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October 21-23, 2022
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Woodstock, NY
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Michael Chapdelaine - Arranging Popular Tunes for Solo Guitar
Sunday, October 23, 2:00pm–3:00pm
The pavillion at The Bear Cantina, 295A Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY   See Map

Any tune or idea that you ever thought of or heard, can be played on solo guitar. Its like solving a puzzle. Knowing what to leave in and what to leave out is the key. We will work on issues of: Melody: what is the melody and where should we put it in the texture and on the fingerboard so that it can sing out and we (player and listeners) can be moved by it. Harmony and texture: how to discover and voice the chords in a way that will support, and not conflict with, the melody. Orchestration: none of the notes are equal. Well talk about how do we deal with that on a technical level. Technique: We will look at some of the tricks that lead to making the music work on our instrument (there are a lot of these to talk about). Required playing level: any Handouts: yes Format: lecture/presentation Recording or filming is encouraged


Michael Chapdelaine

Clinic Information

Instructional Clinics are Sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, with additional support from D'Addario Strings.

Clinics cost $35 per person per clinic. Pay at the door with cash or credit card. There is limited space, so advance reservations are recommended. You do not need to buy a pass to the Luthiers Showcase to attend Clinics.

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Participants should bring their own instruments, tuners, capos, any permitted recording devices, etc. Clinics will be held in the Pavilion of The Bear Cantina (295A Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498), northwest corner of the Bearsville Center complex, steps away from the Bearsville Theater. There will be a free guitar checkroom there for Clinic attendees. No personal instruments are allowed in the Luthiers Showcase Bearsville Theater or Utopia Soundstage exhibition areas.

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The first 100 people to make Clinic reservations will each receive a free set of D'Addario XS Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings; different gauges to choose from.