Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Announces Instructional Clinics and Workshops

September 28, 2010


INSTRUCTIONAL CLINICS & WORKSHOPS at the WOODSTOCK INVITATIONAL LUTHIERS SHOWCASE, OCT. 23 & 24, 2010, at Bearsville Theater, Utopia Soundstage & The Bear Café, Woodstock, New York, 12498:

Saturday, October 23
10:00 – 11:30 AM - VICKI GENFAN:  “3D Acoustic Guitar: Rhythmic & Percussive Techniques”
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – MARIA ZEMANTAUSKI: “Flamenco Techniques”
1:30 – 3:00 PM - PAUL ASBELL:  “Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop”

Sunday, October 24
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – VIC JUSRIS: “Jazz Guitar Workshop”
1:00 – 2:30 PM – KINLOCH NELSON: "Arranging Songs For Solo Guitar, Some Fingerboard Mapping & A Little Theory"
Clinics cost $35 each, cash only please. Limited space, advance reservations recommended. Reservations may be made by email to info@woodstockinvitational.com, please put “Clinic Reservation” in the Subject line, and include which Clinic(s) you wish to attend, your name, email address, and telephone number. Participants should bring their own instruments, tuners, capos, any permitted recording devices, etc.
All Clinics will be held at The Bear Café, 295 Tinker Street (Route 212), Bearsville, NY 12498, www.bearcafe.com, right next door to the Bearsville Theater.

Paul Asbell:
Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis, Dave van Ronk, and others. Topics covered will include right hand fundamentals, such as alternate-bass technique, Delta-style drones, palm muting, and exercises to create effortless dexterity, syncopations and strong grooves. Left-hand issues range from basic chord concepts to sophisticated jazz and ragtime chord substitutions, moving bass lines, "guide tones", etc, w/ emphasis on creating your own licks, turnarounds and variations within the style. All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Tablature spoken here, but this will not be just a "lecture"- plenty of foot-stompin' music will be played, and participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop!

Paul has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, his former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others. He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul’s acoustic CD’s have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, and Downbeat.
Vicki Genfan:
Based on Vicki’s new instructional DVD, 3D Acoustic Guitar, this workshop is an introduction to the techniques that have become Vicki’s signature sounds – harmonic tapping, thumb slapping and body percussion (the guitar’s body - not yours!). Breaking things down into small, bite-sized pieces, you’ll get an opportunity to see, hear and try for yourself many new approaches to making sound on the guitar and you’ll get plenty of exercises to help you practice them and make them your own! Preview the DVD ahead of time to get a jump start at: www.vickigenfan.com . Bring a tuner!!
Selected as Guitar Player magazine’s ‘Guitar Superstar’ for 2008, Vicki Genfan defies categorization. A unique and fiercely original musical talent, she has been called the ‘Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar’. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki has a distinctive style that includes fret-tapping and percussive techniques that is pushing the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre. Having become an international phenomena, Vicki is lighting up stages in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Canada and the Czech Republic as well as the US playing venues as diverse as the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open String Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival and Festival Across Styles in the Czech Republic. She has four CDs to her credit and just released her first instructional DVD, 3D Acoustic Guitar. In 2009, Luna Guitars unveiled the Vicki Genfan Signature Model guitar by luthier Gray Burchette and she toured the US and Czech Republic with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson & Jeff Beck guitarist). Vicki has enjoyed teaching privately and in groups for over 20 years and brings her warmth, humor and inspiration to all who have experienced her many workshops, clinics and classes. And.... she’s thrilled to be back at The Woodstock Invitational for their second season! “If I could play like Vicki, I would stay home and entertain myself” – Steve Vai.

