David Griffiths & Mike Pryor- Choro
An Introduction to Brazilian Choro Music This workshop will introduce participants to the wonderful rhythms and music of Brazil called Choro. A basic principle of choro is to share and enjoy the experience of playing together. We will explore a little bit of its history, rhythm, form and melody, playing through one of its most well known tunes. It will include practical exercises, clapping and playing for the accompanying rhythms, practicing each part of the melody before putting it all together to play the complete tune at the end of the workshop. Chord charts and parts will be supplied in advance. The workshop is led by Dave Griffiths and Mike Pryor who have been playing choro for over ten years with their band “Brejeiro”. In 2018 they wrote and performed a musical based on the history and development of choro music called “The Joy of Choro”.
Matt Norman- Grand BMG Orchestra
This is an opportunity for all the BMG instruments to play together. Matt will take you through two contrasting pieces which will lift the spirits of all plucked string players, recreating the feeling of playing with other instruments in a large ensemble. Music will be available in advance. Matt is an experienced conductor, mandolinist and workshop leader who in 2020 ran online orchestra sessions for the BMG Federation.
Although Matt is a multi-instrumentalist he would describe the Mandolin as his first love. He fell in to playing this unusual instrument purely by chance but after having lessons with Alison Stephens it became something of an obsession. Almost twenty years later he regularly performs both classical and English folk music having developed his own virtuosic style of interpreting traditional tunes. Matt is also a conductor and arranger. He leads various choirs and instrumental ensembles and was director of the Mandolin Orchestra of Devon for eight years. His relaxed and friendly teaching style puts participants quickly at ease, creating a great environment for honing technique and enjoying playing together.
Laura-Beth Salter- Bluegrass
Laura-Beth will teach a tune from the standard Bluegrass repertoire tune called Clinch Mountain Backstep along with traditional Bluegrass accompaniment. Music and tab are available for those who do not feel comfortable learning by ear, but there is no need to learn this in advance of the workshop. Laura-Beth will take you through the tune phrase by phrase, adding in some ornamentation along the way. All instruments welcome.