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Tyler Grant guitar workshop in South Fork

By Heather Meyer
Special to The PREVIEW

The South Fork Music Association will host a guitar workshop with national flatpicking champion Tyler Grant on Sunday, July 14,  from noon–3 p.m. at the South Fork Community Building.

This workshop will provide a simple and practical approach to practicing and making the most of your time with the guitar. It will focus on creating musical guitar solos for songs and instrumental tunes, as well as cover proper technique for the guitar and explore different flatpicking styles such as single-note soloing, cross-picking and chord-strum melody. Grant emphasizes timing in music and will show you how to improve your timing and feel the groove in your playing. He will also explain some very basic music theory and listening exercises to help you to hear and understand what you are playing. And, of course, help you to feel more comfortable in a group setting so you can get out and pick with others.

Coming into this intermediate/advanced workshop, Grant will expect you to know your basic chords and a few bluegrass songs or tunes, like “Old Joe Clark,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “Billy in the Lowground.” Listen to as much great bluegrass and flatpicking music as you can to immerse yourself in the style. Bring an acoustic guitar, capo, tuner, paper and pencil for notes, and a folder for handouts. Tyler also strongly recommends you bring a portable recording device to record examples to take home and work on. A music stand is a plus. You will be provided some handouts, a couple new flatpicking tunes, a smile and some inspiration.

To register, contact the South Fork Music Association at sfma1@live.com or visit www.southforkmusic.org. Early registration is required.

Grant is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of musical expertise. He is an internationally recognized guitar virtuoso with three solo albums and an impressive resume as a session musician, bandleader and sideman. He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, John Oates, Steve Kaufman, Roland White, David Grier, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band and The String Cheese Incident. Tyler showcases his powerful and original style of flatpicking on his CD release, “Up the Neck.” He calms things down with his latest solo release, “Desert Songs-Toneful Guitar Music for Relaxation and Massage.” His current band project, Grant Farm, is taking root and growing fast. Grant Farm released their self-titled debut CD in April of 2012 on Grant Central Records.

Grant has performed at most major U.S. festivals and performed thousands of concerts worldwide. In addition to the National Flatpicking Championship at Winfield in 2008 and Merlefest Doc Watson Guitar Championship in 2009, Grant has also won the Rockygrass, Wayne Henderson and the New England flatpicking championships. He has released three solo CDs and has been featured in Acoustic Guitar, Flatpicking Guitar, and Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.

Grant will perform at SFMA’s Summer Concert Series at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the South Fork Visitor Center and his band, Grant Farm, will performat 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the eighth annual Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival in South Fork. SFMA Summer Concert Series concerts are free to the public.

For more information on the Summer Concert Series and Rhythms on the Rio, visit www.rhythmsontherio.com, e-mail sfma1@live.com or call (719) 588-9394.

This story was posted on June 20, 2013.