Vic Juris:
Vic will be discussing and demonstrating the art of solo guitar performance as well as his single note improvisational approach. Students are encouraged to bring their guitars. Vic will also discuss some of his compositions on his latest Steeplechase CD, "Omega is the Alpha.......
From the wilds of Manhattan to the shores of Japan and Germany, jazz guitarist Vic Juris has covered an impressive range of territory, musically as well as geographically, with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Chico Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, Mel Torme, Eddie Jefferson and Nancy Wilson. Vic's highly developed sense of composition, his skill at fusing traditional jazz guitar with other forms of expression, has made him an eloquent and popular conversationalist. Eagerly sought out by his fellow musicians, he has provided accompaniment for myriad recordings. Vic has been a member of the David Liebman group since 1991. He was a member of the Gary Peacock Quartet and musical director of the Charles Mingus Guitar Quintet. Vic has performed at George Wein's J.V.C. Festival, in duets with John Abercrombie and Russell Malone. He performs with Jeremy Steig, James Moody, Charlie Mariano to name a few. As a leader, Vic has released over a dozen albums on Muse, SteepleChase, and Mel Bay Records.
Vic Juris also is a leading jazz educator. He has written two books published by Mel Bay, "Vic Juris Inside/Outside: Original Play-Along Modern Jazz Guitar Solos" and "Modern Chords: Advanced Harmony for Guitar". He currently teaches at The New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, and Lehigh University. He has conducted clinics throughout the US and Europe.
Kinloch Nelson:
The concept is simple enough: melody + chords = song.  Making the result musical is maybe another subject entirely, but we can at least analyze the necessary components and frame them within the constructs of the guitar fingerboard. Playing techniques and ways to make it easy will be emphasized.  Some of what we will look at may include:
1. Choosing a song that works on the guitar. 
2. Points of Reference: fretboard markers, the octave grid, open strings.  Scale layouts both across and along the fingerboard.
3. Horizontal & Vertical: the linear aspects of fingering in melody and chord motion.  
4. Chord components and their relationship to scales. 
5. Strategies for what key to play in.  Keeping the melody on top of the chord.  Starting it simple, building from there.
6. Using the five shapes and the octave grid as framework for simplifying chords and framing melodies. 

Players of any level are welcome. Cheers...K Nelson
Kinloch Nelson's 40-year career has run the gamut from solo classical and folk concerts in coffeehouses and folk festivals, to club dates with jazz, country, rockabilly, rock, and rhythm & blues bands.  A composer and recording artist, Nelson can be heard on Heartland Records, BKNjr Records, Hodgepodge Music, Echotone Records, Riva Records, and Sampler Records. Nelson studied classical guitar privately with Stanley Watson in Rochester NY, jazz guitar with Gene Bertoncini at Eastman School of Music and music theory at the University of Rochester. In 1973 Nelson began teaching both privately and at The Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY where he was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Other teaching activities have included workshops at the University of Rochester, S.U.N.Y. at Oswego and summer residencies at Maryland Summer Center For The Arts, and workshops at music festivals.
Nelson has appeared in concert at The Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts; Washington DC's Glen Echo Dance Theater; Maryland Center for the Arts in Baltimore; National Association of Music Manufacturers in Nashville & in Los Angeles; Art Park Buffalo, NY; Time/Warner Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY; Owen Sound Folk Festival; Akron Folk Festival; Golden Linkís Turtle Hill Folk Festival; North American Folk Alliance; Fretted Instrument Guild of America; and appearances in Peru, Canada and Ireland.
Nelson is also the author of a book, “Alternate Guitar Tunings”. Currently Nelson teaches privately, conducts guitar workshops and maintains a performance schedule.
Maria Zemantauski:
The characteristic sounds of flamenco guitar music are created by an array of techniques performed by the strumming hand.  Among these techniques are:  rasqueado, picado, arpeggio, tremolo and alzapua.  In this workshop, students are introduced to these techniques and are also introduced to the concept of compas (rhythmic structure) of such flamenco dance forms as the farruca, alegrias, soleares and bulerias.
This is a beginning level workshop designed for guitarists who are curious about flamenco.  Perfect for classical guitarists, players of all styles are encouraged to participate.  A working knowledge of basic first position chords and the ability to move easily through basic chord progressions is recommended.  A nylon string guitar is essential for the proper application of flamenco playing techniques.  However, this requirement is being waived during the Woodstock Invitational so that everyone who wishes to participate can do so.  A limited number of nylon-string guitars will be available for use by participants, free of charge; please reserve in advance.
Disclaimer: Steel string players will quickly realize the benefits of playing a nylon string instrument when discovering flamenco!
Maria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers.  She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim.  Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse (1997), Seeing Red (2000) and Under the Lemon Tree (2005), have received stellar reviews from Flamenco Connection, Dirty Linen and music critics around the world.  Maria's programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. While she believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless, she feels that the indigenous voice of her instrument is found within the flamenco art form. She has claimed this genre of music as her own with passion, confidence and grace.  “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it." (Metroland)  She maintains an active career as a teacher, lecturer and a performer––as a soloist, with her global music ensemble "Alegria" and as a frequent guest artist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet.

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