Billy Cardine is a genre-blurring composer, slide guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist who currently performs with a variety of bands and is an active session musician and producer. He has been featured on, BBC World’s Destination Music, the PBS Roadtrip Nation, the new Jerry Douglas Production “Southern Filibuster”, The History Channel’s Our Generation, and at The Ryman Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo, and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Learn more about Billy here.
Introduction to the Clawhammer Ukulele- I’ve always thought the Clawhammer Style banjo was about the most ‘bang for the buck’ instrument. Of course, as with any instrument, mastery takes your 10,000 hours, but that being said, the Clawhammer style allows for very nice and full-sounding music right out of the gate with maybe the least amount of practice. We tune to an open chord, so we’ve got one chord down once we’re in tune! The basic clawhammer motion provides rhythm, the melodies are pulled from within our chord shapes, and a whole lot of nice sounds can happen all at once.
Useful Bits of Music Theory – Realistically, we don’t all have time to become Doctors of Music Theory at a college, as fun as that might be. This class is designed to pull some very useful morsels from a Theory class and make them exceptionally useful in practice and jam settings. We will use Vocal songs as examples and explore how the Melody goes thru the chords in a surprisingly predictable and understandable way. We will considerably increase our ‘batting average’ for being able to play songs on the fly in jam settings! There will be a little homework involved, but i think students will find it encouraging and enlightening as to how manageable this can really be.