Winter Online Sessions 

Each session runs one full day with a 2 hr followup a week later. The day includes includes group and private one-to one lessons, and all participants will receive a video and the music/tab PDF's of the material covered.  Enrollment is limited to four students to maximize personal time and interaction with each other.  Please get in touch if you have any questions. Thanks and stay safe! Woody

 

Day Schedule
EST (USA) time zone
9-11:30am
Group session
Overview of the material, tunes and techniques.
1-2pm
Fretboard chord logic and exercises.
2:30 - 5:30pm
Private lessons
6 -7pm
Wrap up meeting

One Week Followup ( 2hr)

Discussion / Performance
(day/ time to be determined by the group)

 


The Music of  Lonnie Johnson
January 9, 2021

This session is devoted to learning the guitar styles and techniques of the Lonnie Johnson, one of the most gifted and original guitarists in blues and jazz. Johnson’s playing represents some of the most sophisticated and elegant guitar work and in many ways the “bridge”  between country blues and early jazz styles having recorded with  Bessie Smith,  Texas Alexander,  Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. This workshop will focus on Johnson's early solo career  as one of the most popular country blues artists in the 1920's and 30's.  In addition to learning repertoire the focus will be on understanding his approach to improvisation and syncopated picking style, and his unique guitar tuning .  Everyone will receive the written music& tab as well as a slowed down video of the material. This is a session for guitarists who are comfortable playing the basics fingerpicking.   If you have any questions please email me.
Tuition; $300
Includes music/TAB charts and video. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with the online login details




 

The Music of Reverend Gary Davis 
ragtime, gospel, blues 
Saturday, February 13, 2021

This workshop is devoted to learning the guitar styles and techniques of one of the greatest gospel and ragtime guitarists. Davis' techniques and harmonic ideas represent some of the most sophisticated and unique approaches in fingerstyle guitar music.  I'll be teaching new repertoire from previous Davis workshops and the focus will be on understanding practical chord melody and syncopated picking ideas as well as how to create variations within a tune. The arrangements provide the basics for beginners as well as a "jumping off" point, as Davis used to say,  for more experience players. I'll also be playing my tapes from my lessons - a fascinating insight into Davis' music and teaching.  If you have any questions, please  Email if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great afternoon.  -Woody
Tuition; $300
Includes music/TAB charts and video. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with the online login details.
(photo by Woody)




Country Blues and Beyond
Saturday, March 13, 2021

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The Country Blues & Beyond session will focus on practical approaches for developing fingerstyle technique, understanding the logic of the fretboard, and ways to “play off” the chords and create chord melodies. These ideas will be illustrated through learning a wide range of repertoire of tunes including the arrangements of Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang. Richard "Hacksaw" Harney as well as my original compositions. The focus will be on furthering your own creativity by understanding what you are playing and practical approaches for creating arrangements.  This is a class for students who want to take their playing to the next level and learn some great tunes in the process.
Tuition; $300
Includes music/TAB charts and video. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with the online login details.



 

 

 


(click to enlarge)
NYC session (pre-Covid). Surrounded by talented players and a
room full of my signature Martin guitars. (had to take a photo) Honored!

 

top photo of Woody: Rod Franklin