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Melodic Embellishment
with Sharon Gilchrist
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About This Workshop
 
In this workshop, Sharon will use common bluegrass and old-time tunes like “Old Joe Clark,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “June Apple,” “Angeline the Baker,” and more to demonstrate her method for teaching students how to embellish and vary melodies as a way to begin to improvise.
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Sharon Gilchrist
 
 
Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. Whether she’s playing mandolin, thumpin’ the upright bass, singing a traditional ballad, or performing one of her original pieces, her music is steeped in traditional Appalachian sounds, delivered with a distinct spacious, graceful, and fiery style all her own. Sharon has performed with Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, the Kathy Kallick Band, and many others. She is also a respected mandolin teacher and has taught at music camps throughout the US.
 
 
 
The Melodic Embellishment Workshop Includes:
  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Saturday, from 11 am to 12 pm Pacific Time, January 16–April 24, 2021
  • Sharon's method for teaching students how to embellish and vary melodies as a way to begin to improvise
  • Instruction on varying simple fiddle tunes in rhythmic and melodic ways
  • Advice on how to begin creating your own solos and improvisations
  • High-quality video recordings of each session so you can review what you've learned and revisit them after the workshop has concluded
  • Notation and tablature for each session with variations and complete solos
 
 
Sign Up for Live Workshop
 
Workshop fee of $200, participate live or view recordings on your own schedule.
 
 
 

The workshop will be held every other Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm PST (2 pm to 3 pm EST), starting on Saturday January 16 and ending on April 24.

In this workshop, Sharon will use common bluegrass and old-time tunes like “Old Joe Clark,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “June Apple,” “Angeline the Baker,” and more to demonstrate her method for teaching students how to embellish and vary melodies as a way to begin to improvise.

 
 
Melodic Embellishment Workshop
 
Welcome to Melodic Embellishment
 

Sharon talks about what she will be doing in her Melodic Embellishment workshop, and gives you PDFs and MP3s of the tunes she will be using to demonstrate her method of embellishing and varying melodies

 
SESSION 1: “Old Joe Clark” Sustain and Rhythmic Embellishment Techniques
 

Sharon kicks off her workshop by introducing four sustain techniques (single string, two strings, drone, and separating two strings) and three rhythmic techniques (quarter notes, eighth notes, and shuffle bow) and showing you how to use them to create variations on the melody of “Old Joe Clark.”

 
SESSION 2: “Angeline the Baker” Embellishment Techniques
 

Sharon shows you how to use the sustain and rhythmic embellishment techniques you learned in the last lesson on “Angeline the Baker” and shows you how to move the melody into different octaves and add drones and double stops.

 
SESSION 3: “Soldier’s Joy” Embellishment Techniques, Upper and Lower Octaves and Bill Monroe Solo
 

Sharon shows you the melody to both parts of “Soldier’s Joy” in a higher octave, and the melody to the B part in a lower octave. She also shows you a Bill Monroe solo in which Monroe simplifies the melody so he can play it at a fast tempo.

 
SESSION 4: Rhythmic and Melodic Variations on “Soldier’s Joy” - Next Session
 

Sharon shows you some rhythmic and melodic variations on “Soldier’s Joy” and gives you ideas on incorporating them into your own versions of “Soldier’s Joy.” She starts by showing you how to simplify the basic melody of “Soldier’s Joy” like Bill Monroe did, and how the simplified melody allows you to drive the melody by accenting beats two and four or vary your rhythmic accents in different ways. She also talks about varying the melody of “Soldier’s Joy’ with double stops and chord tones.

 
 
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