7th Annual Guitar Festival 2019

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Chet Atkins Room [main hall]
12-1:00 The Spin Cats
1- 1:30 tweener: Richard Brandenberg & Lucy Salcido Carter
1:30 – 2:30 Walter Strauss
2:30 – 3:00 tweener: Ruminators
3:00- 4:00 Mike Dowling
4:00- 4:30 tweener: Michael Stadler
4:30 – 6:30 Steel Guitar Summit featuring Dave Zirbel, Jon Mitgaurd, Bobby Lee, Bobby Black
6:30 – 7:30 tweener: Chimney Full of Birds (Robin Eschner & Dennis Hyson)

Evening show:
7:30 – 8:10 Kevin Russell & Some Dangerous Friends featuring Bobby Black
8:30 – 10:00pm Soul Fuse

The Doc Watson Room [music room]
12:30 – 1:45pm Michael Capella
a workshop on reading and writing simple Nashville Numbering System song charts.   I think it is particularly useful for songwriters for a few reasons:
– The song writer has to learn and understand the chord structure and timing of their song enough to accurately create the chart
– The song writer can start to see patterns they use (maybe too often) and consciously try substituting other chords to add a different sound
– The song writer can see if their verse and chorus use the same chord pattern and at consciously decide to leave it that way or choose to change something to add variety.
– It makes it easier to change keys if they want to find the best key to sing it in.
– It makes it easier for others (particularly bass players) to play along with an original song they’ve never heard

2:15 -3:30pm Tony Gagarin
Introduction to Bottleneck Slide Guitar in Open D tuning
Students will learn how to tune to Open D tuning, chords, slide techniques and tricks, glass vs metal slides, vibrato, single string runs and learn two songs Midnight Rider and Amazing Grace. Recording is allowed.

4:00 – 5:30pm
Keys to Effortless Singing
In the first of two 40-minute segments, Fran will introduce you to the basics of singing freely through the coordinated flow of support, vibration, articulation and resonation within the singing instrument:  your body.   We will work some vocal exercises together, with the intention of discovering and enjoying a somatic connection to your own voice.  This will include time for Q & A.
In the second segment, Fran will invite a few singers up to perform all or part of a song in a master-class format, where they will receive feedback and guidance. This is intended for singers who accompany themselves on guitar and are relatively comfortable singing in front of a group.  You need not be a “pro.” These classes will be held within a perfection-free zone!  

 Fran Carbonarois a local voice teacher, who has taught privately in Sonoma County for 35 years.  Fran works with both budding and seasoned singers, of all ages, in discovering, honing and saving their voices.  Over the years, Fran has appeared on stage in the county as a singer, actor and poet.  She can currently be reached through her teaching website:  setyourvoicefree.com

The Jerry Reed Room [main room]

12:15 – 1:30pm  Mike Dowling class: Swing & Slide guitar
1:45 -3:00 pm  play anything w Chris Gramp
3:00 – 4:00 pm bass walk w Chuck Ervin – LATIN BASS GROOVES Not sure how to handle the bass groove when Latin-tinged songs get called in jams or on the bandstand? This introductory workshop will get your bass lines grooving for many Afro-Cuban styles used with traditional folk, swing, and jazz music, including bossa nova, calypso, cumbia, samba, salsa, and more as time allows.

The Eldon Shamblin Room[big side room]
12:30 -1:30pm frailed guitar & more w Michael Stadler
2:00 – 3:15pm Songwriters panel w Hugh Schacklett, Richard Brandenberg, Allegra Broughton, Megan McLaughlin/Anita Sandwina, Mike Stadler
3:30 – 5:00pm Songwriters panel w Ken Reisling, Jay Gotlieb, Dave Hamilton, Emily Hamilton, Mike Capella, Larry Potts


February 2
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris Street
Sebastopol, 95472 United States
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