicked?? Always wanted to!! Here's your chance to learn and get started correctly in a fun and easy going class. No previous flatpicking experience required. You'll have a blast and don't even have to own or bring a flatpick. One will be provided for you.

Intro to Fingerstyle

Intro to Mandolin

 

Pennywhistle

Play Al Stewart

Music Theory

Using the major scale as a building block we will look at other scales, chord theory and some useful tricks on how this all relates to the guitar. 

Play Rev Gary Davis

Play Mississippi John Hurt

Playing Guitars as a Duo

This is all about making the most of having 2 guitar players. We'll talk about chord inversions, thematic riffs, and other ways to make 2 parts sound like a whole.

Rhythm For Strings

 

Intro to Slide

This will be a brief introduction to the world of Slide (Bottleneck) Guitar. We will touch on all the basics including right and left hand damping, slide control and vibrato; hammer-ons and pull-offs as related to the slide, false harmonics and open tunings.

Guitar Maintenance & Repair

Learn how to care for your guitar and do minor repairs and adjustments without a lot of specialized tools.  Topics will include fret work, truss rod adjustments, nuts and saddles, finish touch ups, and humidifying your instrument against cracking. 

 

Guitar Acoustics

 

How to Buy a Guitar

Spicing Up Your Chords

Intro to Clawhammer Guitar