Friday, February 15th to Monday, February 18th, 2013
Ready to Register? YES!
Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, NY
Cost: $479.00 (if you register before 12/01/12. $499.00 after 1/1/13)
[plan to arrive by 3pm on Friday and leave on Monday by noon]Hi Everyone!
Welcome to our 12th annual winter gathering, guaranteed to warm your spirits in any kind of winter chill! The beautiful Ashokan Center (where SummerSongs began in 1999) once again provides the backdrop for a fun-filled and jam-packed weekend (literally!), complete with S'mores, campfires, and some of the finest camp food you'll ever eat. Instructors include perennial favorites Penny Nichols, David Roth and Sloan Wainwright and in 2012 we will welcome our own lovely Julie Snow to camp as a songwriting teacher and the fabulous guitarist Beppe Gambetta for the first time! We are thrilled to have them with us, Join us! And don't forget - EVERY camp brings a wealth of information and experience from our students too, so be prepared for a weekend you'll never forget with old and new friends.
Instructors for 2013:
Click on an instructor's name for a short description of their classes. Some bios are still in the works...
Instructors & Classes
"Introduction to the Flatpicking Style"
This class is designed to introduce beginning to intermediate guitar players to flatpicking guitar style ala Beppe. You need a minimum basic guitar knowledge, how to strum, how to play some simple chords, and some ability to read or to learn to read tablature. This class is a real opportunity for all of us SummerSongs students to sit at the feet of a master guitarist and learn something new!
"How to give a new life to a song with a creative arrangement"
This class is for intermediate to advanced guitarists and it is about how to give a better guitar arrangement to an existing song. For example: chose the better key for your voice, use a different tuning, chose a new speed and new rhythm groove, invent an introduction and a refrain, give different spaces between verses, invent a solo, and so on and on with different examples... some knowledge of guitar tablature would be helpful.
Have you ever wanted to learn to sing in harmony better, how to do it and where it is appropriate in a song? You will have a chance to experience for yourself the fun and unique qualities of singing in harmony and how to begin to master the skills needed to sing in harmony well. You will learn listening techniques, how to recognize chordal relationships and how harmony fits into a melodic landscape. Don't miss the fun of singing in harmony with your pals at WinterSongs!
Vocal Technique:I will be teaching basic singing skills for anyone who would like to explore singing in a relaxed and friendly setting. You will learn exercises to relax your body and prepare for singing, to work with pitch perception and tone as well as exercises to strengthen your voice and to use your body to resonate sound. You will leave with a whole new set of tools to help you become the singer you want to be!
For more info on Penny visit: www.pennynichols.com
Introduction to Songwriting
Veteran singer/songwriter Julie Snow will be teaching a friendly and interesting beginning class in songwriting at WinterSongs this year. You will be introduced to the songwriting process. You will have the opportunity to write lyrics and create a melody for your song. By the end of this class, you will understand the process of creating a song ! All levels welcome!
Sloan Wainwright :
Swmming in the river of your song
Creating a song from a place of freedom, flow and fun. Using games and prompts we will write in non edit mode and see where each of us are led. Through examples and discussion we will play with our ideas and try to discern how we can open ourselves to inspiration and free ourselves of mechanical and
Awakening the Red Thatched Mugwump Within
Take the leap! Bring paper and pens and pencils! Bring a tape recorder! Bring your wonderful unique self and all your beautiful self - expression! Together, we will create a safe environment to explore the process of creativity through art and music. We will get our ideas flowing with the help of making something out of nothing and lively discussion. You will have the opportunity to break out of old habits and discover new territory in stalking the wild song.
Piano coaching with Sue!
Melodic Imagery in songwriting
We will be looking at how to bring melody and chord progressions to life in marriage with the lyrical imagery in your songs. Discover the emotional impact that melody can have when it is serving the needs of your lyric. We'll look at ways to find inspiration for new melodies, and we'll look at ways to tweak our existing melodies and chord progressions to make them more dynamic and effective for the listener
Guitarchestra :: the Wintersongs edition
an exploration of group performance, creativity and production values
Strap in for two days while we learn new skills and use existing skills to create a guitar symphony arrangement of a favorite song (or original song) which we will perform in concert at the student show.
You may encounter some or all of the following in this class:
• Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, Flatpicking, Note bending, Strumming, Head-banging
• Lead, Melody and Harmony playing
• Syncopation, Synchronization
• Your Inner Adolescent
• Conducting / Being Conducted
...and a special bonus: Hair Tips
Appropriate for all levels. Bring a tuner, a capo, your best 'rockstar' attire, and every drop of attitude you can muster ;-)
Playing Well Together :: you know you want to :-)
Somewhere within the musical landscape ranging from mountain music to Steely Dan lie clues to the graceful magic that is "tasty" performance. Whether in a well-played solo, or in the larger context of musicians playing together – even supporting a vocalist – there are learnable skills to help us do it better. Time and experience are great teachers, but in this class we aim to crack the code and unlock shortcuts to help us play well with others....today!
In our musical sandbox you will improve your live performance skills – some of the same skills you can use for song arranging and record production – but with the added bonus of learning how to avoid collisions, pile-ups, sand in your face, bruised feelings and smashed instruments.
What you will learn more about:
Listening skills, Patience, Self-control, Discipline
Phrasing: How to breathe properly with your instrument
Stage Communication skills: how to provide & receive visual cues
Watching & Anticipation: How to anticipate and utilize visual cues
This Stage Was Built For You!
When you step on that stage (from Open Mic to Carnegie Hall), imagine that it was constructed just for you and for that moment. Here's your chance to shine, your opportunity to weave your magic into the fabric of your audience. This will be a fun, playful, edgy, interactive, and powerful performance lab as we each take our rightful place in front of one another to hone in on how we can summon our most authentic selves to our time in the spotlight. Bring a song you know by heart, and your willingness to move forward, no matter where you are in your work.
Grain of Salt
Stuck somewhere in the middle? This is our annual interactive and participatory workshop for any songs or parts thereof that you might wish to have some input on. We'll hear these songs in progress and become a collective think-tank about what's working so far and what might be improved upon (keep in mind that you are and always will be the CEO of your song, no matter what anyone says!) It's also an opportunity to hone your listening and feedback-giving skills as well as a chance to ponder all the elements that make a song click. All levels. And take everything you hear with a ....