DEADSTRING TRAD GUITAR IMMERSION DAY 2018 • CAMBRIDGE, MA

The third annual Deadstring Trad Guitar Immersion Day will happen on Saturday May 19, 2018 and will be hosted by the Passim School of Music in Harvard Square.

Attention guitarists: join Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton for a full day of guitar immersion in beautiful Cambridge, Massachusetts. Students will choose from 7 different class options and three different guitar tunings–-Standard, Dropped-D & DADGAD--as well as being treated to an acoustic concert from the hosts. The goal of this experience is to move you closer to a complete understanding of the accompaniment of traditional fiddle music through immersion in specific fingerboard knowledge, as well as drills and exercises to broaden the scope of your acoustic guitar playing. Students of all levels are welcome and there will be a small group of 15 slots available. Class offerings include:
• chord vocabulary
• chord drills
• strumming techniques
• flatpicking trad music
• explanation of the modes
• accompaniment masterclass


Date:
SATURDAY MAY 19th, 2018
arrival 9:30am
classes meet from 10am - 4pm
Instructor Concert 5pm

Cost:
$120 ($100 for Passim members)

Registration info:

https://www.passim.org/school-of-music/classes-workshops/deadstring-trad-guitar-immersion-day/

for more information, please email Flynn

SCHEDULE 

9:30am 

ARRIVAL 

10am 

–Standard Tuning Backing (Matt) 

–Advanced Dropped-D Chords (Flynn) 

11am 

–Right Hand Techniques (Matt) 

–Trad Theory (Flynn) 

12pm 

LUNCH 

1pm 

–DADGAD (Flynn & Matt) 

2pm 

–Flatpicking (Flynn & Matt) 

3pm 

–Masterclass (Flynn & Matt) 

4pm 

BREAK 

5pm 

–Concert (Flynn & Matt)

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

MATT’s CLASSES 

Right Hand Techniques: 

Supercharge your right hand with an overview and exercises for: Irish style rhythm guitar, hybrid picking, finger style and thumb picking. 

Standard Tuning Backing: 

Find chords and voicings to make your standard tuned guitar sound more “Irish”. Or even “Celtic”. 

FLYNN’s CLASSES 

Trad Theory: 

Seminar on understanding the role of the modes in Irish music and the chords that go with them. Bring all the questions you’ve ever had and they will be answered! 

Advanced Dropped-D Chords: 

Learn more exciting chord voicings all over the fingerboard–some of which can do double-duty in Standard and some in DADGAD. 

FLYNN & MATT’s joint classes 

DADGAD EXPLORATIONS 

We will learn a Bothy Band chord progression for a tune that modulates between B minor and D major; and we will also explore the textural possibilities of song accompaniment with DADGAD, including fingerstyle techniques. 

FLATPCIKING IRISH TRAD MUSIC 

We will discuss pick gauge, right-hand technique, left-hand efficiency, tone, and ornamentation, and learn some exercises to develop the necessary skills to flatpick Irish trad (as well as other types of fiddle tunes) on the acoustic guitar.

 

INSTRUCTORS

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FLYNN COHEN
Flynn is a long-time guitar sideman to Irish accordion legend John Whelan. He also tours around the country with American folk band Low Lily and is presently writing a book on Dropped-D guitar playing.
MATT HEATON
Matthew performs with his wife Shannon Heaton in their world renowned and critically acclaimed flute-guitar duo. Has also performed with Boys of the Lough, Aoife Clancy, and other trad music legends.