workshops

Wintergrass 2022 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 24th – Intensives (separate registration required)

Auditorium
9am-12pm
Intensive

Ed Snodderly Songwriting: Coming Across The Mountain With A Song

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Evergreen D-F
9am-12pm
Intensive

Grant Gordy Opening Our Ears: the Principles and Skills of Being an Improviser (all instr.)

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Evergreen G
9am-12pm
Intensive

Darol Anger Fiddle: Bluegrass & Beyond

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Evergreen I
9am-12pm
Intensive

Joe K Walsh Mandolin: Dawg Style

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Juniper
9am-12pm
Intensive

Marcy Marxer Ukulele: Jumpstart

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Laurel
9am-12pm
Intensive

Cathy Fink Guitar: Maybelle Carter Iconic Guitar Style

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Eli West Guitar: Flatpicking a Melody with Confidence

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Madrona
9am-12pm
Intensive

Bruce Molsky Fiddle:
Old-Time Fiddle

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Jake Blount Banjo: A Comprehensive Introduction to Clawhammer Banjo

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Maple
9am-12pm
Intensive

Missy Raines Bass: Fundamentals, and more!

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1pm-4pm
Intensive

Mike Block All Instruments: Play it by Ear

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Thursday February 24th

Cedar
5pm

Slow Jam Workshop

Tom Petersen & Cliff Perry

Larch
Laurel
6pm - 11pm

Montana Roots

Sponsored jam

Juniper
6pm - 11pm

Oregon Bluegrass Assoc.

Sponsored jam

Auditorium
3:30pm - 5pm

Thompson Guitars Presents a Film:

The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan

friday February 25th

Auditorium
11:00am - 1:00pm

"All Wigged Out" - A Film

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Post-movie discussion immediately following: "Wintergrass Cancer Survivors discuss Music as a Healing Art," with Cathy & Marcy, Auntmama & Ricky Gene Powell

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Thompson Guitars Presents a Film:

The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan

Evergreen D-F
10:00am - 11:00am

Single Microphone Dynamics

Never Come Down
Dive into the unique world of single mic performance. Learn about group dynamics, blending and how to do “the dance” with an ensemble.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Mandolin and Guitar Ergonomics

Kaden Hurst
How to keep your body happy while playing.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Start with One Note, End up with a Full Solo

Sharon Gilchrist
We'll go through the paces of creating a full bluegrass mandolin solo starting with only one note. Stone Soup for your Mandolin Soul-o. Skill level: beginning to intermediate

1:45pm - 2:45pm

WAMA Presents: Earl Scruggs in 50 Minutes

Tony Trischka
We will work on timing and getting more clarity and solidity into your playing. We’ll also explore some of the subtleties in Scruggs-style, including playing the syllables, as well as back-up. All levels are welcome.

Evergreen G
11:15am - 12:15pm

Tailoring a Banjo Practice

Brian Alley
Make the most of your practice time by avoiding dead ends, and focussing on what bears fruit.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Swing /Jazz improvisation for the Bluegrass Guitar Player

Tim Lerch
Using Tim’s Arpeggio up - Scale down method, learn to improvise more confidently on swing tunes featuring common jazz chord progressions.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Bluegrass Fiddle Basics

Deanie Richardson
We will learn improve tools, basic bluegrass solos, improve your vocabulary of licks, get your best vibrato. Students will walk away with solos to some bluegrass standards, better vibrato, many “generic” bluegrass fiddle licks, how to convert licks to fills, more confidence to step into a jam session. All levels welcome.

Evergreen H
11:15am - 12:15pm

Creative Vocal Play

Crystal Lariza
Explore the dynamics of your voice through creative play.

12:30am - 1:30pm

Fiddle & Accordion

Michael Gray & David Lange
The Conversation - Accordion and Violin duets. Lots of ideas and schemes for all varieties of the Instrumental Duo. All levels welcome.

