Acoustic Guitar: Beginning Lead Playing
When Mac achieved a good handle on the chords and
progressions commonly used in folk, country, and traditional songs, he
started trying to unravel the mysteries of playing scales and melody
patterns up the neck. In the course of this he found some relatively
understandable and easy-to-learn concepts and techniques to get there.
His workshop covers these and, he hopes, provides the student with the
understanding and techniques to start playing melodies and improvising
in lead playing up the neck.
Included are some basic chord theory and several useful scales. Workshop
handouts will explain everything covered and provide the students with
enough material to get going on their own.
To get the most from this workshop, it will helpful for workshop attendees
to have a reasonably good ear (doing some singing is good, and being
able to sing/hear harmony is even better) and have some basic skills
in playing chords on the guitar.
Mac is pretty much a self-taught guitarist. In college, he played tenor
banjo in a Dixieland band, where he absorbed a practical understanding
of chord progressions and how they work. He started teaching this workshop
at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival around 1988, and has done so
most years since then. He has written a number of country and folk songs,
and occasionally performs for friends.