EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 PM CST
Tennessee Songwriters Association presents a Songwriters’ Guitar Workshop
There are many ways you can make your songs more musically defined, even with limited guitar skills. We’ll look at the key musical elements that take you beyond simple “cowboy strumming”: rhythm and groove, creating signature parts, and how to use the guitar as a songwriting tool. Bring your guitar, volunteers will be encouraged!
The Guitar Circle – a small group class for strummers.
The only way to really learn to play is to play! This is a song-based class for basic strummers, and it doesn’t matter whether you know all your chords or how long you’ve played guitar….everyone can benefit from playing simple songs in a group setting. Next class will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-8 PM, April 27 through June 1. Registration is open, email me!
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Now booking workshops, clinics, and performances for 2016-17 here in Nashville and around the country. Scroll down this page for a partial list of classes, and contact Dave if you have any questions.
Clinics & workshop topics
This a sampling of the courses and workshops I offer…please feel free to request other topics.
Effortless Musicianship: the Tao of Guitar
Like a great athlete, a great instrumentalist makes what they do look effortless. Athletes learn to use their bodies efficiently and maximize their ability to perform, and we can do the same in our approach the guitar. Utilizing the natural design of the body and basic principles of physics – simple machines, leverage, and force – can eliminate technical blocks, maximize dynamic range and tone,and make your playing more efficient and fluid.
The Drummer In Your Right Hand: an acoustic rhythm workshop
An acoustic guitarist needs to be a great accompanist, and that means understanding how to drive a groove. Since the acoustic guitar is really a percussion instrument that can play notes and chords, approaching the guitar the way a drummer approaches a drum set can really bring your rhythm playing to life. If you’re a songwriter, creating great grooves can be a source of inspiration in your writing. If you’re a player, being a great accompanist will make you in great demand as a side player.
The Music In Your Head: how to communicate what you hear.
Sometimes getting to the sounds you want to hear are a matter of understanding how musicians think. This workshop will help songwriters with limited musical ability develop the vocabulary and skills to articulate your ideas to cowriters, producers, and players.
Harmonic Astronomy: how and why chords work together
You don’t need to know music theory in depth to learn more about how chords fit together. It’s easy to go beyond the basics when you understand the simple underlying concepts that theory is meant to explain. We’ll also look at how to use the Nashville Number System to help train your ear and expand your chordal vocabulary.
The Nashville Number System
The Nashville Number System is a very efficient and easy-to-understand way to communicate a song to musicians, and is essential to know if you want to keep up on a Nashville stage or session. Using fundamentals of simple music theory to substitute numbers for chord names, the NNS expresses on paper the relationships BETWEEN chords that all good musicians hear and react to when they play.
Great Lead Guitar: more than flying fingers!
A great guitarist is more than a hot-shot gunslinger. Playing great lead guitar in a band means that you know how to step into the spotlight, make a bold statement, and seamlessly melt back into the group. That means that besides chops and attitude you need great ears, great tone, and the musical smarts to know when to wail and when to lay back.This is a hands-on workshop in which everyone will get to play while learning to play well together.
Don’t Call It A “Cheater”: everything you ever needed to know about using a capo.
Not only does a capo allow you to easily find the right vocal key for your song, it also opens up the entire neck and a new set of sonic possibilities. We’ll explore how a basic knowledge of music theory and the Nashville Number System plus a handful of chord forms allows you to play in any key in multiple positions. We’ll also look at how to use the capo to help create signature instrumental parts that help define the identity of your song.
Watch video: The Drummer In Your Right Hand