High 48s Band Workshop — Saturday, October 17

MN Fiddlers Assoc. - Bluegrass Band Workshop 2015


The High 48s are partnering up with the Minnesota State Fiddler’s Association for an afternoon band workshop this fall in Brooklyn Center, MN.

The focus of this workshop will be on playing bluegrass with others, either in a jam setting or in a bluegrass band.

This workshop is open to anyone who plays a bluegrass instrument: fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar.  We’ll also be giving instruction on harmony singing.

Topics will include arranging songs and vocal harmonies, playing backup, playing solos, building repertoire and writing set lists. We’ll also talk a little about jam etiquette and how to jam at a bluegrass festival or pickin’ party.

We’ll start off working with the individual instruments (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar) in breakout sessions. Then we’ll bring everyone together to practice playing and singing as a band.

We cover a lot of ground in these workshops, but we like to keep the vibe upbeat and fun. Players at all levels of experience are welcome.

The workshop will be followed by a short concert with The High 48s. All workshop participants are welcome to join us onstage for a song or two!


Where: Crossings at Brookwood, 6201 Lilac Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


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From 57th Ave N and Hwy 100—take 57th Ave N east to Fremonth, north to Lilac Drive. Street parking available. Closest bus stop is Lilac and Dupont (#22 bus).

When: October  17, 2015. The workshop runs from 1pm to 5pm. Concert from 5-5:30pm.

How to register: Registration for Minnesota State Fiddlers Association (MSFA) members is $35 and for non-members $45. If you’re a fiddle player and not currently a member, membership is only $10. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Checks for registration and membership can be sent to the MSFA, c/o Carla Manning, 1378 – 105th Lane NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 OR bring your check to the workshop.

Bluegrass Jam Camp – August 4-6, 2015

MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp 2015

We’re excited to once again be on the faculty for the MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp that takes place the week prior to the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana in Richmond, MN!

From August 4-6th we’ll be helping pickers of all ages form bands, learn to jam and prepare to play LIVE on stage for a recital at the end of the camp.

Each member of the band will also teach group lessons on our respective instruments and the whole band will put on mini-clinics on topics such as harmony singing, jam etiquetteplaying live around one microphone, stage presence and MCing, and more!

The cost for the three-day camp is $95  before July 15th and $120 after that date. Pre-registration advised. Class size limited to 12 students per instructor.

To register call 1-800-635-3037 email to info@minnesotabluegrass.org

For more info about this camp, info about the Old-Time Jam Camp and links to the festival please see: http://minnesotabluegrass.org/as_MbotmaFestInstruct