SEMBA Bluegrass Workshop Lesson Plan August 16, 2017 The workshop is open to guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle and dobro.

Purpose: to provide a day of learning with the focus on individual & group instruction, tuning, rhythm, chord changes, etiquette, and interaction with other musicians & instruments.

The schedule for the day

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Meet as a large group for introductions, and then break into instrument specific groups – check instruments & tuning and discussion of jamming etiquette. Information regarding rhythm, chord changes will be presented. Questions/answers

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 – 11:15 – Separate into instrument specific groups. Focus will be on student strengths and weaknesses and evaluation of abilities. This will be a hands on session with lots of playing.

11:15 – noon – This session will focus on the role of instruments in a bluegrass jam and includes jamming with other students.

Noon – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.– The various instruments will be assigned to small groups by instructors and students will work on an instrumental with instructor assistance.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Attendees will be separated into groups – Instructors will take students needing assistance on basic bluegrass rhythm and hearing chord changes. Other instructors will take students interested in learning improvising techniques.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. – Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.– Whole Group jam with assistance of instructors.

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.– Wrap up session with questions/answers. Completion of Evaluation Forms.

6:00 p.m. Potluck Supper

Depending on the number of students on each individual instrument – class time will be adjusted to best meet the needs of attending students. Individuals or small groups are encouraged to jam after the supper break.

WORKSHOP TEACHERS:   See bio information on Workshop Flyer Coordinators: Shirley and Jerry Spanhanks

Instructors: Guitar-Shirley Spanhanks & Bill Cagley ~ Banjo-Graham Sones ~ Mandolin-Brent Fugua ~ Fiddle-John Reed ~ Dobro/Bass-Jerry Spanhanks 


This activity is funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.