Blues Roots & Beyond: chord melody in the blues
Woody’s Acoustic Blues Roots & Beyond session will focus on practical approaches for developing fingerstyle technique, understanding the logic of the fretboard, and ways to variations within a tune by “playing off” and creating chord melodies. These ideas will be illustrated while learn a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes including the arrangements of Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang as well as Woody's original compositions. Some of the ideas covered will be syncopated picking, getting a good sound, how to organize your practicing and basic exercises for exploring the fingerboard. Woody will break down the complexities and illustrate how the techniques of traditional country blues form the basis for other styles including gospel, jazz and contemporary sounds. This workshop is designed as a continuation of the ideas in Woody's previous Fur Peace sessions( but open to everyone). It's a hands on, practical session for people who want to take their picking to the next level, understand basic chord concepts and learn some great tunes in the process.
Country Blues & Ragtime Improvisation; The Guitar of Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy
Woody will teaching the repertoire and playing styles of Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy, two of the greatest masters of the ragtime and blues guitar tradition. In addition to learning many of their sophisticated arrangements, the focus will be on furthering your own creativity by understanding what you are playing and developing practical approaches to creating variations within a tune. Woody will break down the complexities and illustrate Blake and Broonzy’s spontaneous and improvised approach to their music.
Some of the techniques covered will be syncopated picking and getting the texture and groove of the music, using partial chords, damping, dynamics and improvising. This is a workshop for guitarists who would like to get deeper into the playing of Blake and Broonzy and take your playing to the next level while learning some great tunes in the process.Anchor
About Woody Mann
Woody Mann began his guitar career as a youngster at the feet of the legendary Rev. Gary Davis. Mann complemented the tutelage of Rev. Davis with formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. He also studied with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano, who introduced him to jazz. Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career, which ranges from playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, accompanying songwriter Dory Previn, and teaching guitar to legendary recording artist Paul Simon. He has recorded extensively and performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. He has also taught numerous workshops and schooled countless guitarists through his acclaimed books and DVDs including the series The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar, The Complete Robert Johnson, The Blues Fakebook, and the recently published Lisboa -- the Guitar Of Woody Mann, a collection of his original compositions. www.woodymann.comAnchor