Monday, July 8, 2013

Tall City Blues Fest announces educational clinics in partnership with MC

Tall City Blues Fest, a two-day music festival, announced its offering of educational clinics in partnership with Midland College (MC). All of the clinics are offered during the weekend of the Festival, which takes place in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26th and 27th, 2013.

This year's line-up of educational clinics:


♪ Vocal Workshop: Unleashing the Power of Your Voice (Ages 14+) 
9464 124Q
Hosted by: Shakura S'Aida (Toronto, Canada)
This vocal intensive will guide you in finding your true voice. Shakura will help you identify and strengthen your entire vocal and performance presentation. You’ll learn how to present yourself authentically on stage and to have confidence in your performance ability. You’ll gain a new understanding of your vocal capabilities and a fresh awareness of how strongly perceptions can be changed by the sound of your voice.

Times: 10-11:30 AM
What to Bring: An interest in singing and a willingness to stand on the edge and jump off.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


Blues Bass 101 (Ages 10+)
9465 124Q

Hosted by: Dave Parker (Midland, TX)
This workshop is an individualized interactive workshop that will examine the influence the Blues has had on the bass over a historical period of time. Using different genres of music as a tool, this workshop will help beginners with the basic building blocks of constructing bass lines and knowing when to play walking bass lines, 1-5 country bass lines or bluesy rock-n-roll riffs. For the more advanced participants, this workshop will offer some new riffs, licks and grooves and stimulate your creativity with playing bass.

Times: 12:30-1:30 PM
What to Bring: Your bass guitar and a small amp, if you have one.
Minimum: 2
Maximum: 12


The Elements of Song: Unlocking your Creative Spirit! (Ages 8 - 14)
9466 124Q

Hosted by: Kirsten Thien (New York, NY)
In this workshop, Kirsten will discuss the elements of a song and how to build a song from its initial inspiration to its completed form. We’ll play some classic Blues and Soul songs together and talk about the parts that make the song so compelling. What’s a “signature riff”? Where does the chorus go? How do we make a song universal and personal at the same time? How can one song inspire the creation of another, without copying? We’ll answer these questions and lay out the building blocks to unlocking our creative spirit through songwriting.

Times: 2:30-3:45 PM
What To Bring: If you play an instrument, bring it!
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


♪ One-String Diddley Bow Workshop for Kids (Ages 8-14)
9467 124Q

Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop explores the history and playing techniques of this fascinatingly simple traditional roots instrument. The student will learn how to play the Diddley Bow with a guitar slide, and learn songs in the Roots Blues style.

Times: 11 AM-12 PM
Diddley Bows and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15


One-String Diddley Bow Workshop (Ages 14+)
9468 124Q

Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop explores the history and playing techniques of this fascinatingly simple traditional roots instrument. Great for musicians of all skill levels. The student will learn how to play the Diddley Bow with a guitar slide, and learn songs in the Roots Blues style.  By the end of the class, students will also know how to play the Diddley Bow in a group setting, and even come up with their own Blues solos!

Times: 12:30-2 PM
Diddley Bows and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15


Beginner 4-String Cigar Box Guitar Workshop (Ages 14+)
9469 124Q

Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop is designed for students who are familiar with, or have some experience with the 6-String Guitar, and want to learn how to translate that knowledge to the 4-String Cigar Box Guitar (CBG). The student will learn how to play the Cigar Box Guitar in open and standard tunings, and will also learn Blues Slide Guitar techniques such as proper form, staying in tune, vibrato, left-hand muting, right-hand muting, anchoring, and modiļ¬ed Dobro techniques. The student will be provided with chord charts, tuning suggestions, and tips & tricks that will have them playing Cigar Box Guitar in no time! 

Times: 2:30-4 PM
Cigar Box Guitars and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15

All clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27.

Pre-registration is available through Midland College either online at midland.edu/cpce/ or by calling (432) 685-4518. Pre-registration is $15/clinic. Walk-up registrations are $20/clinic and will be taken for any clinics not already at full capacity. All proceeds go to help provide MC KIDS' COLLEGE scholarships at Midland College.

ABOUT TALL CITY BLUES FEST


Tall City Blues Fest is a family-friendly, indoor/outdoor music festival and will be held in downtown Midland, TX in Centennial Plaza on July 26-27. Presented by Riley Geological Consultants, TCBF hosts its line-up across two Main Stages, and also offers an outdoor Community Jam, educational clinics, an art auction and memorabilia raffle, food vendors, and a midnight spectator jam. In addition to bringing award-winning performers to West Texas, Tall City Blues Fest introduces new opportunities into the community, offers a culturally diverse attraction in West Texas and contributes positively to the quality of life, as well as creates tourism. Our Mission is to create an experience like none other that brings award-winning blues & roots music to West Texas and makes people feel enlightened, joy-filled & loved.

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