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Here are our current 2020 workshop dates (more to come):


Flatpicking Essentials Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin

Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg,
Missouri

with Tim May and Dan Miller

Come study for three days with Flatpicking Essentials authors Tim May and Dan Miller. During this workshop there will be five 2.5 hour sessions. The topics will be as follows:

1) Developing Speed, Accuracy, and Tone (Friday Evening)

2) Rhythm, Timing, and Groove (Saturday Morning)

3) Developing Creative Solos (Saturday Afternoon)

4) Improvisation (Saturday Evening)

Sunday Morning you will have a choice:

5) Advanced Improvisation and Technique (Sunday Morning with Tim)

6) Learning Music By Ear (Sunday Morning with Dan)

Food will be provided and lodging is available. The number of attendees will be kept between 10 and 12 people so that everyone can receive personal attention. All levels of players are welcome.

For details, contact Dan Miller: dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582


The Northwest Flatpicking Camp
Thursday, April 30th to Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, Oregon


with Tim May and Dan Miller

This workshop, in Sisters, Oregon, is being sponsored by Preston Thompson Guitars. Tim and Dan both own and play Thompson Guitars and were both involved with the grand opening event at the shop in Sisters, Oregon, back in early 2014. During this event, Tim and Dan will teach on a wide range of the flatpicking topics that are presented in their 8 Volume book series, Flatpicking Essentials. Specifically, in addition to answering any and all questions from the attendees, they will address playing rhythm, developing creative solos, improving right and left hand technique, and improvisation. On Saturday, Tim and Dan will be joined by the extremely talented Oregon flatpicker Dale Adkins, and Joe Suskind will be part of the event and will entertain on Friday evening with the band Never Come Down. On Friday there will also be a set-up and tone workshop taught by the crew that builds Thompson guitars and guided fly-fishing is also available! Come and join us on this, the 1st annual Northwest Flatpicking Camp!

For more information about this event, click here.

Swing and Jazz Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin
Friday, May 8th through Sunday, May10th, 2020
Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg,
Missouri

with Tim May and Dan Miller

This workshop is for anyone who would like to improve their ability to play both rhythm and lead on swing and jazz tunes on the guitar or mandolin. In this workshop, we address topics like reharmonizing the chord progressions with various chord substitutions, we provide ideas about soloing on these tunes and soloing over standard swing progressions and turn-arounds, and then we spend a good bit of time working on ideas for improvising on these tunes using scale and arpeggio patterns.
For this workshop, in order to help facilitate us rolling up our sleeves and jumping right in, we send out a packet in advance of the workshop date to everyone who is attending. This packet will include the chords and melody to six standard swing tunes. Plus we also send some scale and arpeggio patterns to practice. That way, we can make sure that everyone has some familiarity with the tunes that we will be working with so no one will be trying to learn the tune and chord progression from scratch on that weekend. Anytime class is not scheduled, jamming is encouraged.


Food will be provided and lodging is available. The number of attendees will be kept between 10 and 12 people so that everyone can receive personal attention.
For details, contact Dan Miller: dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582


Rhythm, Timing, and Groove Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin
Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th, 2020
Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg,
Missouri

with Brad Davis and Dan Miller

For the Rhythm, Timing, and Groove Workshop, Brad and Dan will help students:

1) Improve and gain confidence in their ability to keep solid time on their instrument,

2) Teach how to use techniques such as bass lines and passing chords as devises to create a smooth and cohesive accompaniment,

3) Learn techniques to help embellish and add more interest to backup and accompaniment,

4) Learn how all of this comes together to support the singer, the instrumentalists, and the song,

5) Learning how to best work with other members of the rhythm section at the jam or in the band will also be addressed and practiced.

Anytime class is not scheduled, jamming is encouraged. After the Saturday Evening class we will have structured jamming.

Food will be provided and lodging is available. The number of attendees will be kept between 10 and 12 people so that everyone can receive personal attention.

For details, contact Dan Miller: dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582


Five String Banjo Workshop

Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg, Missouri

with Tim May and Dan Miller

During this three-day event Tim May and Dan Miller will present five 2.5 hour workshops covering all aspects of playing the 5-string bluegrass banjo.

Attendees will be split into two groups. Tim May will be teaching the intermediate-to-advanced students and Dan Miller will be teaching the beginning students. The instructors will answer any and all questions, but the general structure for the workshop presentations will be as follows:

1) Developing Speed, Accuracy, and Tone - to include banjo set up (Friday Evening)

2) Rhythm, Timing, and Groove - all aspects of banjo backup (Saturday Morning)

3) Developing Creative Solos - employing Scruggs, melodic and single string styles to develop your own solos (Saturday Afternoon)

4) Improvisation - how to take breaks on songs that you’ve never heard before (Saturday Evening)

On Sunday Morning students will have a choice:

5) Advanced Improvisation and Technique (Sunday Morning with Tim)

6) Learning Music By Ear (Sunday Morning with Dan)

Food and Lodging are available. Class sizes will be small so that individual attention can be given to each person.

If you are interested in signing up for any of the workshops, or if you need more information about cost, food, lodging, instructor bios, etc., please email or call Dan Miller at dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582.



Flatpicking Essentials Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin
Friday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg,
Missouri

with Tim May and Dan Miller

Come study for three days with Flatpicking Essentials authors Tim May and Dan Miller. During this workshop there will be five 2.5 hour sessions. The topics will be as follows:

1) Developing Speed, Accuracy, and Tone (Friday Evening)

2) Rhythm, Timing, and Groove (Saturday Morning)

3) Developing Creative Solos (Saturday Afternoon)

4) Improvisation (Saturday Evening)

Sunday Morning you will have a choice:

5) Advanced Improvisation and Technique (Sunday Morning with Tim)

6) Learning Music By Ear (Sunday Morning with Dan)

Food will be provided and lodging is available. The number of attendees will be kept between 10 and 12 people so that everyone can receive personal attention. All levels of players are welcome.

For details, contact Dan Miller: dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582


Songwriting Workshop
Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg,
Missouri

with Brad Davis

Grammy-winner Brad Davis is a talented songwriter, recording engineer, and multi-instrumentalist whose songs have been recorded by country music stars (most notably Tim McGraw), rock artists (movie actor Billy Bob Thornton and Tommy Shaw of Styx), and many top-notch bluegrass artists (Terry Baucom, Doyle Lawson, Tony Trishka, Phil Ledbetter, and many more). He has also written and recorded for a number of major motion pictures, including several Billy Bob Thornton movies (Jane Mansfiled's Car, Daddy n'Them).

In this three-day songwriting workshop Brad will not only work with the students to help them write song lyrics and melodies, he will also provide a wealth of information about how to best use your musical instrument to help tell the story of the song, and he will teach a workshop on how to make a professional sounding recording of your songs.

Food will be provided and lodging is available. The number of attendees will be kept between 10 and 12 people so that everyone can receive personal attention.
For details, contact Dan Miller: dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582




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