workshops

Wintergrass 2023 Workshop Schedule

Wintergrass Thursday Intensives (additional registration required).
Regular In-Festival Workshop Schedule for Thursday through Saturday.

Wintergrass Intensives are sponsored by our friends at ArtistWorks.
Workshops are sponsored by our friends at Peghead Nation. Thank you!

Thursday February 23 – Intensives (separate registration required) and Jams

Auditorium
1pm-4pm
Intensive

Dave Keenan & Nova Devonie
Film Scoring

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Cedar
9am-12pm
Intensive

Joe Craven Improvisation

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5pm-6pm
Slow Jam Workshop

Tom Petersen & Cliff Perry

Maple
9am-12pm
Full Day Intensive

Darrell Scott Songwriting

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1pm-4pm
Full Day Intensive

Darrell Scott Songwriting

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Juniper
9am-12pm
Intensive

Paul Kowert
Bass

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Bob Evoniuk
Dobro

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Laurel
9am-12pm
Intensive

Brittany Haas
Fiddle

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Jordan Tice
Guitar

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Madrona
9am-12pm
Intensive

Natalie Haas
Cello

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Tray Wellington Banjo

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Larch
9am-12pm
Intensive

Henhouse Prowlers
Using Bluegrass to Bridge Cultural Division

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Dominick Leslie
Mandolin

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friday February 24

Auditorium
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Single Microphone Dynamics

Never Come Down Band
Dive into the unique world of single mic performance. Learn about group dynamics, blending, and how to do "the dance" with an ensemble.
Skill Level: Open to all

Cedar
Evergreen
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Playing as a Unit

Danny Paisley Band
Whether you are on tour or in a jam, there is one principle that you must know - how to play as a unit. This workshop will teach you to think like a musician, whether you’re jamming with people you've just met or stepping onto a stage with the same group every night. You will come away as a much more insightful musician, armored with the knowledge to take a jam or your band to the next level.
Skill Level: Open to all

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Vocal Harmony

Jack Torrey & Page Burkum (Cactus Blossoms) and Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms
Join The Cactus Blossoms and Caleb & Reeb for a walk down harmony lane. Bring your questions and come listen to our approach to harmony singing and duets!
Skill Level: Open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Pedal Steel Guitar Basics

John James Tourville (The Deslondes)
An introduction to the mechanics of playing pedal steel guitar.
Skill Level: Open to all

Juniper
10:00am - 11:00am

Banjo

Clayton Hess (Runaway Train)
Modern bluegrass banjo mixes and matches Scruggs, Single-String, and Melodic styles within a single solo! Learn some tips and tricks on how to incorporate these things into your own playing.
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

11:15am - 12:15pm

Using Imagry to Bring Lyrics to Life

Anna Tivel
Tell me a photo; using imagery to bring lyrics to life.
Skill Level: Open to all

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Writing Modern Songs in the Bluegrass Tradition

Bella White
In this workshop we will be learning how to put an old spin on new songs. We will do this by exploring classics as well as examining some more modern “Bluegrass.” We’ll talk about what makes a song sound traditional and how to apply those themes to your own writing while still maintaining your individual voice.
Skill level: Open to all

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Banjo and Fiddle Duets

Tatianna Hargreaves and Allison De Groot
This class will explore the banjo-fiddle duo. We will work on navigating through this configuration and how to listen, respond and interact with each other. Bring your recording devices!
Skill Level: Open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Guitar Accompaniment

Rich Moore (Mollie O'Brien)
Whether playing solo or with others, injecting a different chord voicing, good turnaround, or moving bass line can go a long way in making your song more enjoyable to listen to. We’ll focus on some techniques and how to best use them to help enhance the song, the lyric, and the singer, in order to help build the arrangement and dynamics of the song. The workshop will be guitar focused, but a pretty good vocalist will join me to help things along. (Singers, you may want to attend as well.) Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced

Larch
11:15am - 12:15pm

Old-Time Fiddling

George Jackson (Jacob Jolliff Band)
Learn a great old-time tune and have an in-depth look at old-time bowing techniques. We'll be gathering a tool box of ideas and techniques you can take home with you to work towards getting that authentic old-time sound, bring groove into your playing and drive a band or dance with your bow. Skill level: Open to all.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

