ResoSummit 2010

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Workshops:
Mike Auldridge
Paul Beard
Greg Booth
Cindy Cashdollar
Kim Gardner
Andy Hall
Jimmy Heffernan
Rob Ickes
Orville Johnson
Randy Kohrs
Justin Moses
Tim Scheerhorn
Josh Swift
Sally Van Meter
Michael Witcher

 


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Faculty & Luthiers: ResoSummit 2010


ResoSummit 2010 Workshops

Workshop descriptions: All workshop descriptions are online; use the faculty list at left to see each teacher's detailed workshop descriptions.

Advance materials: If you signed up for one of Sally Van Meter's Swing or Waltz workshops, you should have received tab by email attachment. Send us an email at resosummit@gmail.com if you haven't received it. If you signed up for one of Jimmy Heffernan's Improvisation for Intermediate Players workshops, he would like you to be learn a basic version of Fireball Mail in advance, to be used as a springboard for improvisational work in class. [These materials have now been distributed in class, and are no longer available on the website.]

We have stirred some great new topics into the ResoSummit mix for 2010, along with classic workshops from previous Summits, so that whether you are at your first Summit, or you've attended every one, you'll be able to achieve the desired "Dobro overload" by the close of the weekend.

 

Michael Witcher

Michael's perspective: "As you know this instrument is technically one of the most difficult to play.  Because of this i think most people spend most of their time focusing on the technical stuff and less on strengthening their musicianship - especially if Dobro is their only instrument.  My focus for 2010 is teaching good musicianship, and focusing on the different concepts that make for good musicianship."

Here's what Michael plans to offer in 2010:

Technique Boot Camp- Focus on perfecting fundamental technique - the key to clean playing, great tone, and speed. Participation and individual critique.

Mastering the Fretboard- Lecture, demo and lots of participation. We will explore ways of memorizing the fretboard and learn multiple scale patterns for the same key that will allow us to solo in any key anywhere on the fretboard.

The Singing Dobro- We will listen to great vocalists and learn how to emulate them on the dobro. Lecture, critical listening and participation.

Tone & Dynamics- in this class we will look at ways of achieving great tone and learn exercises for developing expressive dynamics. We will apply these concepts to melodies and licks. Lecture, demonstration, critical listening and lots of playing in class. New

Getting Ideas From Other Instruments - We will listen to horns, electric guitars and other instruments and transpose their licks and ideas to the Dobro. Lecture, critical listening and lots of playing. New

Decoding Jerry Douglas- all levels, lecture and critical listening. We will analyze the supreme musicianship that is Flux.

Ear Training (call & response)- I will play a phrase and the class will play it back. By the end you will have sharpened your ear and learn some new licks. Lots of participation.

Building Solos- The concepts behind developing the perfect solo. Lecture, demonstration, critical listening, critique and lots of class participation. The students should come prepared with a solo they arranged and we will critique and fine tune it. We will also explore other ideas for an alternate solo. New

Master Class Open only to participants registered in the VA group.

Lap Steel Demo (to be scheduled during the “optional activities” hour). With Cindy Cashdollar and with assistance from Greg Booth. New

 

Orville Johnson

With outstanding reviews from his first ResoSummit appearance in 2009, Orville Johnson returns in 2010 with his excellent series of Blues and Jazz workshops, plus a new music theory workshop and a combined jazz/blues workshop for the last workshop session on Sunday, which is 2 hours instead of the usual 75 minutes. Here's how he describes each of his 2010 topics:

Practical Music Theory- The three things you need to understand to help you communicate more easily with other musicians are Intervals, Scales, and Chord Construction. You can learn this in 75 minutes. Lecture and demo; bring pencil and paper to take some notes. Open to all levels. New

Blues 1- We'll learn the blues scales in a few positions, shuffle rhythms, and how to apply them to a 12 bar 1-4-5 progression. You'll be playing in this class. In Blues 1 we'll use some generic tunes to apply the scales and rhythms we learn. Session #1: Low-intermediates. Session #2: High-intermediates.

Blues 2- We'll explore more keys, 8 bar and 16 bar blues, some more intricate rhythms. You'll be playing in this class. In Blues 2 we'll play through some blues standards illustrating different forms- 8-bar blues like Trouble in Mind and Key to the Highway and 16-bar blues like Deep River Blues.

