Beginning Lead Guitar for Folk Players
This workshop will be valuable
for all guitarists who have some experience accompanying folk, and
folk-like, songs in
several keys, who know basic chords and hopefully at least have a little
experience with “bar” chords, and who want to learn to
move into tasteful lead guitar fills, licks, solos, and melody lines
played up the neck.
Johnny Harper, a very accomplished professional
lead guitarist with deep roots in folk and folk-based styles, has
been teaching these techniques
to private students for many years. Covered in the workshop will be
such topics as using movable 3 and 4-string chord shapes as a basis
for lead figures; the major pentatonic scale played from chord shapes
as a source of sounds-good-every time lead licks and simple solos;
hand positions allowing you to move up and down the neck smoothly in
major pentatonic scale lines; great-sounding lead figures played in
semi-chordal “parallel 6ths” voicings; and some discussion
of the difference between using these techniques in major-key folk
and country flavored songs, vs. in the blues or in a blues-based tonality.
Bring your guitar and, if you can, a tuner,
so we take as little time as possible to get everybody tuned up!
Handouts will be provided, summarizing
the material covered. If you have a portable recording device, you’re
encouraged to bring it and record the workshop.
Johnny Harper has been teaching private lessons
in a wide variety of American folk/ roots guitar styles – folk and blues finger-picking,
country flat-picking, lead guitar in many different idioms (blues,
rock & roll, country, soul, folk, “etc.”) – for
over 25 years. He is also an accomplished performer and studio musician,
well known for leading his own bands, and for playing lead guitar with
well-known artists like Maria Muldaur, Barbara Dane, Kathy Kallick,
Katie Webster, Queen Ida, and many more. See more information on Johnny
under another workshop he is teaching at this year’s Festival
(“Folk & Roots-Rock Styles In Today’s World”),
and at www.cur-ville.com/johnny_harper.html.
You can also contact Johnny with questions at email@example.com,
or at 510-710-5969.