And take a look at the many topics our All Star Faculty will be exploring with you during the 4 days and nights! Topics will be slotted in to class times as we get closer to the event.
• Blues Up Your Dobro Playing!-we’ll start by examining Josh Graves blues style and expand from there. What makes the Blues so great, and how you can inject it into your playing!
• Playing in a Duo (With Trey Hensley) – Putting it all together! Creating great solos, rhythm techniques, backing up a singer, playing and singing at the same time. We’ll look at everything that goes into a great duo performance. All attendee
• Solo Dobro Arrangements- Rob will demonstrate his approach to arranging songs for solo Dobro performance. We’ll look at how to find melodies, and combine them with bass and chordal notes to create a beautiful piece of music with just you and your Dobro.
• Mastering the Fretboard- Rob shows you how learning scales in many different positions can improve your playing and help you easily find the right note at the right time.
• The Inner Game of Dobro- Tired of playing well in your practice room, then falling apart when you get to the jam session or gig? We’ll cover a lot of ground in this class including thoughts on stage fright, trying too hard, developing good habits, practice routines, improving technique, creativity, perfectionism, and much more.
• Bluegrass Album Band Vol. 3-Rob will take you on an audio tour of his favorite Bluegrass Album Band recording and discuss what makes this such a classic album.
• Rhythm techniques-beginner and advanced classes, Rob will discuss his unique approach to playing rhythm. We will examine right and left hand techniques, how to approach the minor chord, and other more complex chords. We’ll also discuss Using both hands to mute notes, how to play rhythm while singing and much much more.
Compass Studios Recording Workshop-we will walk to nearby Compass Studios and answer all your questions about recording the Dobro with IBMA Award Winning Engineer, Ben Surrat. Topics will include using headphones, mic choices and mic placement, reverbs and other effects. Home studio enthusiasts will love this class! (All Levels)
• Advanced Warmup Routine
• Solo Reso Arrangements – “hot seat” coaching.
• How to practice (a motor learning approach).
• Down the Mountain – learn an open D tuning blues song.
• Singing & Playing at the same time.
• Music Theory for Dobro.
• Prevention and treatment of dobro injuries.
• Bakersfield Country: Learn the West Coast sounds of incredible guitar players like Grady Martin and Roy Nichols that translate very well to the Dobro.
• Intro to playing swing on the Dobro.
• Must know licks: A collection of licks from Josh, Jerry, Rob, and Mike, etc. And we’ll work through how to use them in songs we all play.
• Learn Rob’s intro to BlueHighway’s “through the window of a train”: Rob’s groundbreaking intro to this song contains some absolutely fabulous licks that you can use everywhere.
• Go-to licks over a C chord: Dramatically expand your inventory of licks you can use either in the key of C or over a C chord in any key. I’ll be using the Bill Monroe song “Toy Heart” in the key of C to illustrate.
• Playing backup: 80% of all the Dobro playing you’ll ever do is back up. I’ll clue you in on some dos and don’ts and give you some real ammunition to use. I’ll be using backup tracks with a vocalist to help illustrate.
• Move Smooth: Getting the left & right hand working together for smooth moves and clean playing. Proper bar & fingerpick use, clean movement between chords, damping rhythm, single-note technique.
• Chord Exploration & Excavation: 7ths, 9ths, minors, how to find & how to use.
• I Got The Blues: Bass runs, blues turnarounds, riffs, and more.
• Swing That Thing: Some fun with G6th tuning.
• D Is For De-Tune: Exploring the different sound & songs of open D tuning.
• With Bobby Ingano: Hank Williams And Hawaii: The history, tunings & different music genres of the steel guitar.
• Seldom Scene songs/ Mike Auldridge Stylings.
• Building a solo! Targeting chord tones and using rhythm.
• Rhythm/comping and backing a singer.
• Music Theory.
• Q&A! Jamming, prepping for the stage, warming up, calming the mind.
• Learn some standards always called in a pick!
• Billy Cardine:
• How to learn to transcribe Music (Dobro players, vocalists, and other instrumentalists) from recordings…including the use of tools…computer, notation software, etc.
• Dobro around the world…Learn one lick/phrase from each destination around the world.
• Miles Davis and comfortably Dobro’able Jazz Phrasing.
• Harmonics, Chimes, Squeaks, and Squawks: a range of sounds from the Dobro, as applied to classic tunes.
• Rhythm Boot Camp: Learn to provide a fun and helpful rhythm in all settings, duets, trios, quartets, etc., as well as with drums.
• Rig Breakdown/Live Performance discussion: gear, pedals, signal processing, EQ’ing…setting up for success on the stage. If time permits, Studio Session preparation and performance.
• How to play “Aloha Oe,” which is one of the most recognizable songs the world over.
• How to achieve the sweetest tone possible on the Steel Guitar.
• Muting the strings.
• How to play the song that every beginner starts with, which is “Hene Hene Koaka.”
• Hawaiian vamps or turn-arounds, which are played between the verses on nearly all Hawaiian songs.
PLUS Jimmy Heffernan Master Class:
• Intro to the pedal steel guitar: The pedal steel guitar is the not too distant cousin of the Dobro. Pedal steel came into country music in 1954 and quickly became the sound of the late 50s, 60s, and 90s country music.I don’t think there’s a Dobro player out there who hasn’t wondered about playing pedal steel someday.This class will take some of the mystery out of the steel guitar. I will go through how the pedal steel is similar to the Dobro as well as how it produces that unique sound that only a pedal steel can accomplish.