Wintergrass 2011 still space in both Educator Seminars and the Guitar, Banjo and Songwriting Intensives. For more information on the the educator seminars here is the link http://www.acousticsound.org/education.html
These programs are in coordination with Wintergrass at a special price. These programs are more intensive in their instructions than the workshops that are included in the Wintergrass 2011 tickets. Here is the link to the schedule of those workshops. http://www.acousticsound.org/index.html
Guitar Intensive with Josh Williams
February 24, 2011, 1-4pm
Study intermediate guitar with six-time SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year and 2008, 2009 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Josh Williams. Josh toured Special Consensus, went on to work with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage from 2003-2007, currently plays with the Tony Rice Unit and now fronts his own Josh Williams Band.
Banjo Intensive with Ron Stewart
February 24, 2011, 1-4pm
Multi-instrumental threat Ron Stewart is one of the most sought after session players in the genre’s history, and is in high demand as an engineer and producer. In his thirty-three years of playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin, Ron has performed with a who’s who of bluegrass, including Lynn Morris, Curly Seckler, JD Crowe and The New South, followed by a stint as a member of the Dan Tyminski Band and most recently with The Boxcars.
Songwriting Intensive with Tim Stafford
This will be a six-hour, intensive class in songwriting, covering all aspects of the craft and art: lyric writing, melody, rhythm, harmony, making memorable and lasting songs. We will cover the following topics according to class interest:
•How do they do it (An examination of selected songwriters and how they approach songwriting)
•New guitar chords you can use to make your songs different
•Saying exactly what needs to be said in a song; knowing what to put in and to leave out
•Composing melodies that match lyrics
•The business of songwriting—how to make money doing this! Learn how to pitch songs.
•This will be a “hands-on” class and we will attempt to write our own song in the course of the day!
Tim Stafford is an Award-winning songwriter, guitarist and producer. His song “Through the Window of a Train” (written with Steve Gulley) won IBMA song of the year in 2008, recorded by his band Blue Highway, which has been together since 1994 with the same members. Over 125 of Tim’s songs have been recorded. He won a Grammy Award in 1993 with Alison Krauss and Union Station for Every Time You Say Goodbye. He’s also won eleven IBMA Awards, two SPBGMA Awards and a Dove Award, and is nominated for both Guitar Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the 2011 SPBGMA Awards held in Nashville. He also wrote the authorized biography of guitar legend Tony Rice, Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story (Word of Mouth Press, 2010) with author Caroline Wright.