October 5, 2019
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. GLAMA Slow Jam
Bring your stringed instrument(s) and enter the captivating experience of playing music with others. All that is needed is knowledge of 3-4 chords, the ability to change from one to the other, and a desire to have fun! Tuners and capos are helpful but not required. Participation in this group is guaranteed to enhance your knowledge and spark your desire to join our monthly slow jams at the Kalamazoo Public Library!
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Songwriters in the Round with Carrie McFerrin, Joe Reilly and Darcy Wilkin
McFerrin, Reilly & Wilkin is not a legal firm. It is a small group of songwriters ready to take turns sharing their original songs and distinctive styles in this primarily performance workshop. All three are experienced and still up-and-coming performers with unique backgrounds and stories to tell in song. Creative insight, interaction, sentiment and soul are sure to accompany the tunes.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rhythm Guitar with Mark Sahlgren and Darcy Wilkin
Mark and Darcy, both accomplished and experienced singers, know important techniques for using guitars to enhance their singing. During this workshop, they will cover methods to support the mood, tone and theme of a song with rhythm guitar. They’ll also discuss and demonstrate rhythm and dynamic techniques to emphasize the message of the song , do what is needed to back the song, and determine how and when to lay back.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tips for Solo Guitar Arrangements with Pat Donohue
Pat Donohue, universally recognized as one of the best fingerstyle guitarists in the world, will share his expertise in this workshop, focusing on the musical tools necessary for successfully arranging any tune for solo guitar. He’ll cover intros and endings, beautiful chord sequences and specialized licks and techniques, all designed to delight listeners and take guitar players’ skills to the next level.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Songwriting with Robin & Linda Williams
In this informal session, Robin & Linda Williams will perform their original songs and speak about their songwriting process—how they develop lyrics and melodies and combine the two together. They will also discuss their influences and the importance that songwriting plays in their career. Attendees can listen and learn, ask questions and interact with these veteran performers.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Ukulele: Play Fun Swing Songs with Real Jazz Chords with Joel Mabus
Elevate your sound! We’ll learn easy songs from the swing era – at nice & easy tempos. But we’ll use the authentic jazz chords they need instead of plain old “vanilla” chords. Don’t be scared. Most jazz chords aren’t finger busters; on the ukulele they often use only one or two fingers! We’ll stick to the basic keys like C & G. Handouts will be easy-to-follow and have big chord diagrams.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Harmony Singing with Catherine Ellis, Carol Levack and Katherine Morris
Have you ever struggled with finding a harmony to a favorite melody? Well, these three leaders can reveal methods to unlock the magic. The workshop will blend a little theory with a lot of practice, starting with familiar tunes. (Optional: Bring along a favorite song and let’s see what can happen.)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Banjo/Mando Bluegrass Magic with Kevin Gaugier and Bill VanLiere
Kevin (banjo) and Bill (mandolin) will discuss and demonstrate the important roles these two instruments play, particularly in making bluegrass music. Their twin instrumental work will dazzle, as it does in their current bands, Uncle Betty and Jonas Ridge. Bring your banjos and mandolins and learn along!
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Songs of Peace, Protest & Social Justice with Catherine Ellis, Carol Levack and Katherine Morris
Music has been a driving force in advancing the major civil rights and social justice causes of the past century in the U.S. In this workshop, the worker’s rights/union, civil, and peace movements will be represented through folk and roots music. Participants will be invited to lift their voices and join in sing-alongs of Seeger, Guthrie, Dylan, Lennon and more.