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Songwriting & Guitar Playing From the Heart

All Levels

The deeper side of songwriting is the practice of knowing your own heart. In this workshop, we each tap into our own channels of inspired originality and create songs straight from the heart. Workshop participants cross between between spontaneity and structure, as they learn how to take that first inkling of an idea and shape it into a song they can be proud of. David teaches the craft as a way to feel more alive. Through group exercises, solo writing time, examples from David’s storehouse of songs, and help with your own songs, you learn how to write and sing from the center of your voice, unlocking presence, power, and energy with the least effort.

Although the focus of the workshop is on songwriting, the implications for guitar technique and approach are important components as well. The use of open tunings and capos will be explored, as these techniques help liberate the songwriter by opening up new channels on the instrument.

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About

Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth.

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”

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