North Shore Music Association
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Discover the Blue Grass Masters, Presented by the North Shore Music Association
Discover the Blue Grass Masters, Presented by the North Shore Music Association
Discover the Blue Grass Masters, Presented by the North Shore Music Association

26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend: November 4-6, 2016

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.

Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 26th 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. This year's featured instrument is guitar, and our featured performer and instructor is Jim Hurst.

This Year's Featured Instrument : GUITAR
Featured Instructor: JIM HURST

About Jim:
Jim Hurst is a Nashville musician who's performed for the past three decades with artists including Holly Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, and Missy Raines. Hurst joined Claire Lynch and the Front Porch String Band in 1995, and during that time he met Raines. The two of them formed the duet "Jim Hurst and Missy Raines" and recorded two albums that won them the International Bluegrass Music Awards for Guitar Player of the Year and Bass Player of the Year in both 2001 and 2002. Over the years, Jim has also maintained a strong solo career and taught workshops all over the country. In 2015 he was nominated for Guitar Player of the Year by IBMA. He has won numerous awards for his work.

Weekend Schedule:
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: $7/each, $30/full day. Register at event only. No participant limit. All levels included, beginner through advanced.

SATURDAY CONCERT 8 PM: $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under). Tickets for sale at event only, in Lutsen Resort lobby all day Fri. & Sat., and at ballroom door starting 7 PM Sat.

Saturday Workshop Schedule:

 9-10:00am:       Discovery and planning:
What’s your current level, and why? Where do you want to be?
                           How to get there?
10-11:00am:      Rhythm patterns
                           Covering the basics of learning (Pt.1): 

                           How to get the most out of practice time 
                           When, how long, and what to practice 
                           Dividing your time to accomplish even growth in many areas
11-noon:           Covering the basics of learning (Pt. 2), Jim’s 5 phrases:
                           Time Spent: How many days, how much time for each practice
                           Dedicated time: Only practice
                           Focus: Concentrate on what you have planned to practice
                           Theory of (musical) Relativity: Understand what you're practicing
                           Play: All work and no play…
Noon-1:30pm:   Lunch break
1:30-2:30pm:     What you need:
Scales (yes they are important)
                           Using all your fingers (scale exercises help)
                           Key, chord shape, melody, position (scale exercises help)
2:30-2:45pm:     Break
2:45-3:45pm:     How to ‘hear’ what you want to practice / play:
Using your voice to ‘hear’ what you want to play
                           Mary Had A Little Lamb, Happy Birthday (seriously)
3:45-4:45pm:     What now?:
Intro to CAGED (scale exercises help a LOT here)
                           Using tablature in a different way
                           Playing well with others
                           Check yourself in the ‘mirror’ (audio and video recording)
                           Take care of your hands, posture, etc.
Schedule times and structure may vary depending on overall accomplishment levels of attendees.
**JIM recommends attending all sessions; we can all use a reminder of the basics, and an alternate view of music.
***Disclaimer: This is ‘one man’s opinion’, so use or not as you wish. Sessions can be audio recorded for personal use only, no video recording allowed.

For more event information, call 218-387-1272 or e-mail

Lutsen Resort 1- 888-752-2399,  5700 W. Highway 61, Lutsen, MN.
(18 miles south of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61)

When making your reservation, be sure to mention you're there for the Bluegrass Masters Weekend, for a special package deal!

Remember, no matter what the featured instrument, 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!


North Shore Music Association
Box 1376 Grand Marais Minnesota 55604
(218) 387-1272