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27th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend

November 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend! Over a quarter-decade of this popular event has been satisfying appetites of bluegrass musicians and fans from all over MN, the U.S., and Canada, who come to listen to and learn with the nation’s best bluegrass players and instructors. Three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert by our featured group make for a pickin’ weekend in a relaxed setting—a great opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends. This year’s featured instrument is the banjo and the featured performer and instructor is Kristin Scott Benson (of the Grascals).

Weekend Schedule
Saturday workshops | $7/each, $30/full day. Register at the event only. No participant limit. All levels included, beginner through advanced.

Saturday Concert at 8 pm | $20 – general seating. Tickets for sale at the event, in Lutsen Resort lobby all day Friday and Saturday and at ballroom door starting 7 pm on Saturday.

Saturday Workshops

9-9:30 am | The Basics

  • Posture
  • Picks
  • Tuning
  • Right and left-handed default positions

9:30 – 10:15 am | Basic Right-Hand Techniques

  • The alternating thumb roll
  • The forward-backward roll
  • Proper right-hand techniques:
    • Pick direction
    • Volume
    • Timing
    • Tone
    • Efficiency

10:15 – 11 am | Basic Left-Hand Techniques

  • Chord exercise with rolls from above
  • Slides
  • Hammer-on’s
  • Pull-off’s
  • Phrase with all 3 techniques

11 am – Noon | The Chord Scale

  • Inversion 1
  • Inversion 2
  • Inversion 3
  • Pinching each inversion
  • Rolling exercise for each inversion
  • Transporting the chord scale to different keys

Noon-1:30 pm | Lunch break

1:30-2:45 pm | The Chord Scale – Improvising and Composing 

  • Adding chords to rolling solos
  • Playing chord melodies
  • Using the chord scale to compose original songs

2:45 – 3 pm | Break

3 – 4 pm | Emphasizing Vocal Melody in Solos

  • The banjo as a lyrical instrument
  • Using existing vocabulary to create solos, based on the melody
  • Examples of melody-driven solos

4 – 5 pm | Backup

  • The role of the banjo in backup
  • Different types of backup
    • Low-rolling
    • Vamping/chopping
    • Up-the-neck
  • Umbrella strategies to create backup
    • Layer 1
    • Layer 2
    • Layer 3
  • Strategies applied

For more information, please visit the North Shore Music Association’s website.

Details

Start:
November 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End:
November 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Organizer

North Shore Music Association
Phone:
218.387.1272
Website:
http://www.northshoremusicassociation.com/bluegrass.php

Venue

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
5700 West Minnesota 61
Lutsen, MN 55612 United States
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Phone:
218.663.7212

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