Music Workshops by Leader

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Amelia Hogan
Irish Songs
Celebrate Irish ballads, songs, and the Sean Nos tradition. Sing (or play) along as stories are told through song.
Ann McChesney-Young
Irish Slow-Mid Speed Tune Session
Play Irish tunes together at slow and moderate speeds. All instruments are welcome
Arlene Immerman
Traditional Songs of Death
A song circle for sharing traditional songs about death -- -- ghost songs, departing songs, grief songs, executions, or murder!
Art Peterson
Contra Dance Band (2 hours)
Learn some of the basics of playing in a contra dance band and get a sneak peak at the tunes for the Sunday evening contra dance.
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Becky Woo
Hawaiian Songs in English
Players of all instruments and singers are welcome to play and sing along to some classic Hawaiian songs in English.
Beth Berkelhammer
Honky-Tonk Heroes and Angels
Come share a song by your favorite honky-tonk hero or angel, or just come to listen!
Bev and Jerry Praver
History of the Industrial Revolution through Folk Music
Trace the history of the industrial revolution and its profound effect on our lives through folk songs.
Parodies
A song circle, with Bev and Jerry contributing some of their own parodies, and all participants welcome to share theirs.
Bill Likens
Oktoberfest Jam
Musicians and singers join in a German, Austrian & Swiss music jam session covering beginning and intermediate tunes.
Scandinavian Music Jam
Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American waltzes, schottisches/reinlenders, and polkas will be covered in this jam.
Bill Moore
Songs of the Copper Family
Enjoy and share in these classic traditional English farmers' songs as sung and saved by the Copper Family of Rottingdean.
Bob Palasek
Scandinavian Music Jam
Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American waltzes, schottisches/reinlenders, and polkas will be covered in this jam.
Brad Bechtel
Bluegrass Jam
Play bluegrass music in a jam session setting.
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Casey Casebeer
Ballads & Their Descendants
Learn about the processes that caused traditional ballads to morph into other songs, and discuss and sing samples of your own.
World of the Ballad
An examination of themes that appear in traditional ballads, with illustrative excerpts sung by Casey and workshop attendees.
Christopher Richard
CJBA Jug Band Jam (2 hours)
Jug band music is good-time music-come play and sing up a storm and have a great time doing it at this jam guided by two jug band stalwarts.
Colin Botts
Maybelle Carter Style Guitar Soloing
Learn "Carter Style" flatpicking, playing the melody while maintaining the rhythmic guitar strum.
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Dan Scanlan
Hello, Bye Bye Blues (Ukulele)
A freestyle ukulele workshop that marries a popular Tin Pan Alley tune to a traditional blues in the same key
Daniel Hersh
Concertina (2 hours)
An introduction to the concertina, with a demonstration and Q&A, followed by more advanced tips for current players.
David Brown
Quebecois Jam
Jam on fiddle and accordion tunes -- reels, jigs, marches, waltzes, and more. All instruments welcome.
Deborah Sandler
In Harmony's Way Song Session (2 hours)
Come lead a song, request a song, or just sing along on drinking songs, gospel songs, sea shanties, camp songs, silly songs, sad songs, or anything else with a good chorus or refrain.
Don Murdoch
Intro to the CAGED System for Guitar
Embark on the first steps of your journey around the guitar neck using five basic chord shapes and the CAGED system, one of the best methods for understanding how the neck works in regular tuning.
Songs of Simon & Garfunkel
Come prepared to share or request your own favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs, and to sing along or sing harmony.
Don Price
Gypsy Jazz Guitar
Using six basic chord types, we'll create our own improvised lines to popular tunes from the gypsy jazz repertoire and gain a better understanding of Django's improvisational process.
Doug Norman
Hardly Strictly Folk Music
Come prepared to sing in this song circle and share the grace that comes from voices joined together in song.
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Ed Hilton
Songs that Faith Petric Sang
Faith Petric, matriarch of the SF Folk Music Club, died this year. Come share the favorite songs you learned from her, and sing along on others' favorites songs they learned from Faith.
Estelle Freedman
Folk Songs of Women's History
Learn the meaning behind some familiar, and some not so familiar, songs sung by or about women in the past, as you sing along.
