2018 Intensive: Guitar with Kenny Smith


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Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1-4pm

Guitar with Kenny Smith

Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997. A much-anticipated Guitar Solo CD, Return, released on Gat3 Records in 2012.

Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.

Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes. He has released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications. Kenny has recently launched a new online Guitar lesson website at kennysmithguitar.com.

Class Description

Rhythm-Techniques on how to be a solid rhythm player. We will learn just how a basic Rhythm pattern can be so technical.

Are you in a rut?- have no fear, we will discuss some new ideas that will help you pull yourself out of the ditch and on the road to new solos.

Lines – how to create your own lines and licks. We will study the process I use to come up with some new lines that will take your playing in a new direction.

Improvising- What are you thinking? I will play tunes and improvise and stop and explain what am I thinking !

Arpeggios- learn them and how to turn them into music.

Other but important stuff – Tuning, Tone , Right hand, left hand position and pressure. Learning the fretboard.

This class will be aimed at intermediate and advanced players.