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Bluegrass Masters Weekend

27th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend: November 3-5, 2017

Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 27th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend! Over a quarter-decade of this popular event has been satisfying appetites of bluegrass musicians and fans from all over MN, the U.S., and Canada, who come to listen to and learn with the nation's best bluegrass players and instructors. Three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert by our featured group make for a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting—a great opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends.
 
No matter what the featured instrument is each year, given the ensemble nature of Bluegrass it's a great time for all. It's also a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to get together and get away to Lutsen Resort and the north shore of Lake Superior, stunning at any time of year. See you in November!
 
More Event Information: call 218-387-1272 or e-mail music@boreal.org

Lodging: 
Lutsen Resort 1- 888-752-2399, 5700 W. Highway 61, Lutsen, MN
(18 miles south of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61) www.lutsenresort.com
 
Reserve rooms now for your bluegrass weekend at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior! Don't miss their "3 days for the price of 2" special, for Bluegrass Masters Weekend attendees only. Call (888) 752-2399 for reservations.



 
2017's featured instrument:  Banjo

Featured instructor/performer:  
Kristin Scott Benson (of The Grascals)

Saturday Concert with the Kristin Scott Benson Trio 8 pm in the Lutsen Ballroom, $20 general seating -- tickets for sale all weekend at NSMA info table & at ballroom door 7 pm Sat. Open to the public. 

Workshop Schedule

Workshops are $4 to $10 each, or $30 for all day. All skill levels are welcome. Register at NSMA info table on Friday or Saturday. No participant maximum. 

9:00-9:30 - THE BASICS:
1. Posture
2. Picks
3. Tuning
4. Right and left-hand default positions

9:30-10:15 - BASIC RIGHT-HAND
TECHNIQUES:
1. The alternating thumb roll
2. The forward-backward roll
3. Proper right-hand techniques:
- Pick direction
- Volume
- Timing
- Tone
- Efficiency

10:15-11:00 - BASIC LEFT-HAND
TECHNIQUES:
1. Chord exercise with rolls from above
2. Slides
3. Hammer-on's
4. Pull-off's
5. Phrase with all 3 techniques

11:00-12:00 - THE CHORD SCALE
1. Inversion 1
2. Inversion 2
3. Inversion 3
4. Pinching each inversion
5. Rolling exercise for each inversion
6. Transposing the chord scale to
different keys

LUNCH

1:30-2:45 - THE CHORD SCALE -
IMPROVISING AND COMPOSING
1. Adding chords to rolling solos
2. Playing chord melodies
3. Using the chord scale to compose
original songs

2:45-3:00 - BREAK

3:00-4:00 - EMPHASIZING VOCAL MELODY
IN SOLOS
1. The banjo as a lyrical instrument
2. Using existing vocabulary to create
solos, based on the melody
3. Examples of melody-driven solos

4:00-5:00 - BACKUP
1. The role of the banjo in a bluegrass
band
2. Different types of backup
- Low-rolling
- Vamping/chopping
- Up-the-neck
3. Umbrella strategies to create backup
- The basic formula
- Layer 1
- Layer 2
- Layer 3
4. Strategies applied
 
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