1:45am - 2:45pm

Double Stops on the Fiddle - Intermediate

Patrick McGonigle
In this class, we will think about how double stops work, some of the most common shapes, how to move these shapes around the fiddle, and how to apply double stops to both your soloing and comping patterns.

Evergreen I
11:15am - 12:15pm

Unlocking Your Guitar Voice

Joe Suskind
Unlock ideas, identify resistance in your playing, and remove blocks through exploration of right hand techniques.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Switching Between Mandolin and Guitar

Eric Davis
We'll explore common licks on the guitar and mandolin. Skill level: intermediate to advanced

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Mandolin Workshop, Play a Tune. Q & A

Maddie Witler
Topics will include technique, improvisation, playing in a band. Skill level: beginning to intermediate.

friday February 25th (continued)

Juniper
11:15am - 12:15pm

Basic Rhythm Guitar 101

Peter Rothbart
The workshop covers common open chords used in bluegrass, provides an introduction to various strumming techniques and patterns, and offers songs and exercises to help you practice and improve on your own. Printed materials provided. Skill level: beginner to intermediate.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Beginning Old-Time Banjo

Colin Klein
Students will learn an old-time banjo tune. Printed materials provided. Students will walk away having learned two American old time banjo tunes in two different tunings. Skill level: beginner to intermediate.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Beginning Old-Time Mandolin

Ricky Gene Powell
Students will learn an old time mandolin tune. Printed materials provided. Students will walk away having learned an American old time era mandolin song. Skill level: Beginning to Intermediate

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Music Method For All Instruments

Ricky Gene Powell
Learn the way music really works, clearly and simply explained. Printed materials provided. Students will walk away with a very good understanding of the basic principles of music and how they function. All instruments. All skill levels.

6pm - 11pm

Oregon Bluegrass Assoc.

Sponsored jam

Larch
11:15am - 12:15pm

Old-Time Fiddling

George Jackson
Topics will include technique, improvisation, playing in a band. Skill Level: beginning to intermediate.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Jamming Dynamics

Dale Adkins, Suz Adkins, and Don Share
Everything you wanted to know about jamming but were afraid to ask.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Get to Know Your Bass

Vickie Vaughn
Half the battle of musicianship is getting to know your instrument. This workshop will describe the ins and outs of basic bass technique, timing, genre stylings, and some very valuable tricks I’ve learned from the bass greats!

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Basic Rhythm Guitar 102

Peter Rothbart
The workshop covers common open chords used in bluegrass, provides an introduction to various strumming techniques and patterns, and offers songs and exercises to help you practice and improve on your own. Student will walk away with a basic understanding of strumming techniques and examples for further practice. Printed materials provided. Skill level: beginner to intermediate.

Laurel
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Hot Club Jazz Jam Session

Jim Char
All instruments, all levels. Jim hosts a workshop/jam in the style of Django Reinhardt and Hot Club Swing.

6pm - 11pm

Montana Roots

Sponsored jam

Regency
8:30am - 9:30am

Festival Yoga

Lucy Weberling

11:15am - 12:15pm

The Art of Sounding Old in a Modern World

Brother Boys
Looking to see what we can get into that helps one get closer to finding their own voice and singing about their interest and passion. Possibly a new song or at least a new idea for a song. A positive outcome to approaching song ideas and to identify new paths that unlock creative doors. All levels welcome.

Saturday February 26th

Auditorium
3:00pm - 5:00pm

"All Wigged Out" - A Film

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Post-movie discussion immediately following: "Wintergrass Cancer Survivors discuss Music as a Healing Art," with Cathy & Marcy, Auntmama & Ricky Gene Powell

Cedar
10:00am - 11:00am

Arrangements While You Wait

Farmstrong
Taking a song and "Farmstronging" it: how to arrange songs.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Introspective Songwriting

Jim Faddis
How to Write a Song from Start to Finish

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Songwriting for the Mildly Curious

Kristen Grainger & Dan Wetzel
Ever wonder how to write a song? Singer-songwriters Kristin Grainger and Dan Wetzel will share their songcraft process in a low-key, interactive format.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Musical Menagerie

David Keenan & Nova Devonie
Demonstration of styles and influences that make the Miles and Karina sound.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

From Mali to Handsome Molly: Cross-Pollinating Music

Joe Craven & Mamajowali
Folk music is based on mixing different cultures and ideas through travel and technology. MJW will give you ideas on how it works for them, and for you.

