(This page is a supplement to the Guitar Lessons and Music Workshop Page)
- What is the cost? Varies based on distance, format, etc. I do “package deals” if the band plays later that evening or same day within a festival. This is always negotiable.
- How many people can attend? As many as wants to. Just nobody expecting a concert. Any musicians at any level; the experienced ones help answer questions and share ideas.
- How long does it last? Again, varies. Within a festival setting can be 45 minutes, but 1 – 1.5 hrs is really good if you get a lot of questions.
- What type of things do you teach? I emphasize versatility; playing many styles, playing electric and acoustic gtrs. Playing rhythm, practice techniques, etc. I always get the “how do you play fast” question, & “how do I ‘make it’”, which is fun to answer. I talk of experiences I’ve had in bands and music situations, and I meld them into my spiritual walk when applicable. It’s interactive, and the questions lead the instruction. I like people to bring instruments, and I explain some of the effects I use as well.
A “Typical” workshop/clinic goes something like this:
With an audience of all ages, styles and abilities (although predominately teenagers), I play a few songs with backing tracks and give a little background on what I’m attempting on the songs. Ultimately focused toward guitar players, many musicians would still find the clinics enjoyable and informative. Even though most songs would be in the rock vein, the workshop would still be beneficial for any genre, including acoustic meetings, songwriting workshops, youth groups, or church praise and worship musicians. Just a willingness to see and hear other styles, and share your own playing experience is required.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments (within reason – drummers shouldn’t bring a whole kit, but might enjoy bringing a pair of sticks), and sharing of ideas is encouraged. As techniques are shown, there is usually a question and answer time, where even audience members can answer questions.
As various styles are played, this will expose many players to genres of music they might not have heard, or in the past haven’t been interested in. My songs range from various forms of rock, blues, jazz, and acoustic, so there’s usually some type of new musical exposure players will hear.
The workshop will also have the opportunity to talk about other areas of music. Topics can range from the business side, production, equipment, ethical and moral issues including faith, and any other issues that people want to bring up. Getting a group of musicians together really can open doors for any type of conversations to happen.
This would definitely Not be a concert. The audience would be smaller and consist mainly of musicians. There would be a lot of interaction with members of the audience, and hopefully interaction between audience members. One possible option is to have a workshop on an afternoon, then a concert with a full band that night (eventually the band could be involved in the workshop). This way audience members get to learn the “Secrets” and see them applied in a full performance.
Youth groups, clubs, music stores, songwriting and music conferences, festivals, and churches are the best suited for something like this. Tickets or admission usually range from $3 – $5 each, but could be offered for free, and should state that instruments should be brought. Audiences really shouldn’t even be that big; 10 to 50+ people is really about the best size.
If you’re interested in putting something like this on, all I’d need is a P.A and a sound person. Expenses on your venue would be low, and would be a great opportunity to offer something interactive to your crowd; maybe even bring in people who don’t normally attend your venue. Contact me if you have additional questions or if we can get something lined up.