"Playing Irish & Scottish traditional tunes on guitar - Workshop"
Date: Saturday 21 April, 10 am to 4.30/5pm
Venue: The Art Studio, Greenhill Farm, Bletchingon, OXFORD, OX5 3BQ
Tutor: John Carnie
This workshop will focus on how to play Irish and Scottish traditional tunes, jigs and reels on the acoustic guitar. John's recent book and CDs highlight just what a powerful instrument the guitar can be when playing jigs, reels and slow airs. It will be of interest to all guitarists who would like to develop a good technique for playing traditional tunes on the guitar - be they Scottish or Irish tunes - or in the English or Bluegrass traditions.
It will look at popular fiddle tunes and the emphasis will be very much on learning by ear. There will be copies of tunes in tablature/ notation as a reference, but to get the most out of the day come along and don't expect to be reading music - this is very much part of the traditional approach!
The workshop will have an emphasis on flatpicking the tunes in standard tuning. However it is also very relevant to finger picking and thumb picking and indeed we will look at hybrid right hand techniques.
The workshop will cover a lot of other ground and we will discuss handy hints on chords and accompanying the playing of celtic music on the guitar and backgrounds on the various styles.
John Carnie is the author of the Scottish Guitar Tutor Book and has written for various publications on folk and blues. He is experienced in leading guitar workshops and masterclasses and in a variety of styles. He was the principal guitar instructor at the Living Tradition Summer School and taught at Scottish Culture and Traditions for many years before becoming a board director of the organisation.
Venue: The Art Studio, Greenhill Farm, Station Road, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire OX5 3BQ
Times: 10 am through to 4.30/5pm
Cost: £65 for the day
Level - Intermediate to advanced levels
Numbers will be be strictly limited
Free coffee/ teas/ refreshments etc available all day
Cafe ( The Batch Cafe) with home cooking available on site for lunch
A list of the tunes we will concentrate on will be sent out in advance
Please email via website for early enquires or phone /text for an informal chat 07761 243927