Folk Alliance International presents the Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp
Feb. 16-18, 2018 at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO
 

Class Descriptions

Banjo

Right Hand Drills for Solid Clawhammer Banjo Playing

Instructor: Cathy Fink

Date/Time TBD

This workshop will include drills that are easy to practice and are guaranteed to build a strong foundation. Improve your timing, clarity, and detail in your right-hand clawhammer banjo work. The class will also explore straightforward clawhammer, double thumbing (also known as drop thumb) and additional right-hand methods.

Song Accompaniment for Old Time Banjo

Instructor: Cathy Fink

Date/Time TBD

Go through all of the steps of arranging a banjo tune to accompany voice – finding the right key, choosing the right tuning, and putting together a cohesive arrangement including an introduction, vocal backup, instrumental turnarounds, and instrumental breaks or solos.

Variations on a Tune for Banjo Players

Instructor: Cathy Fink

Date/Time TBD

Take a good banjo tune and make it more interesting! Learn tips, tricks, philosophy, and note by note demonstration for creating variations. Expect to walk away having learned 18 different ways to play the first note of Cripple Creek!

Jamming/Sideplayer Techniques

Accompanying A Songwriter

Instructor: Steve Dawson

Date/Time TBD

In this interactive class, artists will demonstrate accompaniment as we look at the concept of how to approach it, ways to think about improvising, adding color, knowing when NOT to play, and more! If you’re a songwriter looking for insight, or an instrumentalist looking for some ideas, you’ll get it all here!

Performance Skills

Pulling the Performer Out of Your Songs

Instructor: Ellis Paul

Date/Time TBD

Your songs want you to be the best pitcher in baseball. They want you to look the part with confidence, and be believable. We will try to design your stage presence around what your best songs want you to be when they are performed; the romantic, the philosopher, the waif.

Slide/Steel Guitar

Bottleneck Slide Guitar

Instructor: Steve Dawson

Date/Time TBD

Delve into the world of bottleneck slide guitar. Explore left and right-hand techniques, different tunings, improvisation and learn a tune (or two) to play on slide. This class is designed for beginner to intermediate slide players. Bring your guitar and if possible, a slide as well. No previous experience is required.

Pedal Steel Guitar Overview

Instructor: Steve Dawson

Date/Time TBD

Explore the mystery and intrigue of the pedal steel guitar. Whether you already play the steel, a different style guitar, another type of instrument, or are primarily a songwriter, this class is for you! You will learn more about the instrument, what it’s capable of, and how it can be used in your music. No instrument required.

Songwriting

The Snow Globe Song

Instructor: Ellis Paul

Date/Time TBD

A great song will transport the listener into a new three-dimensional world. This class will focus on how the imagination of the songwriter combines with the imagination of the listener to build a place in the mind. A song is like peering into a snow globe that becomes a new home.

Song Critiques

Instructor: Ellis Paul

Date/Time TBD

Using an editing wheel, we will listen to and help reconstruct songs as a class – weighing every word, every note, every chord against the mission of the song itself. In the process, learn techniques to improve song quality and ideas for leading song circles at home.

Ukulele

Intro to Chorded Melody for Ukulele

Instructor: Marcy Marxer

Date/Time TBD

Chorded melody is defined as playing melody and chords at the same time. With hands-on ukes, we’ll use a step-by-step method to learn the principles of this great style and we’ll practice the technique using familiar songs.

Swing Ukulele

Instructor: Marcy Marxer

Date/Time TBD

Get into swing rhythm and chords, and explore common chord progressions for western swing and classic jazz. Learn to add percussive dampening of the strings and you can lead a dance band with this style! Players must be able to change basic chords in 1st position with ease.

Fingerstyle Ukulele

Instructor: Marcy Marxer

Date/Time TBD

Learn two finger style arrangements that will challenge you to stretch out and play beautiful melodies. Selections include “Old Folks At Home” (“Swannee River”), “If I Had You” and “Shenandoah”.