Workshops (online) 

Working as a group as well as private one-to one lessons, each session runs one full day with a 2 hr followup a week later that is scheduled at a convenient time for all.  Enrollment is limited to four students.  Please email me if you have any questions.  Thanks and stay safe... Woody

 

Day Schedule
EST (USA) time zone
9-11:30am
Group session (with coffee breaks).
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  Blind Blake & Big Bill Broonzy
December ......

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In this workshop I will be teaching the repertoire and playing styles of  two of the greatest masters of ragtime blues guitar playing.  I'll break down the complexities and illustrate Blake and Big Bill's spontaneous improvised approach. In addition to learning many of their sophisticated arrangements, the focus will be on understanding what you are playing and  practical ways to improvise within a tune. Some of the techniques covered will be syncopated picking and getting the texture and groove of the music, using partial chords, damping, dynamics, and how to learn directly off the original recording.  I'll be presenting new tunes from previous workshops. This is a session for guitarists who are comfortable with picking basics and would like to get deeper into the playing of these two incredible musicians.  Space is limited. Feel free to  email me with questions. - Woody 
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, swing
January 21, 2018

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.  The Reverend Davis workshop has become an annual event and is always a special workshop. Space is limited. 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; Woody Mann 


 

Country Blues and Beyond
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

DVDMANFB29The 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 creating chord melodies. These ideas will be illustrated through learning the wide ranging 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 developing practical approaches to creating variations within a tune. We will also cover basic theory and fretboard chord exercises.  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

 

 


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