How to Play Songs on the Fiddle

Patrick McGonigle (Bella White Band)
In this class we will discuss how to effectively support the singer and song on your fiddle; where, when and how to play fills; how to take a break with melody vs. improvisation. I will also open the class up to questions about anything fiddle!
Skill Level: Open to all

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Backing Up Songwriters on Bass

Bryn Davies (Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band)
Learn to create melodic bass lines while providing solid rhythm to compliment any songwriter.
Skill Level: Open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Introduction to Bluegrass Fiddle

Mary Maas
What’s the special sauce that makes a fiddle sound “bluegrassy"? We’ll talk about (and sample!) some of the key ingredients.
Skill Level: Beginner

friday February 24 (continued)

Laurel
10:00am - 11:00am

Beginning Bluegrass Dobro

Greg Maass
We will work on fundamentals of the right hand, left hand, putting it all together, and the role of the instrument when playing with others in a group. Skill Level: Beginner

11:15am - 12:15pm

Tailoring a Banjo Practice

Brian Alley (Never Come Down)
Make the most of your practice time by avoiding dead ends, and focusing on what bears fruit.
Skill Level: Open to all.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Navigating the Bass-ics: Simple, Creative, Fun

Ben Ticknor (Never Come Down)
Simple and creative ways to develop your bass playing. Talk through warm ups and techniques to stay loose and reduce the risk of injury and get the best sound out of your instrument.
Skill Level: Open to all

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Newgrass Mandolin

Matt Flinner (Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band)
We’ll look at some “newgrass” rhythms and talk about soloing using blues and jazz-influenced ideas on a couple of songs by John Hartford. We'll look at rhythmic ideas as a basis for both lead and backup in the hopes of finding new musical directions to explore.
Skill Level: Intermediate

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Introduction to Playing Mandolin

Carol Martin
Before you achieve your goal playing this versatile instrument, you need to know the mechanics and techniques: picking, placements, chording, fingering, and strengthening exercises. Skill Level: Beginner

Madrona
11:15am - 12:15pm

Guitar: Bluegrass Rhythm & Lead Techniques

Greg Linder (Runaway Train)
We will discuss the basics of learning and playing bluegrass style rhythm and leads, and why some methods work well while others don’t.
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Beginning Mandolin

Ricky Gene Powell (DeadGrass Acoustic Labratory)
No experience necessary, and we will learn a tune!
Skill Level: Beginner

Maple
10:00am - 11:00am

Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

Don Share
Learn to play basic bluegrass rhythm guitar out of the G, D, and D shapes. We'll focus on rhythm technique, bass runs, and bluegrass rhythm "punctuation."
Skill level: Beginner - Intermediate

11:15am - 12:15pm

The Mandolin According to Jake

Jacob Jolliff (Jacob Jolliff Band)
Jake will discuss his approach to right and left hand technique, mastering the fingerboard, and becoming fluent in bluegrass and jazz.
Skill Level: Open to all

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Bluegrass Improvisation for All Instruments

Stash Wyslouch (Jacob Jolliff Band)
Get some tips on practicing improvisation, re-arranging traditional material and finding your own voice as a picker. This will be done through demonstration and participation.
Skill Level: Open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

User-friendly Beyond Beginner Jam

Rob Bulkley
No longer a beginner but still prefer safety in numbers? This is the jam for you!
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - Intermediate

Regency
8:30am - 9:30am

Festival Yoga

Lucy Weberling

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mystical Improvisational Portal

Rushad Eggleston (Fiddlers Four)
Wherein Rushadicus will blast a fast note tunnel through the dimensional walls so the fun beings can come in who bring bubbling language, adventurous melody, and resounding triumph for all present. Translation: Rushad will play cello and kazoo and do his weird goblin singing.
Skill Level: Open to all

Saturday February 25

Auditorium
11:15am - 12:15pm

Singalong With Joe Troop In Two Languages

Joe Troop (Joe Craven and Joe Troop)
Joe Troop will play and lead a singalong of an assortment of songs from across the Americas in both English and Spanish, and maybe even a a mix of the two. All skill levels welcome! All you will need is willingness to sing!

