Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

2020 Dates: Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, 2020 • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN



Winter Weekend Saturday Workshops

10:00am - 10:50am: B-flat Missouri Fiddle Tunes: Come learn some beautiful Missouri fiddle tunes in B-flat with fiddler AJ Srubas. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association: Dance Hall

10:00am - 10:50am: Northern MN Tunes: Learn some great tunes from northern Minnesota with Clawhammer Mike of the Upper Midwest Folk Fiddlers. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association: Green Room (Behind Studio 2).

10:00am - 10:50am: Finding a vocal harmony part: This workshop offers helpful ideas for how to build harmony parts for a country or bluegrass song. with John Wenstrom, Robin Muir, and Jess Wenstrom of Whinnie-Muir: Studio 3

10:00am - 10:50am: Modal Clawhammer Banjo; We'll learn how to tune the clawhammer banjo to modal tuning, some of the common modal chords and licks, then finish with a Round Peak tune. with Rob Daves: Studio 5

11:00am - 11:50am: French Canadian Fiddle Tunes: Come learn some awesome French Canadian fiddle tunes with fiddler Linda Breitag. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association: Dance Hall

11:00am - 11:50am: Traditional Bluegrass Banjo: Walk through the various styles and delve deep into the techniques used by the early pioneers of bluegrass banjo with David Robinson of the band Back Up & Push: Studio 5

11:00am - 11:50am: Cajun Fiddling: Learn some basics of Cajun fiddling with Mary DuShane and Nick Jordan. Sponsored by the Minnesota Fiddlers Association: Green Room (Behind Studio 2).

11:00am - 11:50am: Mandolin Hang: This is not a traditional teacher/student workshop format but a conversation about all things related to Mandolin. Come with your instrument and be ready to share! with Nic Hentges: Studio 2

11:00am - 11:50am: Song Choice: Does It Matter? Choosing songs for your band can be complicated, especially when you don't all agree. Sit in with the Fish Heads and see how they make their choices. with Kim Monson: Studio 3

12:00pm - 12:50pm: Creating Harmony Parts with Hillbilly Music Theory: Learn how to utilize basic music theory and your own natural sense of harmony to create double and triple harmony parts for instrumentals and vocals. The concepts in this class are completely transferable to any instrument or singing. with Brian Wicklund: Studio 3

12:00pm - 12:50pm: Bass Hang: This is not a traditional teacher/student workshop format but a conversation about all things related to Bass. Come with your instrument and be ready to share! with Pat Loftus: Studio 2

12:00pm - 12:50pm: Mando Setup & Sound: I’ll demonstrate proper location and fit of a mandolin bridge and talk about its importance to sound. Then we will listen to 4-5 different bridges on the same mandolin and if time allows 2-3 different tailpieces. with David Vincent: Studio 5

1:00pm - 1:50pm: Hank Williams theme jam: Come jam on Hank Williams tunes with the Roe Family Singers: Studio 2

1:00pm - 1:50pm: String Theory: Learn the theory behind “the golden tones” – the root and fifth notes that make a major chord sound more authentic in bluegrass and country tunes and play guitar with more twang and chime! with Jeff Wood: Studio 3

2:00pm - 2:50pm: Clogging Demo and Workshop: Watch the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers show off some dances with a live band, then learn a few steps yourself: Dance Hall

4:00pm - 4:50pm: Become a Better Guitar Player: Simple tips and tricks to help you add interesting “tweaks” to basic guitar playing, from jazz to bluegrass, that don’t require attending Julliard. with Jon Garon and Mark Kreitzer: Studio 3



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