Fingerstyle Accompaniment (3-4) - Learn different songs and patterns including Paul Simon's polyrhythmic accompaniment on "Scarborough Fair." We'll also explore some some easy fills that sound cool and professional, as well as bass runs and chord voicings.
Easy Fingerstyle (2-3) - You can make your playing sound smoother and more professional, even if you are just a beginner! We will learn several simplified solos including the Peanuts theme. This individualized workshop will cover hand technique in the context of learning new music.
Beginning Upright Bass (1-2) - Our topics will include finding the notes on the instrument, getting a good sound with minimum stress, keeping steady time, playing in tune, and playing appropriately (while having fun!) in a variety of musical settings.
Blues Bass (2-3) - We’ll study the role of the bass in the blues, starting with basic 12- and 8-bar forms and working toward more complex chord progressions. Special attention will be given to improvised walking bass lines, riff patterns, and syncopation.
Introduction to the Flatpick (2) - Learn how to hold a flatpick and play the basic "boom-chuck" of fiddle backup and country music. Also learn some bass runs for the chordally literate. No bar chords allowed! There is life beyond "oom" and "pah" backing up fiddle tunes.
Traditional American Fiddle Tune Backup (2-3) - In this class we will learn to accompany traditional American fiddle tunes. We will pay special attention to how to make the music compellng for dancing, and we will discover ways to treat reels, jigs, marches, and waltzes. Expect to do a lot of playing in this class.
Basic Bare-Hands Guitar: Beginning the Journey (1) - Learn how to accompany over 100 songs by ear with only 3 chords and a few strums, how to handle the guitar to minimize risk of repetitive motion injury, and how to get the most from practice time.
Fingerpicking Solos (2-3) - This is an introduction to alternating bass melodic fingerstyle. We'll learn basic principles of arranging, and then arrange and play simple tunes during class. As a prerequisite, basic chords & finger patterns should already be very easy.
Old-time String Band (2-4) - Lots of playing - all instruments welcome! We'll learn a bunch of tunes (mostly drawn from the Southern tradition), and in the process, explore band dynamics, rhythm playing, playing for dances, and instrumental technique. This is a fun way to expand your repetoire and learn to play in a group.
Introduction To Improvising (2-4) - This is "How to Take a Break Without Worrying About Hitting a Wrong Note," a safe and easy way to get started improvising. We'll work with simple five note scales and patterns that you can use with blues, folk, or rock, up and down the neck and in any key. Both finger- and flatpickers welcome.
Beginning Blues (3) - We’ll solve the mystery of how to drive a song with your thumb playing bass lines while your fingers are bending and snapping blues melody notes. It's fun and creative, and the technique can be applied to many different kinds of music.
Intermediate Blues (4) - This class is for those who already know some basic fingerpicking. We'll see how tunes like "Big Road Blues," "Mississippi Blues," "Hesitation Blues," and "Chumpman Blues" work. Then we'll play them and have some fun doing it.
Sing Your Heart (1-4) - This is a vocal class for all who want to breathe deeply, resonate vibrantly, and sing passionately. We'll cover the basics of vocal technique and sing a variety of a cappella music.
Stagecraft (2-4) - Scared stiff, or shy when it comes to sharing your music? Feel like screaming and running from the stage? Learn how to use your fear, feel comfortable on stage, and make that powerful connection!
Drop D (2-4) - Come explore DADGBE. It's a great tuning for playing lead or accompaniment, backing a song, playing complex arrangements and mystifying your guitar buddies. Even that aptly-named "F" chord is easier and doesn't need a full barre.We'll look at Irish, American, even Hawai'ian and blues styles in this tuning.
Beginning Fingerpicking (2) - Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, "If God hadn't meant us to fingerpick, she wouldn't have given us fingers." We'll take a look at different approaches to fingerstyle playing. If you feel like you're all thumbs, bring them along and be welcome.
Songwriting (1-4) - This is the class for those who have never worked with Bob before, regardless of skill level or experience. After an initial lecture, each student is briefly interviewed and given a songwriting assignment which forms the basis for the week's work. It's Outward Bound for songwriters--scary at first, but safe.
Songwriting for (Franke) veterans (2-4) - This is a class reserved for folks who have worked with Bob previously. The class features new techniques, readings, and discussions, as well as more songs, but the same concern for growth in the safety of a respectful group.
Party Guitar (1-4) - Learn an assortment of popular songs, rocket-powered rhythms, power chords, and head-turning lyrics. Lose the ten-pound fake books, bewildering key changes, and terrifying expeditions above the 5th fret, and enjoy a week of musical mirth and zanyness. Other instruments welcome. PhD recommended.
