The Handmade Music School presents a back-up guitar workshop with John Schwab on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Cost is $30.
John’s classes and workshops include hands-on learning, based on careful listening to classic performances from the 78 rpm era. By using recordings that have been pitch-adjusted and slowed down digitally, students learn to identify and to imitate the characteristic riffs used by the very best backup guitar players of the 1920s and 1930s. Through learning these classic backup arrangements, students develop a “toolbox” of techniques that can be used for backing up all sorts of old- time tunes – related or not. As master old-time musician Dan Gellert has said, “…the only way to develop your own style is by … imitation of good models.”
We’ll also talk about things like style in old-time backup; chord selection; and you’ll learn lots of interesting factoids about old-time musicians from long ago!
Visit John’s website for more information or to purchase one of John’s books. https://www.backupguitar.com
“John’s workshops are not to be missed. While the book is great, what John can share in a workshop really brings it to life – lots more insights that you can’t just put into a book; what’s behind the chord and run choices of various players; etc. Ideas that you can put to use right away”.— Howard Weinberg
“John Schwab is a real motivator to get cracking on old time guitar back up. I’m really enjoying his class and getting a lot out of it. Feel like I have some essential tools to continue studying post Cowan Creek. Yay!!”— Barbara Rosner
“John Schwab has not only thoroughly analyzed old-time backup guitar as played by the great masters, but he has developed a straightforward and easy way to teach people the essence and nuance of what he has learned. Though I’ve played and listened to old-time music for decades, John has opened my ears in new ways to what those great guitarists were actually doing and how they did it. How exciting!”— Jay Ungar