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Folk Choir

Ricky Gene Powell and Peter Rothbart
Folk Choir is an open, welcoming community choir led by very friendly folks.We will be singing American folk, gospel, sea shanties, and simple chorus songs.
Skill Level: Open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Live Performance Masterclass

Vicki Green (Performing Artist Coach)
Several acts will be chosen in class to perform a song and receive on-the-spot coaching. Bring your instruments and song, or come to observe.
Skill Level: Open to all

Cedar
10:00am - 4:00pm

Never-Too-Late Academy

Tom Petersen and Cliff Perry
All day program for beginning musicians. Separate registration required.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Never-Too-Late Academy

Tom Petersen and Cliff Perry
All day program for beginning musicians. Separate registration required.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Never-Too-Late Academy

Tom Petersen and Cliff Perry
All day program for beginning musicians. Separate registration required.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Never-Too-Late Academy

Tom Petersen and Cliff Perry
All day program for beginning musicians. Separate registration required.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Never-Too-Late Academy

Tom Petersen and Cliff Perry
All day program for beginning musicians. Separate registration required.

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Evergreen
11:15am - 1:15pm

The Slide Show: Slide guitar discussion/demonstration

Jerry Douglas, Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar and John James Tourville (The Deslondes)
A discussion and demonstration of different styles of slide guitar playing: Dobro, lap steel, bottleneck, pedal steel

11:15am - 1:15pm

The Slide Show: Slide guitar discussion/demonstration

Jerry Douglas, Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar and John James Tourville (The Deslondes)
A discussion and demonstration of different styles of slide guitar playing: Dobro, lap steel, bottleneck, pedal steel

1:45pm - 3:00pm

Fretboard Journal Vintage Instrument Tasting

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Vintage instrument tasting, tba

Juniper
10:00am - 11:00am

Polska 101

Amy Hakanson
Crash course on Swedish/Scandinavian tunes. All instruments.
Skill Level: Open to all

11:15am - 12:15pm

Approaching a Melody on Mandolin

Adrian Gross (Slocan Ramblers)
We’ll learn how to take a melody and turn it into a unique and personal statement using techniques like double stops, cross picking, tremolo and chord melody to dress it up.
Skill level: Intermediate

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Take Two - Arranging for a Duo

Julian Smedley
A brief tour of ideas and techniques used in musical arrangements of American Songbook Standards.
Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Flatpicking on the Guitar

Roger Ferguson
Building solos while moving between basic chords.
Skill Level: Intermediate

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mandolin's Role in Torch & Tang

Ricky Gene Powell (Acoustic Labratory)
We will learn a tune that illustrates the role of the Mandolin in Torch & Twang
Skill Level: Intermediate

Larch
10:00am - 11:00am

Cajun Duets

Cedric Watson & Dirk Powell
Instrumental workshop focused on Louisiana double fiddle and fiddle/accordion traditions.
Skill Level: Open to all

11:15am - 12:15pm

Bluegrass Bass

Charles James (Slocan Ramblers)
In this workshop we’ll be looking at how to efficiently navigate the fingerboard, develop ease of playability through technique, explore different ways of outlining changes in both a supportive and soloistic context, and whatever else participants may be curious to learn!
Skill level: open to all.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Approaching Improv On the Guitar

Nick Weitzenfeld (Tray Wellington Band)
Learn techniques for connecting the sounds in your head to the notes you play on the guitar. This workshop will not focus on licks or "escape routes" through common bluegrass chord changes, but rather the mindset and application of less tangible concepts that will allow you to stay present and spontaneously creative during your solos.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Introduction to Bluesy Bluegrass Banjo

Dale Adkins
We’ll apply simple blues ideas, and explore rolls and phrases that make for easy but effective banjo backup.
Skill Level: Beginner

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Creative Vocal Play

Crystal Lariza (Never Come Down)
Explore the dynamics of your voice through creative play. Skill Level: Open to all

SATURday February 26th (CONTINUED)

Laurel
10:00am - 11:00am

In the Moment and Without a Net

Joe Craven
In music making, creativity, and life in general, while spending time preparing for the outcomes, make sure you spend time preparing for whatever may come. Joe can help.
Skill Level: Open to all