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Gary Breitbard
Shape Note Singing
Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in on this moving four-part a cappella music that dates back to the early days of our nation.
Gene Gibson
Sing the Everly Brothers
Come to the Everly Brothers jam. Sing along, play along, and harmonize to the songs of that iconic 60s duo.
Glen Van Lehn
Kate Wolf Songs
Sing and share the music of Kate Wolf in this song circle.
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Jack Gilder
Concertina (2 hours)
An introduction to the concertina, with a demonstration and Q&A, followed by more advanced tips for current players.
Jeannine Menger
Beatles Sing-Along and Play-Along
Get to know the music of the lads from Liverpool in this sing-a-long. Learn why these brilliant songs changed the landscape of popular music forever.
Learn Three Beatles Songs on Guitar
Bring a guitar and capo, and learn three Beatles songs using charts and tab: "Blackbird", "And I Love Her", and "Lucy in the Sky with "Diamonds"
Jerry Michaels
Gospel Songs
Come sing and share spiritual songs from any tradition; goddess songs, chants, all are welcome.
Joe Cadora
Beatles Sing-Along and Play-Along
Get to know the music of the lads from Liverpool in this sing-a-long. Learn why these brilliant songs changed the landscape of popular music forever.
Joe Lavelle
Jazz Standards Jam
If you love to play or sing jazz standards, come join in this jam.
John Roy Zat
Sing with your Fiddle
Learn how to fiddle and sing at the same time. For beginning to advanced players.
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Karen Arlen
Days of Gold: Songs of the California Gold Rush
Rousing songs of the Gold Rush as sung by the miners and immigrants from many lands who came to California to seek their fortunes.
Karen Broder
Hawaiian Songs in English
Players of all instruments and singers are welcome to play and sing along to some classic Hawaiian songs in English.
Kay Eskenazi
Enhancing Accompaniments w/ Walking Bass & Treble Ornamentation
Improve your musicianship by imparting dynamism to your accompaniments - walking bass lines, vamps, and treble notes.
What's in a Chord Name: Music Theory for Everyone
In a user-friendly way, this class unveils the essence of chords.
Kerry Parker
Quebecois Jam
Jam on fiddle and accordion tunes -- reels, jigs, marches, waltzes, and more. All instruments welcome.
Kit Nelson
Sing the Everly Brothers
Come to the Everly Brothers jam. Sing along, play along, and harmonize to the songs of that iconic 60s duo.
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Laura Lind
Old-Time Song Session & Jam
Strum along and sing along to old-time traditional songs of the 20s, 30s, and early 40s.
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Mac McCurdy
Guitar: Beginning Lead Playing
This workshop provides a logical and systematic approach to working your way from chords to related scales and on to playing leads.
Marian Gade
Gospel Songs
Come sing and share spiritual songs from any tradition; goddess songs, chants, all are welcome.
Mark Wallace
Community Singing Circle & Tips on Starting One
A singing circle with Rise Up Singing available, and info on how to start a singing circle in your own community.
Marlene McCall
Songs of Simon & Garfunkel
Come prepared to share or request your own favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs, and to sing along or sing harmony.
Matt Small
Bass
An introduction to the basic concepts of playing acoustic bass in country, swing, and bluegrass styles.
Sing For Clem
A gathering of friends sharing memories and songs for Clem, led by his son Matt and his mom Pam. No sad songs, as he requested in his will.
Michael Smolens
Making Your Performance Work (for Everyone) (2 hours)
This workshop is designed to benefit anyone on the performance spectrum - from someone who has never performed to a highly-experienced performer (and everyone in between).
Mokai
Demystifying Music Theory for Composition & Improvisation
In this session designed for all instruments, learn how to apply basic music theory in a fun way.
Guitar Techniques of Folk Blues
Explores the left and right hand techniques of Americana guitar players from the 20s to the 60s.
Muse Crossing
Three-Part Harmony: What to Listen For, Which Notes to Sing
For these who love vocal harmony and want to learn how to do it (or learn how to do it better!)