Blues 3- We'll start seeing where blues crosses over into jazz, minor keys, more involved chord substitutions. tonal and percussive rhythms. You'll be playing in this class. Possible tunes- Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Ellington), Thrill is Gone (BB King). Advanced+High-intermediates.

Jazz 1- We'll see how blues progressions morph into jazz thru chord substitution, work on a jazz standard that is heavily blues-based. You'll be playing in this class. Possible tunes- Blue Monk (Thelonius Monk) All Blues (Miles Davis). Open to intermediate levels and higher.

Jazz 2- We'll consider the importance of melody in jazz playing, playing in all keys, and work on a jazz standard that is not blues based. You'll be playing in this class. Possible Tunes- Autumn Leaves (Prevert-Kosma) Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham) I Thought About You (J.Mercer) Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichal) Session #1: open to High-Intermediates and above; open to low-intermediates who have taken Jazz 1. Session #2: open to Advanced only.

Jazz 3- improvisational ideas, how to find your own voice, more advanOpeced chord analyisis. There will be some playing in this class but we'll also be exploring concepts involving improvisation, so some lecture and Q&A will occur. In Jazz 3 some tunes I'm considering are Afro Blue (John Coltrane) and The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichal). Open to Advanced+High-Intermediates.

Blues/Jazz 3- On Sunday for the 2 hour workshop session I'm doing a class that will be a combination of Blues 3 and Jazz 3, learning a tune or two and exploring some advanced improvisation concepts. There will be playing in this class, but I'll also attempt to address any questions you may not have gotten answered by this point in the weekend, so lecture and Q&A will occur, too. Advanced+High-intermediates. New

 

Sally Van Meter

For 2010, Sally will be bringing back her highly-rated blues workshop from 2009 and adding some swing workshops, plus a low-intermediate level waltz workshop to complement her more advanced-level workshop focusing on Great Season Waltz, one of Sally's contributions to the Grammy Award-winning CD, The Great Dobro Sessions. And if pick blocking and ultra-clean playing has always eluded you, she's got the advanced technique workshop for you!

The Blues:  Keeping it Simple (high-intermediate)- An accessible approach to 12-bar blues, with rhythm patterns, blues scales, and developing beyond the basic licks to add to your vault of blues licks.  High-intermediate level.

The Blues:  Keeping it Simple (low-intermediate) - An accessible approach to 12-bar blues, with rhythm patterns, blues scales, and starting your cache of simple blues licks to be able to jam in any blues session with confidence.  Low-intermediate level (beginners okay).

Waltz Workshop, Low-Intermediate Level - Why is a waltz so wonderful? In this class, using Down Home [originally listed as Kentucky Waltz] as the primary example, we'll focus on how to phrase waltzes, and how to find the melody easily.  You will receive tab in advance, and you should learn the tab before ResoSummit begins so that class time can focus on producing ideas for phrasing and tone production, which is a must for any waltz on the reso. Time providing, we will experiment a little with building upon the melody you have learned. New

Waltz Workshop, High-Intermediate/Advanced Level - Beyond the main melody. Approaches to playing waltzes on the dobro, including improvisational techniques and ideas.  This class is open to high-intermediate and advanced-level participants only. There will be basic tab for the melody provided in advance, and the goal here is to build upon your improvisational skills to be able to play a new, still connected to the original melody solo.  Great Season Waltz will be our starting waltz, please learn the melody to at least the first three sections in advance. Time providing, we can explore Kentucky Waltz or Down Home as well.

Swing in Standard Tuning:  Intermediates only
Want to join in those jam sessions where they are playing swing, or songs with a swing feel? This class will get you started with the simplest of songs- Sweet Sue-  You will need to learn the tab in advance and then together we will start to fill in the blanks with a few simple licks that can bring the feel of swingin’ it to the song.   For this class, we will be using standard GBDGBD tuning.   New

Swing in Standard Tuning:  Swinging the phrase, and more! Advanced and high-Intermediates only.
Did you know there are loads of blues licks in swing music? For this class, I intend to focus on the kinds of fills and licks that will let you cross-apply what we learn to any other Swing song. “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” will be our starter song, and then we can look at  how some of those phrasing ideas and licks can fit into other songs as well. Tab provided for I Don’t Hurt Anymore in advance, so please learn the basic melody! GBDGBD tuning.  New

Advanced Technique:  How to clean up your sound!
Many players you admire have their own style of clean, toneful playing! Every note counts when you are playing, especially when you are playing fast and furious. For this class, focus will be on basic pick-blocking and bar technique that is critical to clean playing, spot-on intonation, and stellar tone. Advanced level  (high-intermediates only if space is available).  