11:15am - 12:15pm

All Things Bluegrass Guitar

Darryl Poulsen (Slocan Ramblers)
Let’s talk about everything related to playing bluegrass guitar. Rhythm guitar styles and lead playing, what you need to know on the bandstand, our favorite guitar players, rest strokes, tension, how to practice, strings, picks, capos, etc.
Skill Level: Open to all

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Bluegrass Fiddle

Shad Cobb (Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band)
In this workshop we’ll play thru a few classic bluegrass fiddle kicks/solos in the style of Benny Martin and Chubby Wise. Discuss double stops, backing up a vocalist, playing long lines as well as chopping.
Skill Level: Open to all

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Learn the Rattlin' Bones

Ben Hunter
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bones'in time! You'll learn basic and advanced technique (depending on the level), and ways to use your natural rhythm to affect your bones playing. This is a fun and accessible instrument that can be annoying if played wrong, but a perfect compliment to any music, if played right. Ben will provide some bones to use during the workshop.
Skill Level: Open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mandolin: Construction a Bluegrass Style Solo

Tom Moran
We’ll take a standard bluegrass melody and use different techniques (patterns, licks, double stops, cross-picking, etc.) to construct a solo over the chord changes.
Skill Level: Intermediate

Madrona
10:00am - 11:00am

Expand Your Mandolin Technique

Josiah Nelson (Tray Wellington Band)
Learn how to incorporate and blend new mandolin techniques into your playing to expand your musical palette.
Skill Level: Intermediate

11:15am - 12:15pm

Banjo: Picking and Singing Simutaneously

Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers)
In this workshop you will learn how to build a series of rolls, chord shapes, and right hand rhythms that will take your ability to play and sing at the same time to the next level. We will start with the most basic rolls to get anyone who is new to this concept up and running. Once we have a clear understanding of how to pick and sing at the same time we will continue to introduce new concepts so that you will be covered for any tempo, meter, or mode. There will be specific practice routines and tablature provided.
Skill Level: Open to all

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Face the Music: Using Roots Music to Confront Racism

Joe Seamons
In this discussion-based session, participants will learn about the stories of early musical pioneers such as Arnold Shultz and DeFord Bailey, and discuss how we can draw vital lessons about American racism from these stories. This discussion will take place in a brave space--where people are encouraged to be vulnerable, take risks, and thoughtfully voice the questions that they aren't sure how to tackle. Participants will learn tools for addressing racism in their own bodies, families, communities, and workplaces. Skill Level: Open to all

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Beyond ‘G’: Strategies for Keys on the Dobro

Bob Knetzger
We’ll take a song and explore how to choose different keys and positions.
Skill Level: Intermediate

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Everything You Wanted to Know about Bluegrass Jam Etiquette, But Were Afraid to Ask

Dale Adkins, Suz Adkins, Don Share
We'll describe and and answer questions about the "unwritten rules" that govern bluegrass jams, and that can often seem intimidating.
Skill Level: Open to all

Maple
10:00am - 11:00am

Bass Intentionality

Katelyn Lowe (Tray Wellington Band)
Critical thought isn’t just important for lead instruments, but is also vital for bassists. In this workshop we will discuss how to be self aware and intentional with what we play on bass, and how we play it. We will discuss tone, technique, note length, note choice, timing, etc. We will also discuss habits to build to help us prevent injury from playing the bass.
Skill Level: Intermediate

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Unlocking Your Guitar Voice

Joe Suskind (Never Come Down)
Unlock ideas, identify resistance in your playing, and remove blocks through exploration of right hand techniques. Skill Level: open to all

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mandolin and Guitar Ergonomics

Kaden Hurst (Never Come Down)
How to keep your body happy while playing.
Skill Level: Open to alll

Regency
8:30am - 9:30am

Festival Yoga

Lucy Weberling

10:00am - 11:00am

Puget Sound Guitar Annual Workshop Presents: Songwriting

Bruce Blood & Friends
There are as many ways to write songs as there are songwriters. I, along with a guest or two, will share what works for us, then invite you to do the same.
Skill Level: Open to all

PO BOX 2024, MILTON, WA 98354

(253) 428-8056

Wintergrass is a production of Acoustic Sound, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. EIN: 91-2103544
all photos copyright Maria Camillo