Myron Grossman
Tom & Myron's Guitar & Harmonica Workshop
Myron & Tom will play blues and swing tunes, describe simple ways to approach vocal, melodic & harmonic playing, and present improvisation ideas, jamming methods, and rhythm and lead concepts for ensemble playing.
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Nancie Kester
Days of Gold: Songs of the California Gold Rush
Rousing songs of the Gold Rush as sung by the miners and immigrants from many lands who came to California to seek their fortunes.
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Occupella
Occupella Leads Songs from the "No Fossil Fuels" Songbook
Come learn songs from Occupella's recently-released "No Fossil Fuels Songbook"
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Pam Small
Sing For Clem
A gathering of friends sharing memories and songs for Clem, led by his son Matt and his mom Pam. No sad songs, as he requested in his will.
Paul Herzoff
Harmonica Convergence
A gathering for those interested in the harmonica. Learning about it, learning to play it, sharing what you know.
Harmonica Jam
Bring your axe! Come to listen, come to learn, come to show off. All instruments welcome!
Paul Kostka
Beginning Button Accordion (Accordions Provided!)
This class is geared towards the absolute beginner. Paul will pass out accordions and handouts, cover the basics of the instrument, and teach participants how to play the C scale and a simple tune. Purchase the accordion after class, if you'd like.
Peter Kasin
Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea (2 hours)
We'll start with a brief introduction to the different types of shanties and spend the rest of the workshop singing as much as possible.
Peter Ross
Shape Note Singing
Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in on this moving four-part a cappella music that dates back to the early days of our nation.
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Redmond O'Colonies
The Art of Performing (2 hours)
Two hours of exploring ways to better yourself on and off stage.
Richard Adrianowicz
Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea (2 hours)
We'll start with a brief introduction to the different types of shanties and spend the rest of the workshop singing as much as possible.
Richard Rice
The Friendly Ukulele Workshop & Jam for Beginners & Beyond
Easy chords, slow strums, and practice for beginning ukulele players, with a jam on a couple of simple songs at the end of the hour.
Riggy Rackin
Concertina (2 hours)
An introduction to the concertina, with a demonstration and Q&A, followed by more advanced tips for current players.
Roan Michaels
Way Out West Jam
Bring your favorite songs in any genre about ghosts, highwaymen, desperadoes, hobos, spacemen, hillbillies, and tragic women of the night.
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Sadie Damascus
Ballads & Their Descendants
Learn about the processes that caused traditional ballads to morph into other songs, and discuss and sing samples of your own.
Chorus Songs
Bring your favorite chorus songs, or just come to sing along.
Making Music with Found Objects
Create wonder and weirdness, and maybe beauty, from stuff you bring from home. Click through for a list of suggested objects.
Steve Swan
Bass
An introduction to the basic concepts of playing acoustic bass in country, swing, and bluegrass styles.
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Terry Moore
Shape Note Singing
Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in on this moving four-part a cappella music that dates back to the early days of our nation.
Tes Welborn
Kate Wolf Songs
Sing and share the music of Kate Wolf in this song circle.
Tina Louise Barr
Autoharp: All the Basics
This workshop will cover tuning, basic rhythm strums for accompaniment, and tips on maintaining your instrument.
Tom Murray
Tom & Myron's Guitar & Harmonica Workshop
Myron & Tom will play blues and swing tunes, describe simple ways to approach vocal, melodic & harmonic playing, and present improvisation ideas, jamming methods, and rhythm and lead concepts for ensemble playing.
Tony Elman
Flash Mob Choir
Sing chants, rounds, and more while stepping and clapping in waves of rhythm.
Tony Phillips
Quebecois Jam
Jam on fiddle and accordion tunes -- reels, jigs, marches, waltzes, and more. All instruments welcome.
Turning Earth Singers
Pagan Songs and Rounds for Justice
Join in on rounds, songs, and sacred chants led by an East Bay Pagan a cappella ensemble.
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VJ Mohan
Community Singing Circle & Tips on Starting One
A singing circle with Rise Up Singing available, and info on how to start a singing circle in your own community.
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Wayne Hagen
CJBA Jug Band Jam (2 hours)
Jug band music is good-time music-come play and sing up a storm and have a great time doing it at this jam guided by two jug band stalwarts.