RECORD & GO: BLUES BASS APPROACHES & STYLES

Rob Thaxton (Bassist for Noah Wotherspoon)

This workshop will include an overview of the different bass guitar approaches to various styles and forms including shuffles, slow blues, rhumba and funk, plus a demonstration of “grooving” with the drummer for a tight rhythm section. 

A discussion of scales, chords and common time signatures found in blues will also be included in this A-Z beginner to intermediate bass guitar workshop. 

What to Bring: A small recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

Workshop Leader: Rob Thaxton (Bassist for Noah Wotherspoon)

Co-Leader: Brian Aylor (drummer for Noah Wotherspoon)

Start Time: 10 -11 AM (60 minutes)

Ages: Teenagers & Adults

Min Enrollment: 1

Max Enrollment: 8

Location: Room 1117 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by Robin & Kasey Vasicek

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BUILDING STAGE CONFIDENCE

Tullie Brae (Philadelphia, MS)

This workshop is for anyone with an interest in performing on stage, whether as a musician or other art form. Participants will have an opportunity to read or sing out loud and receive coaching and confidence boosters for coping with stage fright, optimizing stage presence, voice control and connecting with your audience. 

What to Bring: A monologue or song to read/sing.

Workshop Leader: Tullie Brae (Philadelphia, MS)

Start Time: 10-10:45 AM (45 minutes)

Ages: Teenagers & Adults

Min Enrollment: 1

Max Enrollment: 10 

Location: Room 1113 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by Kathryn Chandler


MASTER CLASS: HARMONICA 12-BAR BLUES & LEE OSKAR QUICK GUIDE TIPS

Brandon Santini (Memphis, TN) and Randy McQuay (Wilmington, NC) 

This double header workshop will include a brief history of blues harmonica and a demonstration of how Fest fave, Brandon Santini, has interpreted and utilized the styles of other players to develop his own sound. Participants will be introduced to basic playing positions and how to navigate the 12 bar blues format before moving on to Lee Oskar Quick Guide tips facilitated by Randy McQuay, who will demonstrate techniques for pairing harmonica with acoustic guitar. 

At the end of the workshop, each participant will receive the Lee Oskar Quick Guide—a booklet with tunings, chord diagrams and scales and also a link for pre-recorded video lessons for at-home study. 

What to Bring: Harmonicas in the key of A & C and/or an interest in playing or learning to play harmonica. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

Workshop Leaders: Brandon Santini (Memphis, TN) & Randy McQuay (Wilmington, NC)

Start Time: 11:15 AM-1 PM (105 minutes)

Ages: Teenagers & Adults

Min Enrollment: 2

Max Enrollment: 10

Location: Room 1113 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $25/person in advance | $30/per person at the door

Co-Underwritten by Kevin & Penny Crosson and Riley Geological | Mudlogging Specialists 


MASTER CLASS: GUITAR IMPROVISATION & PHRASING

Noah Wotherspoon (Cincinnati, OH)

Deep dive into a study of improvisation, phrasing and the use of dynamics when soloing. Workshop leaders will break down the architecture of a blues guitar solo and analyze the elements the masters like B.B. King and Otis Rush used to communicate so effectively with their guitars and connect with their audiences. A discussion on incorporating peaks and valleys into your solos and what techniques and approaches can best help you tell a story with your guitar will be covered in this advanced workshop. 

What to Bring: An electric guitar and small amp, along with intermediate to advanced experience with electric guitar. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

Workshop Leader: Noah Wotherspoon (Cincinnati, OH)

Co-Leaders: Rob Thaxton (bassist) & Brian Aylor (drummer)

Start Time: 11:30 AM–12:30 PM (60 minutes) 

Ages: Teenagers & Adults 

Min Enrollment: 1 

Max Enrollment: 6 

Location: Room 1117 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by D. Craig Smith


ONE-MAN BAND TECHNIQUES

Ben Prestage

Ben Prestage (Verlo Beach, FL)

Learn the secret to playing three instruments at once without the use of loop pedals, drum triggers or other electronics. Whether you are a non-musician who is simply curious about one-man-bands or a seasoned professional musician, you will walk away from this workshop with new knowledge and a better understanding of both the simplicity and complexity of making music as a one-man-band. 

The workshop will start with a basic introduction to blues with live performance examples of the different playing styles then break down each instrument's role in the song. Piece by piece, the individual parts will get put back together to ultimately see how it is possible for one person to sound like three! 

What to Bring: No instruments needed, but guitars, harmonicas foot-drums, diddley bows and cigar-box guitars are welcome. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review. 