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Songwriting Crash Course For Teens

Ailisa Newhall
Find your voice as a songwriter with a crash course in the basics. Explore various lyric writing prompts, melodic inspiration, chord structure, and song form. Participate in fun, easy, and collaborative exercises where students of all levels and experience will find success. The workshop will end with an open-mic to share any songs or ideas you bring to or create during the workshop!

Juniper
11:15am - 12:15pm

Fingerpicking Round-Neck Resonator Guitar

Cort Armstrong
We'll explore how fingerpicking guitarists can play in jams and take solos. Intermediate to advanced fingerstyle guitarists will benefit the most from the workshops, but all levels are welcome.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Bass Duties for Western Swing

Michael Noticello
How to play swing-appropriate bass lines and solos.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Taking Your Bass Playing to the Next Level

Josh Adkins
We'll explore the musical toolbag available to bass players and discuss how best to use those tools. Skill level: intermediate to advanced

6pm - 11pm

Oregon Bluegrass Assoc.

Sponsored jam

Larch
10:00am - 11:00am

Walking the Bass Lines

Aidan O'Donnell
Learn how to create satisfying walking lines without breaking a sweat. Students will learn the technical and harmonic foundations required to effortlessly improvise their own walking lines at any tempo. Bass Technique-Improve & Increase Speed Your Tempo. Skill level: intermediate to advanced

11:15am - 12:15pm

Diversity in Bluegrass

Nefesh Mountain
A musical discussion with Doni & Eric about the ongoing importance of Roots Music in the 21st Century through their perspective, music, and journey which is an unexpected mix; deeply rooted in iconic sounds of Bluegrass and Appalachian traditions, while drawing from their heritage and background as Jewish Americans.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Western Swing Accordion

Toby Hanson
How to squeeze your box into classic Western Swing

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Advanced Flatpick Lead Guitar

Dale Adkins
We will examine patterns on the fingerboard and learn how to connect different chord shapes to melodies.

Maple
11:15am - 12:15pm

A Music Social

Ricky Gene Powell
Creating Social Music Gatherings. Distinctly different than festivals, concerts, or other public events. Learn how to create, develop, promote, and lead successful social music gatherings from living room jams & open mics to picking circles and beyond! Printed materials provided. All skill levels, all instruments.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Intermediate Flatpick Lead Guitar

Roger Ferguson
Learn to play breaks on bluegrass songs in the C and G position.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Old Time Rhythm Guitar: Bass Runs & Chord Inversions

Yusuf Kilgore
Spruce up your old time chordal backup playing by learning bass runs & chord inversions. Printed material provided Skill level: beginner to intermediate

3:00pm - 4:00pm

What's Old is New Again

Ricky Gene Powell & Yusuf Kilgore
Demonstration of “Old Time Styles” and the evolution of these styles into modern song forms.

Regency
8:30am - 9:30am

Festival Yoga

Lucy Weberling

10:00am - 12:00pm

Fretboard Journal Presents Vintage Instruments

Kenny Smith & Dale Adkins
Guitar virtuosos demonstrate fine vintage instruments

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Interview with Peter Rowan

Interviewed by Rob Newsom

SATURday February 26th (CONTINUED)

Laurel
11:15am - 12:15pm

From Song Idea to Performance

Josh Adkins
The workshop will explore the process of taking a musical idea and transforming it into a piece worthy of performance. All skill levels welcome.

6pm - 11pm

Montana Roots

Sponsored jam

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