I came across this artist’s work on creativity, and the more I read his work, the more I thought of you and how you talk about creativity as a musician. I think you two could have a great conversation.
All in comic form, super fun and insightful, too. I hope you enjoy this: http://doodlealley.com/2011/08/27/principle-vs-process/
Best to you,
It really is a cool site, and it presents some great ideas in a way that may be more accessible to some readers.
If this sort of thing floats your boat, you may also want to check out Zen Pencils and the Alan Watts Theater.
I cannot stress enough the importance of experimenting with various forms of presentation when it comes to teaching. Just playing well is not enough. You have to be able to communicate.
My Subway Shuffle video from 2006 really simple example of using an unconventional presentation in a music lesson. I learned how to play and talk to an audience when I was a kid busking on the street and marching with the Mummers in Philadelphia. I am not going through any kind of rehearsed lesson – it’s all off the cuff and it works because I know the material inside and out. Instead of reciting facts like a robot I am simply sharing something cool with my friends on the other side of the camera.
I have used other events like coming in from the rain, repairing a toilet during a lesson and even giving a workshop while I was still half asleep. The list goes on through more than 400 video workshops and it all boils down to constantly searching and improvising ways to share the joy of making music.
Over the holidays it would be really cool if you all took some time to experiment with video or audio or still images or whatever your imagination cooks up and put together a workshop to share a song or a technique. I would love to see what you come up with!
Woody Sez is an amazing production and the musicians involved are wonderful ambassadors of the craft. After the show they gathered everybody together and kept on making music just for the love of it – and that is what folk music is all about.
I cannot thank David Finch enough for this wonderful experience. Amy and I had a great time.
I also want to thank Amy for taking these fantastic photographs.
Amy and I will be at Theater J in Washington DC on Saturday night to catch a performance of Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie. Our invitation comes courtesy of David Finch, who plays banjo and a bunch of other instruments in the production.
There is a hootenanny after the show and I have been invited to drag out my banjo and play along. I’m not sure how well my shoulder is going to hold up, but I sure as hell won’t let a chance like this pass by!
Amy and I are planning to have dinner at Agora before the show. It should be a nice night on the town. I mean, how many people get to see a show and then make music with the cast? I love being a folk musician. Every day is an adventure.
Years ago when I recorded the The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo Companion CD, we finished up early and had some extra studio time. Rather than let the time go to waste I improvised a workshop CD covering the basics of playing and singing with the banjo and guitar.
Dear Old Dad found the master files from the session recently and I was happily surprised at how well this workshop has held up over the years.
Now, when I made the recording we intended to put together a book to go with the CD, but that has not happened yet. There is still plenty in the recording to keep you busy.
You can order your copy from our secure server link below or call Dear Old Dad at (410) 968-3873,
Singing With The Banjo And Guitar
- Skip To My Lou
- Red River Valley
- Rosewood Casket
- The Vacant Chair
- The Wabash Cannonball
- Jesus Won’t You Come By Here?
- The Streets Of Laredo
- Wildwood Flower
- Cripple Creek
- Careless Love
- The Titanic
- Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
- The Black Velvet Band
- Little Maggie
- Handsome Molly
- Roving Gambler
- Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?
- New River Train
- Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
- The White House Blues
- The Banks of the Ohio
- Sail Away Ladies
- Sugar Hill
- Go’in Down The Road Feeling Bad
- Old Time Religion
Singing With The Banjo And Guitar CD
26 Tracks – 41 minutes
Dear Old Dad with news from Crisfield Maryland.
Charley Patton on the banjo.
Brady Scott, who does those amazing banjo heads, has been working on a series called Faces of Bluegrass. His Roscoe Hocomb is wonderful.
See more of his work at http://bradyscott.weebly.com/