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Weekend Rambles -- Vermont




October 4-6, 2019

Newfane, Vermont



Accompanying Song (John Roberts, session 4): Accompaniment supports the song and adds interest — John shares some of the “extras” that makes the accompaniment hold up. Bring a favorite song and work on an accompaniment of your own!

Beginning Uke (Bob Zentz, session 2): Take the first steps in playing the world’s friendliest chordophone! Bring your own “C” uke or reserve a loaner from Bob.

Guitar/Mandolin (Bobby Fisher, session 3): Bring your chordophone of choice to this session for tips for playing, performing, or even taking your work to the next steps, from this world-acclaimed player, writer, and published author.

Improv and Creative Expression /Theater Games (Serenity Fisher, session 4): Serenity is a playwright whose work has been “pick-of-the-fringe” at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival! This class on expression will help you get your creative voice out into the open!

Improvisation Workshop (Serenity Fisher & Bobby Fisher, session 4): Serenity and Bobby will lead this session and give tips and advice on how to accompany other artists as well as improvise in these situations.

Keyboard (Serenity Fisher, session 3): Experience the joy of the keyboard with a master teacher/composer who will explore the magic of ebony and ivory and give you tips on improving your technique!

Licks and Tricks (Bobby Fisher, session 5): Step up your game on the guitar, as Bobby shows you fills, solos, intros, endings, and more that will take your guitar skills into overdrive!

Musician Survival Guide (Bobby Fisher, session 2): As the song says, he’s been everywhere! Join Bobby for tales of travels, career paths, booking, and the all-important skill of balancing with family life, while bringing music to audiences around the globe.

Old Timers/Old Rhymers of Sea and Shore (Bob Zentz & John Roberts, session 3): On land or sea, songs about old timers and old rhymers tell us about ourselves and our times. This session will give you tips for presenting story songs, as you sing along with two master storytellers of sea and shore!

Piano (Serenity Fisher, session 2): Learn to read lead-sheets and improvise through chord changes. You’ll brush up on your basic theory as well as chord voicings so you can sit in with folks when they give you a chart.

A River of Instruments (Bob Zentz, session 1): A musical “petting zoo” of instruments usual and UN-usual! Come to listen or try them out!

Songs for a Peaceful Planet (Bob & Jeanne Zentz, session 4): Bob & Jeanne lead songs to put you in a spiritual frame of mind – come ready to sing and share!

Songs of the Broadside Era (John Roberts, session 1): Learn the story of the songs that came to us through broadsides, with some special examples that’ll have you singing like it’s 1699!

Songwriting Workshop (Serenity Fisher & Bobby Fisher, session 1): Serenity and Bobby are touring and recording artists performing their own songs throughout the country. Join them in a lively, musical discussion about song craft, lyrics, and form.

Song Circles

“Songfinders:" Bob and Jeanne, John, Serenity, and Bobby lead this session with a sample of the types of music you’ll encounter this weekend — bring a favorite song and help lead the group!

“Singalongs:" Sing along in the tradition of pub songs, chorus songs, and the “Seeger style” of joining in — bring a favorite singalong song to share with the group!

Special Events -- free to Ramblers students, tickets available for general public

Luncheon Program: The Ramblin’ Conrad Story (noon Saturday, October 5, Hall, $25 general public including lunch): He was a picker and a grinner who touched off a folk revival — a story praised by Johnny Cash as “one of the finest works” he’d ever heard “by any artist,” about a character that he admitted, “I was even him for awhile”!

Faculty Concert (7 PM Saturday, October 5, Hall, $15 general public): The Ramblin' Faculty will sing with the folk of Southern Vermont at this fun-filled concert, open to the public, with everyone encouraged to sing along!

Rock River Hootenanny (2 PM Sunday, October 6, Hall, free to the public): Free gathering for the entire Williamsville and Greater Newfane area — details to come!

Bonus: ask your favorite faculty member(s) about private lessons, available on Saturday or Sunday afternoon!



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