Classes 2019

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Antsy McClain Classes

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Songwriter Antsy McClain is widely acknowledged for “finding the sublime in the mundane.” (Music Row Magazine) From a roadside litter collector to a Waffle House waitress, McClain paints delicate, thoughtful portraits of the ordinary people he observes and the lives they lead. In this workshop, he’ll explain the rhymes and reasons of his process.

Write “Naked,” Edit “Clothed”
Hemingway famously said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Songwriter Antsy McClain has said, albeit un-famously, “Write naked, edit clothed.” Vulnerability is important, especially when writing memoirs or anything autobiographical, and nude writing has been known to loosen the binds that might tighten up a writer, keeping them from exposing parts of themselves to their work. In this workshop, McClain thankfully remains clothed, but discusses the importance of vulnerability as an artist.

Rachel Garlin Classes

Writing What’s In the Room
There’s no need to look very far for song ideas or content. In this workshop, we’ll write what’s in the room (physically, emotionally, musically, spiritually) and un-spool a song in real time. We’ll start by writing a group song in 45 minutes or less. Then, you’ll have a chance to do the same on your own or in small groups. We’ll use tried and true principles to write a “quick first draft” without overthinking or belaboring. Once the song idea starts unraveling, your song is traveling, and the inner critic has no time to pitch in. If this process sounds different from how you usually write, you will feel liberated and inspired to write more in less time and capture the really good stuff before you can shut it down. Open to writers of ALL levels and experiences. We are all in this together.

Talking Through a Tin-Can Telephone
Childhood Lens, Grown-Up Songs
If you’re looking for rich material that’s close to your heart (but not over-used), explore some of the formative relationships from your childhood or youth. Think about your neighbors, coaches, piano teachers, the lunch lady, the crossing guard, buddies, siblings, or other folks who came along and made an impression on you. In this class, we’ll get into character as our younger selves and explore a relationship from that perspective. Using a childhood lens (while still writing for an adult audience) will allow you to access new, imaginative language while re-capturing old conversations and drawing new breath from an age-old connection. The results can be magical.

Mare Wakefield and Nomad Classes

Sensory Songwriting
Imagery is an important aspect of songwriting, and a critical tool for helping listeners feel more connected to your song. Award-winning songwriter Mare Wakefield discusses the importance of using all five senses in songwriting. The first half of the class we will discuss various examples of sensory references in songs. In the second half of the class, we will come up with examples together as a group. Example: “Let’s think of a sensory-laden way to say ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m lonely.’”

Turkish Music Workshop
Pianist and percussionist Nomad Ovunc leads a workshop introducing the basic elements of Turkish music. Born in Central Turkey, Nomad’s first musical experiences were steeped in the complex melodies and odd rhythms of Turkish music. His subsequent training in Classical music (Istanbul State Conservatory) and jazz (Berklee College of Music, Boston) gives him the unique ability to illustrate the many ways in which Turkish music differs from Western styles, and what makes Turkish music sound “different” or “exotic” to Western ears.

Rebecca Troon Classes

Vocal Care & Fitness
Warm It Up and Work It Out. Vocals with Troonie includes Toning, Harmony, discovering & opening your voice. “We’ll raise the roof and let the birds out”.

Troonie Tuning, Toning & Harmony
“Everything I know about singing, harmony, and toning I learned from Penny Nichols, Sloan Wainwright, and Florence Riggs.” That pretty much sings it all.

Dale LaDuke Classes

Borrow from the Beatles to Enhance Your Song
From Dale’s Beatle brain to yours; explore songs, chords, and melodies on the uke using Beatles repertoire, and borrow tried and true tricks you can apply to your own songs-in-progress.  

Songwriting on the Piano
You may play guitar when you write, or perhaps you play piano. No matter your axe, this class will show you how the keyboard can bring new slants, changes, and sophistication to your chords and melodies.

Harmony Choir with Stan DeWitt and Dale LaDuke
Dale and Stan lead the camp Harmony Choir every morning at the Crafts Lodge. If you like to sing, this is for you. If you’ve never sung, this is for you as well. Learn special pieces with fellow campers, then perform them at Sunday night “Coffee House.” It’s a lot of fun, can be quite theatrical, and is a yearly camp favorite. If you join the Choir, please do all three sessions and the performance!

