Handmade Music School Workshops offer unique learning experiences in music or dance with master teachers at the Floyd Country Store. The workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals. Register today for a shorter 1-2 hour workshop, an all-day learning experience, or a multi-day camp!

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The Handmade Music School presents an intermediate/advanced guitar workshop with Trevor McKenzie – All About Those Bass (Runs) on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm.  Cost is $30.

This workshop will focus on developing thundering bass runs and driving rhythm on guitar in a string band setting, behind fiddle/banjo, and singing. We will take inspiration from elder string band and solo guitar players from the southwest Virginia/western North Carolina area. Attention will be paid to placing bass runs around tune melodies and using the guitar to provide a steady rhythm as well as drive/interplay with other instruments. Teaching will be predominantly by ear, however, recording is encouraged and time will be taken to break down runs and melodies.

About the Teacher

Trevor McKenzie is a fiddle/guitar/banjo player and singer currently residing in Deep Gap, North Carolina. He has taught workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Old-Time Week, Stringendo Summer Strings, and is an instructor in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. Most recently, his music has been featured on the album Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition (2017) and in the film After Coal (2016)—the soundtrack of which was featured on BBC Front Row. He is an archivist in the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University where he works to preserve field recordings, ballad collections, and a host of other materials related to the history of the Appalachian region.

*Minimum required. Workshop is subject to cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. Please sign up ahead. We appreciate your understanding!


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