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Bill Kirchen’s Roots

Level 2/3

Bill’s playing is rooted in honky-tonk, rock ’n’ roll and Texas blues. In this course we’ll learn key concepts and licks in these genres, and open a tool box for soloing and rhythm comping in a wide variety of styles. Blues licks comfortably slip into a country song, folky hammer-ons morph into funky rhythm licks.

We’ll learn how to easily move between major and minor forms, and how to find your way up and down the neck using what you already know . We will also make sure you leave with a grab bag of new licks that can find a home in any genre: some low-end twang, slippery steel guitar bends, some slack-jawed rock ’n’ roll and a little chicken pickin’ on the side. Plus you’ll get some stories, tips and tricks from a guy who loves his job and has had the great fortune to play with the best of the best.

  • 08/21/20 — 08/24/20
  • Bill Kirchen’s Roots
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Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods: Electric Guitar

Level 1/2

This workshop will focus on the role of a guitar player in a small group or as a soloist playing both lead and rhythm. We will explore guitar styles that have been utilized by Bill playing with Commander Cody, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Gene Vincent, Emmylou Harris and his own group, Too Much Fun. We’ll cover twang and where to find it, swing and Western swing, a little bit of chicken pickin’ as heard on my Grammy nominated instrumental “Poultry in Motion”, and good old rock n roll. Bonus: learn the lick from “Hot Rod Lincoln”!

About Bill Kirchen

Bill Kirchen Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen first gained national recognition as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His trademark guitar lick drove their Hot Rod Lincoln cut into the Top Ten in 1972. He has released a dozen CDs on his own, and recorded and/or played guitar live with a who’s who of Americana, Blues and Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, among them Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Hazel Dickens, Doug Sahm, Hoyt Axton, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

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