Severin Browne Classes

Guitar Secrets—Peer-to-Peer Trick Trading
Severin and Mike lead a guitar riff, trick, and chord swapping session. Other students and teachers with a trick or technique to share can contribute. Borrow cool stuff from each other. Bass runs, lead licks and patterns, finger picking, flat picking, harmonics, cool chord progressions, easy middle neck positions, alternative tunings. Anything goes, play electric or acoustic. Some electric guitars and amps are provided to explore your inner electric animal. 

Song Finishing
Severin and students and other coaches sit down for a “song-finishing session.” Break out your half-songs, and almost-finished-songs, for final touches, bridge ideas, to shore up that third verse or try out a chord or melody twist, and help your song along!

Michael McNevin Classes

Mike’s Free Writing, Phrase Rhyming & Non Sequiturs.  
Generate fresh song content with phrase rhyming and non-sequiturs by connecting the dots. Reveal new song starts, ends, and middles. Open up to odd and interesting topics, places, characters, and angles – fiction or fact. Discover quick and unexpected lyrical surprises in yourself and your songs. Leave class with an idea doggy bag.

Peer-to-Peer Guitar Trick Trading
Severin and Mike lead a guitar riff, trick, and chord swapping session. Other students and teachers with a trick or technique to share can contribute. Borrow cool stuff from each other. Bass runs, lead licks and patterns, finger picking, flat picking, harmonics, cool chord progressions, easy middle neck positions, alternative tunings. Anything goes, play electric or acoustic. Some electric guitars and amps are provided to explore your inner electric animal. 

Mark Dann Classes

Running the Basses
Accompany anybody on the bass in one class? Yes, it can be done. Bring a bass if you have it, or just a guitar if not. If anyone coming to camp has a spare bass to loan to others, that would be great too.

Garageband 101
Have a Mac? Then you have Garageband and you can record yourself on it.

Song Charts and Cheat Sheets
A lyric sheet with chords writing above it only works if you already know how the song goes. What if you need a chart to give to somebody else?  Or even just so that you can remember how your own song goes?  All this and more.

Stan DeWitt Classes

Harmony Choir with Stan & Dale
Dale and Stan lead the camp Harmony Choir every morning at 11:30 in the Crafts Lodge. On Friday the choir will learn a song, to be performed on Sunday night at Coffeehouse. Saturday the class will break up to form multiple duos or trios to experience harmony and duo dynamics. It will include a class visit by the “Late For The Train” duo, to give students pointers. Duos are encouraged to try arranging their own originals, or any other song of their choosing. Sunday in the Crafts Lodge the choir will run through the main choir song for Coffeehouse, and also share their duet songs with each other. If you like to sing, this is for you. If you’ve never sung, this is for you. Singing with fellow campers is a lot of fun. It can be quite theatrical, without being too scary—strength in numbers! If you join the Choir, try to do all three sessions and the performance—it’s a highlight of camp every year!

Late for the Train

The Dynamics of Duos
Q and A on how duets do it so well. Learn about the process of finding a harmony with a singing partner and the three-prong approach to harmony, arrangement, and writing. This is a class co-taught by Dave Pascoe and Laura Benson from “Late for the Train,” with Mare Wakefield and Nomad from Nashville joining them. Watch these dynamic duos weave their magic with harmonies, fiddles, mandolin, guitar, keyboard, accordion, and melodica.

Crashing the Choir with “Late For The Train”
Laura and Dave will be popping into the Choir class on day #2 to help out with “DeWitt’s Duets.” Stan DeWitt’s choir will be pairing and tripling up as duets and trios. Laura and Dave sit in as coaches and offer up tips on vocal and instrument arranging for duos. 

Russell Brutsche

Colors and Chords
There’s a long history of songs inspired by paintings–Mona Lisa and Starry Starry Night are but two of many. Come see my art! I’ll share a song inspired by one of his paintings, and maybe a snatch of more well-known, art-inspired music, and then we can all try creating or co-creating a verse or two of our own.

Linda Patterson

Watercolor Your World—Painting on the Lawn
Take an afternoon art class! All levels encouraged to explore art/painting. Play with the rhythm of the earth, gather inspiration from the pines and Pacific Ocean. You’ll be surprised at what you experience. Using a variety of examples in water media, Linda will give personal guidance to nurture your creativity and listen to your own voice. Bring your own painting supplies if you have them. Everyone welcome! If you don’t have supplies there will be a limited amount available to share.
Suggested Supplies:
Water color paints: “Reeves” brand 12 tube box – available at Michael’s $10.
—Water color brushes: round #6 and 1/2″ flat. Water color paper: 140lb.