Optional Activities Hour:  Different Voices on the Dobro  An Hour with Sally Van Meter, Andy Hall, and Kim Gardner.   Demonstration and discussion focusing on developing a distinctive voice on the dobro, with lots of Q&A. All questions are welcomed!

 

Mike Auldridge

Decoding Mike Auldridge (co-taught by Mike Auldridge and Jimmy Heffernan)
For the first time in the ResoSummit's "Decoding..." series, we'll have the subject present and participating. When Mike Auldridge began playing with The Seldom Scene in 1971, and particularly with the release of his first solo CD, Dobro, he single-handedly transformed the sound of the dobro for all time. We'll explore that sound in detail in this workshop: how Mike's signature sound evolved, from the early influence of Josh Graves through his history with the Seldom Scene and beyond; the nuts and bolts of what he played, and why, focusing on some classic Scene numbers (Muddy Waters; Wait a Minute) as well as examples from his solo work (It's Over; New Camptown Races); Mike's approach to intros and solos; and the philosophy, techniques and methodology of Mike's approach to the dobro. This class is not size-limited, and will have lots of demo and Q&A; it will not include hands-on playing by participants. Two sessions: one geared toward low- and high-intermediates, and one geared toward advanced + high-intermedidate.
 New

Eight-String and Six-String Swing (co-taught with Cindy Cashdollar)
Approaches to Swing Music, with Mike Auldridge on the 8-String Dobro and Cindy on 6-String. Hi-Int.+Adv. A longer, 2-hour workshop that should allow more time for hands-on participation.  New

Please note that Mike's Station Inn performance with Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac has been moved to Friday evening.

 

Cindy Cashdollar

Backing up a Vocalist (with Jim Hurst, vocals & guitar)
How to back up a vocalist tastefully and creatively. This class will help you build solid skills and creative approaches to this key role for the dobro. Lots of hands-on participation & critique.
Low-intermediates (beginners okay).

Eight-String and Six-String Swing (co-taught with Mike Auldridge)
Swing Music Workshop, with Mike Auldridge on the 8-String Dobro and Cindy on 6-String. A longer, 2-hour workshop that should allow more time for hands-on participation. High-Intermediates +Advanced.  New

Playing with a Fiddler
"Playing well with others" is a useful skill - no more so than when it comes to playing with a fiddler. When these two "slidey" instruments play together, the result can be a train wreck or pure magic, and with this workshop, you'll have the tools to avoid the wrecks and work toward magic. Cindy will focus on rhythm and interplay, keen listening, and intonation, along with working up twin parts. High- and low-intermediates. New

Lap Steel Demo (to be scheduled during the “optional activities” hour on Saturday). With Michael Witcher, and with assistance from Greg Booth. New

 

Rob Ickes

A Contemporary Approach to Slants Finding slants in different string combinations and using them to open up your options for new harmonies. Playing slants cleanly and with solid intonation. Incorporating slants in a more contemporary sound. Demo, discussion and some hands-on playing. Session #1: Intermediates. Session #2: Adv./VA only. New

Backing up a Vocalist (with Jim Hurst, vocals & guitar)
How to back up a vocalist tastefully and creatively. This class for high- and low-intermediates will help you build solid skills and creative approaches to this key role for the dobro. Lots of hands-on participation & critique.

Jazz Standards (High-Intermediate Session) Examining some great jazz melodies and applying them to the Dobro, with a focus on chords, improvising, and rhythm. This class will focus on two songs: Stars Fell on Alabama [from Rob’s Mel Bay DVD+CD, Contemporary Dobro Artistry] and Song for My Father [from Road Song]. Mostly demo and discussion, with some (but limited) hands-on playing. High-intermediate and above. New

Jazz Standards (Advanced Session) Examining some great jazz melodies and applying them to the Dobro, with a focus on chords, improvising, and rhythm. This class will focus on two songs:September Song and Lullaby of Birdland [from Rob’s Mel Bay DVD+CD, Contemporary Dobro Artistry] . Mostly demo and discussion, with some (but limited) hands-on playing. Advanced and VA only. New

Creating Solos and Kickoffs A melody-driven approach to creating strong kickoffs and solos. Demo, discussion and some hands-on playing and critique. Low-Int. & High-Int.

