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Here are our current 2019 workshop dates:

Flatpicking Essentials Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin
Friday, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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


Swing and Jazz Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin
Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th, 2019
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 swing and jazz rhythm, soloing, and improvisation. We will be addressing topics like reharmonizing the chord progressions with various chord substitutions, providing ideas about soloing on swing and jazz tunes and standard swing progressions and turn-arounds, and then spending a good bit of time working on ideas for improvising using scale and arpeggio patterns.

For the Swing and Jazz workshop, in order to help facilitate us rolling up our sleeves and jumping right in, we send out a packet about five or six weeks in advance of the workshop date to everyone who is attending. This packet will include the chords and melody to about six standard swing tunes. We also send a group of 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 on that weekend.

Food will be provided and lodging is available.

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


Rhythm, Timing, and Groove Workshop for Guitar and Mandolin
Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Jade Green Farm, Harrisburg,
Missouri


with Brad Davis and Dan Miller

Brad Davis and Dan Miller (authors of The Guitar Player's Guide to Developing Speed, Accuracy, and Tone and The Guitar Player's Guide to Rhythm, Timing, and Groove) will conduct a Rhythm, Timing and Groove Workshop that will be open to guitar, mandolin, bass, and banjo players of all levels.

During this weekend workshop Brad and Dan will help attendees:

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 be addressed and practiced.

Known as a phenomenal lead player, Brad Davis is also one of the best rhythm and accompaniment players in music today. He has toured with Earl Scruggs, Sam Bush, Marty Stuart, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, The Forester Sisters, John Jorgenson, and Billy Bob Thornton...just to name a few. Don't miss this opportunity to study with Brad!

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.

There will be 5 workshop sessions lasting 2.5 hours each. The first will be on Friday evening, the last will be on Sunday morning.
Food will be provided and lodging is available.
For details, contact Dan Miller: dan@flatpick.com or 573-823-5582


Five String Banjo Workshop

Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th, 2019
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 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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 8th through Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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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