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Dix Bruce Clinics & Workshops

Walker Creek Music Camp, April 7-10, 2017

At the beautiful Walker Creek Ranch near the San Francisco Bay Area
Registration opens Feb 1st, 2017.

Newsflash! As of 3/1/17 Dix will now be teaching Flatpicking Guitar, level 2-3. One of the guitar teachers had to cancel and Dix has been asked to switch from Swing/Jazz mandolin. The Swing/Jazz mandolin students will be folded into the other mandolin classes and Dix will teach an elective on Swing/Jazz mandolin.

For more info on classes and registration click here.

Class description:

After we’ve played a while most of us approach that wall of “Now what do I do next?” This class will explore some of the possibilities for expanding your playing beyond simple melodies and bass note /strum rhythm into more complex sounds, solos and improvisation. Some of the subjects we’ll discuss, depending upon the specific interests of the students, are how to find melody notes at different points on the neck; composing a second or third solo for a song; moving beyond the keys of G and C; how to kickoff a song; and finding the notes in between the melody notes. We may also get into more advanced techniques like crosspicking, double stops, closed position moveable chords, writing a chord chart, and of course basic music theory. Students will receive handout sheets with class materials to take home and work on after camp.
Prerequisites: Skill level for this class is intermediate/advanced; you should be able to change between chords quickly, play a melody on the instrument, and be open to exploring improvisation.
Bring your questions. Think about where you are in your playing and where you want to go. A recording device is helpful to remember what we do in class.

Dix Bruce is a musician, composer, author and award-winning guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs and records with a variety of Bay Area-based musical groups in varied styles from traditional American country and folk to bluegrass to swing to rock and jazz. He performs and does studio work on guitar, mandolin, bass, and banjo. He teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and electric bass.

Dix has recorded two LPs with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield; eight big band CDs with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra; his own collection of American folk songs entitled My Folk Heart on which he plays guitar, mandolin, and autoharp and sings; and a CD of string swing and jazz entitled Tuxedo Blues. He has released four CDs of traditional American songs and originals with guitarist Jim Nunally. His most recent project is a CD with singer and mandolinist Julie Cline entitled Look at it Rain.

Walker Creek Ranch is in the rolling hills of West Marin County, between Petaluma and Tomales Bay, about one hour's drive north of San Francisco, California. It's quiet and beautiful, with an abundance of wildlife and miles of hiking trails, a swimming pond, healthy and delicious food, and various accommodation options (ranging from private rooms to RV and tent camping to day-commuter).

Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps
Old Time and Traditional Week - June 11- 17, 2017

We’re delighted to announce that Dix will be joining the faculty of great pickers at Steve Kaufman’s world famous Acostic Kamp, Old Time and Traditional Week - June 11- 17, 2017. It’s on the campus of Marysville College in Marysville, TN, outside of Knoxville. Click here for full info on the camp and to download a brochure. We hope you'll join us!

Video clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKxxPTmVH3s

Acoustic Music Camp, July 26 – 29, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Great camp with a relaxed and friendly feel, wonderful teachers and an outstanding and welcoming bunch of folks. This is Dix's fourth year on the faculty and he'll be teaching guitar and mandolin. The camp's focus is on learning to play music but most of all, on how to have fun playing music with others. The camp also features a tongue-in-cheek "Banjo Containment Facility" where most of the banjo classes are taught. Gerald Jones, the director of the camp, leads the way in making the Acoustic Music Camp so pleasant.

Click here for full details and information.

Jim Nunally's schedule: http://www.jimnunally.com/

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