Adapting a Song for Solo Performance: Using “The Old Rugged Cross’ (from Rob's Mel Bay DVD+CD) as the example, we’ll focus on how to adapt and arrange tunes for solo Dobro. Mostly demo and discussion, some hands-on playing. High-Intermediate and above.

Recording Studio Workshop Recording engineer Ben Surratt and Rob Ickes take you to a Music Row recording studio and share insights and practical info on making the best possible recording. (Demo, lecture and Q&A; this workshop does not include participant recording, so please leave your instruments in the Fondren Lobby or in your room.)

Exercises and Practice Regimens How to develop an effective pratice regimen using exercises, scale patterns and workouts that will help you master the neck and improve your tone and technique. Lots of demo, some hands-on playing. All levels.

Master Class Open only to participants registered in the VA group.

Playing Rhythm: Techniques & Approaches (with Andy Hall) To be scheduled during Friday's "optional activities" hour.

Office Hours Drop by to ask Rob a question, get a quick consult on how to resolve a problem (preferably dobro-related), get a quick demo, etc. "Quick" is our code word for "please share the time with others who are there." To be scheduled during Saturday's "optional activities" hour.


Jimmy Heffernan

Decoding Mike Auldridge (co-taught by Mike Auldridge and Jimmy Heffernan)
For the first time in the ResoSummit's "Decoding..." series, we'll have the subject present and participating. When Mike Auldridge began playing with The Seldom Scene in 1971, and particularly with the release of his first solo CD, Dobro, he single-handedly transformed the sound of the dobro for all time. We'll explore that sound in detail in this workshop: how Mike's signature sound evolved, from the early influence of Josh Graves through his history with the Seldom Scene and beyond; the nuts and bolts of what he played, and why, focusing on some classic Scene numbers (Muddy Waters; Wait a Minute) as well as examples from his solo work (It's Over; New Camptown Races); Mike's approach to intros and solos; and the philosophy, techniques and methodology of Mike's approach to the dobro. This class is not size-limited, and will have lots of demo and Q&A; it will not include hands-on playing by participants. Two sessions: one geared toward low- and high-intermediates, and one geared toward advanced + high-intermedidate
.  New

Improvisation for Intermediate Players This workshop focuses on strategies for improvising, working with materials provided in advance as a springboard for this highly interactive class, including individual critique to help identify and fix problems and enhance your improvisational skills. If you plan to sign up for this class, you are urged to learn the basic version of Fireball Mail provided by tab and mp3 file in advance of ResoSummit. Separate sessions for LI and HI, plus one longer session for all intermediates. (advance materials are available here here under Heffernan's name at left)

Playing in Minor Keys Strategies for playing in minor keys; demos, discussion, and lots of hands-on participation. Separate sessions for LI & HI.

Decoding Josh Graves Study Uncle Josh's technique and signature licks by focusing on selected signature Josh Graves tunes. Offered in LI and HI sessions.

What Am I Doing Wrong? In this highly-participatory class, Jimmy will work with you to identify problem areas in your playing, and areas for improvement, and help you find ways to resolve those problems and ratchet-up your playing. Bring your questions! Intermediates.

 

Justin Moses

Justin Moses will be playing as special guest with NewFound Road on Thursday's performance, then flying out for performanaces with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (including a Prairie Home Companion appearance on Sat.), flying back on Sunday in time for a 2-hour workshop on a great topic. Justin is an amazing multi-instrumentalist with experience not only as a frequent guest with NewFound Road and a current member of RS&KT (on banjo), but also with the Dan Tyminski Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Sierra Hull & Hwy 101, and more. So he's the perfect choice for this workshop:

The Dobro in a Bluegrass Band Integrating the dobro in a bluegrass band: rhythm, solos, arrangement, dynamics & instrumental interplay. (Intermediate levels; Adv. okay)

 

Andy Hall

Technique Boot Camp Take a close look at your left hand and right hand, and focus on perfecting the fundamentals that are esential to clean, fast playing and great tone and technique. Offered in separate LI and HI sessions.

