Please Note: Master Classes for 2018 will be announced as soon as possible, and this year we will be offering intermediate-level classes for this first time. These new intermediate-level classes will be called Mid-Course Development and will join our existing beginner classes (Fast Track) and advanced classes (Master Classes).

Master Classes are geared towards more advanced musicians (please note that we are now offering intermediate-level classes as well). Master Classes will take place on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 11 am until 4 pm with an hour-long lunch break at 1 pm. Class size is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Early-bird tuition (before January 25) is $60 for BBU members ($65 for non-members), and after the early-bird deadline is $70 for BBU members ($75 for non-members).

To sign up for a Master Class you must e-mail your teacher directly at:

  Teacher   Class   e-mail address
  TBA   Mandolin
  TBA   Banjo
  TBA   Guitar
  TBA   Bass
  TBA   Fiddle
  TBA   Dobro

 

The information below is for last year’s Master Classes; this year’s information will be posted as soon as possible.

Master Class Descriptions

We are pleased this year to feature four members of the band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen in our Master Classes.

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMA’s 2014 and 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year.

 

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Frank Solivan – Master Class in Mandolin

A hands-on clinic with Frank Solivan, touching on traditional bluegrass songs, fiddle tunes, swing standards and country classics. An in-depth study of rhythm fundamentals, chords, scales, arpeggios, and use of fingering patterns to mentally map your fretboard. Students will use these tools to build musical solos, learn and play faster, improve tone and enhance the tunes they already know. Even if you are a rank beginner or advanced player, you’ll walk away with new tools and ways to approach your mandolin. Bring a recording device for future reference.

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Mike Munford – Master Class in Banjo 

For advanced beginner/ intermediate level players this workshop will include discussion and demonstration of topics including: tone, timing, dynamics, integrating Scruggs and melodic styles, setup, and more. Lots of Q & A welcome!

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Chris Luquette – Master Class in Guitar 

A hands-on clinic, touching on traditional bluegrass songs, fiddle tunes, swing tunes and country classics. Clinic will feature in-depth study of rhythm fundamentals, chords, scales, and use of fingering patterns to mentally map your fretboard. Students will use these tools to build musical solos, learn and play faster, improve tone and enhance the tunes they already know. You’ll walk away with new tools and ways to approach your Guitar.

Chris is one of the hardest working musicians from the Seattle music scene. You’’d be hard pressed to find another 26 year old seamlessly switching from International Music to Jazz and from Rock to Bluegrass so comfortably. He has even studied Brazilian Jazz with Seattle based Brazil music legend, Jovino Santos Neto.  Chris’’ musicianship reflects the multitude of musical influences he turns to for inspiration. His acoustic guitar playing really stands out, but this virtuosic, multi-instrumentalist is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki!

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Jeremy Middleton – Master Class in Upright Bass

This workshop will focus on how to create tasteful and solid bass lines. We will focus on technique, with the intent to improve timing and reduce fatigue. We will dissect some standard bluegrass songs to demonstrate runs, leading tones, walking bass, and how to apply these techniques tastefully. Depending on the ability of the students, we may cover some advanced techniques such as slapping and ideas for soloing. No experience necessary, just come with the desire to learn.

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Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – Master Class in Fiddle

This hands-on workshop will cover a variety of bluegrass songs and instrumentals, as we explore the fiddle’s role in bluegrass. The class will cover backup techniques and when to use them, improvising, shifting between positions, playing in tune, vibrato and bowing concepts. We will learn several scales, arpeggios and double stops, and discuss different ways of producing chord sounds on the fiddle. There is something for every level of student in this class! Please bring a recording device.

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Stacy Phillips – Master Class in Dobro
This class is aimed for all levels of players. Specific techniques that will be discussed include:
· Position playing – minimizing bar movement through chord changes
· Playing in B and Bb
· Great re-tunings that require changing only one string
· Slants
· String pulls
· Playing in minor keys
· Accompanying a vocalist
· Backup and rhythm
· Stacy will be prepared to discuss the dobro in bluegrass, blues, swing, Hawaiian, and country-folk.
· How to “fake” solos at jam sessions