Workshop Leader: Ben Prestage (Verlo Beach, FL)

Co-Leader: Johnny “Debt” Prestage 

Start Time: 1:30-2:30 PM (60 minutes) 

Ages: Adults 

Min Enrollment: 1 

Max Enrollment: 8 

Location: Room 1117 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by Bill, Susan & Pancho Blair Armstrong


IMPROVISATION MELODY WORKSHOP

JimTrimmier (Austin, TX)

Led by professional musician of 50+years, this sax player for Rochelle & the Sidewinders has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and will teach participants, whether they play guitar, keys or a horn, how to get inside the melody and find the “pretty notes” to play with forward motion. Improvisation is often seen as mysterious, when in fact it is a very natural way of making music. With the use of some music theory as a foundation, Trimmier will teach participants how to listen for and “pull the melodies out of thin air”. 

What to Bring: An instrument/small amp (if necessary) and an ability to play a major scale. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

Workshop Leader: Jim Trimmier (Sax Player for Rochelle & the Sidewinders) 

Start Time: 2-3:30 PM (90 minutes) 

Ages: Teenagers & Adults 

Min Enrollment: 2 

Max Enrollment: 8 

Location: Room 1113 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by The King Cave Men's Salon and Barber Shop  


SLIDE GUITAR TIPS & TRICKS

Voo Davis (Chicago, IL)

This quick tips and tricks workshop takes the intimidation factor out of learning to play slide guitar and will give participants at any level of playing a quick path to getting the tones associated with slide guitar. For beginners, this workshop will breakdown the fretboard and teach participants to play slide by using open tuning chord structures and more advanced players will also pick up some tips with single note phrasing techniques. 

What to Bring: An acoustic or electric guitar. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review. 

Workshop Leader: Voo Davis (Chicago, IL) 

Start Time: 3-4 PM (60 minutes) 

Ages: Teenagers & Adults 

Min Enrollment: 1 

Max Enrollment: 10 

Location: Room 1117 (Doubletree North Tower) 

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

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MASTER CLASS: FROM DELTA TO ELECTRIC BLUES GUITAR

Guy King (Chicago, IL)

This interactive workshop will be conducted in a call-and-response format where participants will have the opportunity to learn techniques and styles that demonstrate the evolution of blues guitar over the last century as the guitar evolved from being primarily an accompaniment of rhythm to being a lead instrument in a band environment. 

This hands-on workshop will start out by covering bass lines, chords and single note embellishments in the styles of Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Elmore Jones, and progress through to making the guitar a lead instrument, bending notes, vibrato and emulating the human voice starting with T. Bone Walker and then hailing to Kings: B.B. & Albert. 

What to Bring: An acoustic or electric guitar and small amp, along with intermediate to advanced experience. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review. 

Workshop Leader: Guy King (Chicago, IL) 

Start Time: 4 PM-5:15 PM (75 minutes) 

Ages: Teenagers & Adults 

Min Enrollment: 1 

Max Enrollment: 6 

Location: Room 1113 (Doubletree North Tower) 

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Co-Underwritten by Randall & Gwen Anderson and Gary & Debbie Elander 


RECORD & GO: DRUM WORKSHOP

 Billy Dean (Drummer for Victor Wainwright)

In this performance/lecture style workshop, leaders will facilitate a creative discussion by example showing drummers and those interested in playing drums how to contribute more to the dynamics of the band, create excitement and be more than just “in the background”. 

What to Bring: A small recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad, along with a basic working knowledge of drumming.

Workshop Leader: Billy Dean (Drummer for Victor Wainwright)

Co-Leaders: Pat Harrington (Guitarist) & Terrence Grayson (Bassist) 

Start Time: 4:30-5:30 PM (60 minutes) 

Ages: Teenagers & Adults 

Min Enrollment: 1 

Max Enrollment: 10 

Location: Room 1117 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by Community National Bank


BAND BUSINESS: HOW TO RUN YOUR BAND LIKE A BUSINESS AND ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY

 Jeff Jensen (Memphis,TN)

This workshop is designed for every musician; from the band that is already touring to the musician that hopes to achieve world domination one day. This workshop will cover the different aspects of business and tasks that must be kept up with such as accounting, merchandise inventory, vehicle maintenance, recording funds, promotion and more. 

Also included is an in depth talk about tour budgeting, hiring musicians, fair compensation, building a ‘brand’ and most importantly: goal setting. This is a great workshop for teens or adults that are either are already playing music professionally and touring or are considering touring. 

What to Bring: Pen and notepad for notetaking or iPad.

Workshop Leader: Jeff Jensen (Memphis, TN) 

Start Time: 6-7:30 PM (90 minutes) 

Ages: Teenagers & Adults 

Min Enrollment: 1 

Max Enrollment: 10 

Location: Room 1113 (Doubletree North Tower)

Cost: $15/person in advance | $20/per person at the door

Underwritten by Brian & Laine Miller

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