A R T I C U L A T I O N : a workshop with Mark Dvorak

Acoustic workshop focuses on songwriting, finger-picking and harmony May 11 in Lombard IL

LOMBARD IL - The Plank Road Folk Music Society will present “Articulation:a workshop with Mark Dvorak” at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main Street on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm.


“We’re very proud of our workshop series,” said Plank Road President Bob O’Hanlon. Each year we offer several educational opportunities to our members that are also open to the general public. We surveyed our membership and the most popular subjects, were songwriting, fingerpicking and harmony. We could only think of one teaching artist who might be able to integrate these into a single session.”

“My goal for the workshop,” said Dvorak, who is a distinguished teaching artist at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, “is to explore critical elements in composing, songwriting and arranging. We'll cover the basics of finger-picking guitar, examine chord structure and the use of melody, harmony  and language in songwriting.”

“In learning any instrument, or learning to sing well,” he added, “we invariably hit a plateau where our skills stay at a certain level. That’s the time to examine more deeply what really goes into making acoustic music that is in tune, on time and more whole. Those who attend should bring their instruments, their questions and be ready to go to work.”

Dvorak continues to be an integral member of the faculty at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. He began teaching as avocation but his interest in working with students deepened and evolved into a way of life and a livelihood of “help people learn to teach themselves.”

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Since 1986 thousands of music students have passed through his classes and workshops. He has helped many a beginner get through their first chords and strums, and has hosted a catalogue of master classes and workshops on a range of subjects from old-time banjo picking to the legacy of the great Lead Belly, to just about every other topic related to the study of American folk music.

Since 1985, The Plank Road Folk Music Society has fostered and promoted traditional and acoustic music in the western suburbs. They’ve present concerts, workshops, jam sessions, sing alongs, barn dances and have been affiliated with the legendary Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove and the Jones Family Music Studio in Lombard.

Admission to workshop is $30 for the general public, $20 for Plank Road members. Those interested can become members upon registration. Those who play an instrument other than guitar are welcome to attend.

Those with specific questions about the workshop content can contact Mark Dvorak at info@markdvorak.com. Learn more about the Plank Road Folk Music Society at www.plankroad.org. Visit Mark Dvorak on the web at www.markdvorak.com.

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