Day 1 Topics: Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:am Start: Set up and warm up optional, but recommended. Warming up wakes up both your mind and body and prepares students for the heaps of information.
11:00am Fingerpicking Engine and Rhythm: Tuning the group with the language of the picking hand with fingerstyle patterns. Learn the value of rhythm with in-depth exploration of basic- advanced rhythms.
12:00pm Form a Group and Name That Tune: Given a pre-selected key and tempo, you'll create a tune using fingerpicking and rhythm techniques with your assigned group. You'll be challenged to pick a leader, select a tune (instrumental or with lyrics), designate player parts, and how to pull off a tight performance in the group competition on Day 2
2:00pm Beat the Blues: Learn to adapt the 6th, 7th, and 9th chords, plus the mysterious 13th chord from the jazz world into an exciting format of a 12-bar blues/jazz exercise in G.
3:00pm Open Tuning Exploration and Slide: Exploration of Open C Tuning with the addition of the use of the slide. You'll practice the basics of slide guitar, learn how to properly hold and use a slide while fingerpicking simple chords plus fret navigation.
Bonus: Free entry for GillaCampers to an evening concert with Richard Gilewitz. Light appetizers included.
Day 2 Topics: Sunday, February 26, 2017
10:00am Start: Set up and warm up optional, but recommended. Warming up wakes up both your mind and body and prepares students for the heaps of information.
11:00am Music Theory: Introduction to the Gilewitz take on theory will open up the doors to composition, how to break the rules now that you know them, and why theory is not scary; plus how to apply theory to other stringed instruments, such as the ukulele, banjo, banjitar, or mandolin.
12:00pm Dip into the Classics: "Study in A" in Standard Tuning by Matteo Carcassi, an 18th century Italian composer. Explore the art of anchor and guide fingers for smooth transfers from chord to chord.
1:00pm Break for lunch
2:00pm Adding to Your Repertoire: "Sunflower River Blues" in Open C by John Fahey. Learn to play the grace note, the bend, the bend and release, and rasqueado strum.
3:00pm: There's a New Band in Town: It's show time! Now is the time to pull your group together and perform in front of your peers. Show off your chops, your arrangement, and compete for the top band prize.
Bonus Farewell Dinner: Join your fellow students for a farewell dinner at one of our local restraurants and recapture the weekend experience. Dessert and campfire at the Gilewitz residence.