Fiddle Tunes on the Dobro Learn approaches to playing fiddle tunes on the Dobro. Offered in separate LI, HI and Adv. sessions; the advanced class will focus on improvisational approaches to fiddle tunes.

Straight-Ahead Bluegrass Focus on traditional bluegrass tunes. Offered in separate LI, HI and Adv sessions. earn approaches to playing fiddle tunes on the Dobro. Offered in separate LI, HI and Adv. sessions; the advanced class will focus on improvisational approaches to fiddle tunes.

Solo Dobro Performance Arranging songs to be performed on solo dobro or Weiseenborn (without accompaniment), with some attention to the D tuning that Andy often uses for solo works. Offered in the longer, 2-hour workshop session on Sunday. HI + Adv. -

Master Class Open only to participants registered in the VA group.

Playing Rhythm: Techniques & Approaches With Rob Ickes; an optional activies hour session.

Different Voices on the Dobro: An Hour with Sally Van Meter, Andy Hall & Kim Gardner An optional activities hour session. Demonstration and discussion focusing on developing a distinctive voice on the dobro, with lots of Q&A. All questions are welcomed!

 

Randy Kohrs

Creating Signature Sounds Incorporating blues, classic country, and vocal influences into your playing to create a signature sound. Offered at Adv. and Intermediate levels.

Master Class A highly-interactive class for advanced players; bring your questions and be prepared to play!

Recording Workshop Held in Randy's Slack Key Studio, Randy and his recording engineer will provide invaluable information about recording in a studio, with an opportunity to record for those who are interested. (Carpools will be used to travel to this workshop.)

 

Kim Gardner

Approaches to Bluegrass Focus on creative, rock-solid approaches to playing bluegrass with Kim Gardner of Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. Kim will draw on his wealth of experience with the Lonesome River Band, Ronnie Bowman, the Country Gentlemen, Dale Ann Bradley, and others to help you make your bluegrass playing as creative and dynamic as possible. Offered in separate Advanced, HI, and LI sessions.

Paul Beard

The Nuts & Bolts of the Instrument Master luthier Paul Beard will teach you the nuts and bolts of the resonator guitar, addressing set-up, care & maintenance issues, and answering your questions. All levels. This will be offered twice: as a workshop, and during Friday's optional activities hour.

 

Tim Scheerhorn

Complete Resonator Guitar Makeover This special 3-hour workshop, which has received stellar reviews at previous Summits, will feature a complete overhaul of an instrument, with an instrument essentially gutted and completely overhauled, with lots of demo, discussion, and Q&A. All levels. NOTE: Tim is looking for a "fairly unmolested" instrument, such as an OMI, Gibson, pre-war type (not a new guitar) for use in this workshop, with the owner paying for parts only (est. $125) for this complete makeover. If you have a candidate instrument, please contact Betty at resosummit@gmail.com.

The Fine Points of Set-up & Maintenance Master luthier Tim Scheerhorn will conduct a discussion and demo (with limited set-up demo) designed to teach you about maintenance, care, and set-up of resonator guitars. NOTE: Tim is looking for an instrument for this workshop (see description above, with est. cost of $100 for parts).

 

JoshSwift

Bluegrass Instrumentals Josh Swift (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) will teach his approaches to bluegrass instrumental tunes, using Evening Prayer Blues in the LI sessions, and Pike County Breakdown in the HI sessions, as a focal point. Please note that these are not tab-oriented classes, since Josh's learning methods do not involve tab. (Separate LI, HI workshops)

Greg Booth

EBDGBD Tuning Take your dobro playing to another level by simply lowering one string. Discover a whole new palette of sounds to choose from to make your playing unique and pleasing to the ear. Some demonstration, some playing, Q & A, and lots of tab of songs from Greg's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/aksliderdobro  Open to intermediate and above.

Arranging a song for the dobro: how to make it more interesting Some songs sound great played simply with 2 or 3 chords. Other songs lend themselves to a more complex treatment. This class will look at ways to incorporate more interesting and imaginative chords and voicings that can make an arrangement unique and special. We'll start with Danny Boy played simply in standard G tuning and figure out ways to harmonize the melody beyond just a few predictable chords. We'll look at applying this to other songs, Tennessee Waltz for example, and see what happens! Open to high intermediate and advanced; students should understand basic theory: what makes a chord, a progression, 1,4,5 etc. Some demonstration, lots of playing.

 

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