Swing Lead (4) - Interested in soloing over swing tunes? Learn how to hear a solo in your head before playing it, how to phrase a solo like you would a conversation, how to figure out which notes to use and in what order, what to do with the notes you don't use, when to apply theory, and when not to. All instruments welcome.
Beginning Finger-Flatpicking (3) - You can learn to play fiddle tunes and melodies from the Southeastern U.S. using either a flatpick or Wayne's "pinch" style of fingerpicking. Wayne will go over it (and over it, and over it, and over it) until you get it.
Advanced Finger-Flatpicking (4) - This class will learn more complex Southeastern single-note fiddle tunes and melodies played with either a flat pick or with Wayne's "pinch" style of fingerpicking. Yes, Wayne will go over it and over it, as long as you'd like. Really!
Beyond I-IV-V (3-4) - Learn how to give a melody good harmonic and rhythmic support. We'll cover chord inversions, substitutions, and harmonic and rhythmic surprises with examples from various styles and plenty of written material with tab.
Multi-part Vocal Harmony (3-4) - Sing 3-, 4-, 5-, and even 6(!)- part vocal arrangements in a variety of styles: jazz, r&b, gospel, and ethnic fusion. We'll also discuss techniques of vocal arranging. Class arrangements will be written out, but there will be a special emphasis on learning to hear your part in the context of chords.
Appalachian Clogging (1-4) - Get in the percussive groove of old-time music with some hot flatfooting. This class introduces the basics of flatfoot clogging, creating possibilites for your own freestyling. Classes can be as aerobic as you want them to be, and will include combinations of steps and a short routine. Come and dance!
Beginning Clawhammer Banjo (1-2) - We'll cover the most important aspects of beginning old-time banjo playing, namely: How do I tune this? and Can I relax my hand? You'll take a couple of tunes home with you, working on the old fifth string, drop thumb, and the basics of fretting.
Brazilian Guitar (3) - Learn how to play the rhythmic patterns of samba and bossa nova by using Brazilian tunes in their original version. Focus on several well-known tunes by A.C. Jobim, Ary Barroso, and Baden Powell. The emphasis in this class is on rhythmic patterns.
Brazilian Guitar (4) - Learn the foundation of playing and arranging in the Brazilian style, using your own ideas, by working with samba and bossa nova tunes in their original version, and analyzing passages of arrangements by renowned Brazilian guitarists. The emphasis in this class is on arrangement.
Klezmer Repertoire (1-4) - Style and substance will be taught through typical dance and meditative pieces. The music will be taught by ear. All instruments are welcome. Depending on class make-up, accompaniment techniques may also be covered.
Dobro Slide Guitar (1-2) - This introduces the way the guitar was meant to be played, on the lap, fretted with a piece of metal. A steel-string guitar, finger picks, and fretting bar are needed for participation. (A "nut raiser" is also recommended.) The basic techniques will be taught through standard Dobro tunes in several styles.
Introduction to Swing Rhythm (3) - Learn closed-position chord forms as played in the swing idiom. Swing rhythm styles and tunes will be used to explore these progressions, but the basic concepts can be applied to other styles as well. Finger-style and flat-pickers alike are welcome. Some theory, but mostly playing.
Swing Accompaniment (3-4) - In a swing jam with three other guitar players, what can you do that adds to the event without crowding? We'll address this with three-note chord forms, chords voiced higher on the neck, and some different rhythmic ideas. Maybe we will even learn to not play all the time.
Body Music (1-4) - Using the oldest instrument on the planet -- the human body (your own) -- we'll clap, slap, snap, step, and vocalize our way through some fun and funky, contemporary and traditional rhythmic music. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and come prepared to move.
Polyrhythms (1-4) - With others and within ourselves we'll explore the mental and physical polymadness of polyrhythmics. Challenging, yet fun, practice your skill of holding your part while listening to others play a counter-part, or sing one groove while stepping another. Bring drum sticks and a functioning brain.
Beginning Fiddle (1-2) - If you have ever wanted to try the fiddle, join us. We'll take the basics from tuning and bow and string adjustment, and explore how to most comfortably and effectively hold the fiddle and bow to produce pleasing, ouch-free tones. We'll work into some fun, accessible tunes that everyone can play by ear.
Tune-A-Day World Fiddle (2-3) - Every day we'll explore an intermediate-level fiddle tune from the Balkans, Greece, Romania, Mexico, etc., but all instruments are welcome, including back-up! We'll touch on Balkan rhythms and scales, and the Turkish tsiftitelli (belly-dance rhythm) made "user-friendly."
Note: Numbers in parentheses after class title are levels; e.g. "(1-2)" = easy, "(3-4)" = harder.