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Acoustic Blues Clinic : Piedmont, Delta & Chicago

Friday June 21 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

OLD TOWN SCHOOL of FOLK MUSIC • 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue • Chicago

$120 ($100 for members) • 773 728 6000 •  More information and registration here • www.oldtownschool.org

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Spend a day at the Old Town School learning new techniques, tips and rhythms from three seasoned blues artists. Grab your steel string guitar and slide and learn to enhance your playing with personal style. Participants will be assigned to 3 hands-on groups that will each experience the three artists. Students should have some experience with fingerpicking.

PIEDMONT BLUES RIFFS, RHYTHMS & RAGTIME • with Jon Shain

Jon will teach you a variety of bass riffs, turnarounds, rhythmic patterns, songforms and chord progressions that capture the bouncy ragtime influence heard in Piedmont Blues. Jon Shain is a Piedmont Blues fingerpicker and teacher from North Carolina that took 1st place in the 2019 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis.

SLIDING TO THE DELTA: BOTTLENECK TECHNIQUE • with Donna Herula

Donna will show you how to capture the essence of Mississippi Delta Blues through slide guitar syncopations, dead thumb technique and classic riffs and licks of bluesmen Robert Johnson, Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell. She will also demonstrate how you can achieve a highly rhythmic and percussive Delta Blues sound by using right- and left-hand dampening techniques and simple chords in Open G Tuning. Acoustic Guitar Magazine named Donna one of the Top 10 Up and Coming Resonator Guitar Players.

BILL BILL BROONZY: THE FATHER OF CHICAGO BLUES • with Mark Dvorak

Learn to play guitar like Big Bill Broonzy -- who was known for his strong pulsating bass thumb and melodic lead lines. From country blues, folk, spirituals, and ragtime to a more urban sound – Broonzy played an influential role in post war Chicago Blues and also in the history of the OTSFM. Join Mark, Chicago’s Official Troubadour, as he teaches signature tunes and techniques that make the Broonzy style unique and popular.


New Old Town School of Folk Music Classes begin Tuesday June 25

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Tuesdays • Beginning June 25 • 8:00 pm • 8 weeks • Old Town School of Folk Music • 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue • Chicago IL • 773 728 6000.

You are welcome here. We work at learning the fret board, finger picking, some theory and we like to sing together. We explore the timeless voice of the acoustic guitar which folks like us have been using to express ourselves through all the ups and downs of living since anyone can remember. Can you remember? You know what? I hope you'll come with us.

Cost $202 ($192 members)  Information, discounts and enrollment at www.oldtownschool.org.


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Thursday Special Folk Jam

Every Thursday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - FREE                                

The Old Town School of Folk Music's weekly jam. All are welcome, all are invited to join faculty, students, visitors and passers by for a memorable, musical evening. No enrollment necessary. Walk in, join in. 

Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Learn more at www.oldtownschool.org.


Stay in touch • info AT markdvorak.com • PO Box 181 • Brookfield IL 60513 • 312 315 4273