Acoustic Guitar with Laura Kemp
Exploring The Art of Song on the Acoustic Guitar
Instructor: Laura Kemp
Week 2: August 6 - 12, 2023
Break out your guitars, voices, and writing notebooks! This workshop is for beginner to intermediate players who want to expand their repertoire of songs, learn new skills on the guitar, and explore the art of songwriting. Participants should know at minimum a few basic chords on the guitar and be able to comfortably switch between them. Laura will bring a selection of songs to teach the group, and in that process you will have the opportunity to learn new chord forms, flat picking and finger picking techniques, and basic music theory that will help you in your playing. We will also dive into the art of songwriting!
Each day will include time with the entire group, one on one instruction with Laura, and individual practice time. You will be encouraged and supported to do some small group playing and collaborating with others in the class. At the end of the week there will be an informal sharing/show, and you will come away from the camp with a handful of new songs to work on and play for your friends and family!
No Class Material Fee
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For three decades Laura Kemp has taught guitar, vocals and songwriting in Eugene, Oregon to students ranging in ages from seven to seventy. Her warmth, sense of humor, patience, positivity, and general encouragement of her students has made her one of the most sought after and experienced teachers in the area.
A seasoned performer, songwriter, singer, and guitarist, she has been captivating Northwest audiences since 1990. Her musical interests span anything from folk to bluegrass to jazz to kirtan, and she accompanies herself on guitar, harmonica, banjo, dobro and harmonium. She began playing guitar at the age of 8, eventually honing her skills in cafes and pubs as well as busking on the streets in Europe. Since then, she has gained a reputation as one of the finest performers on the west coast, performing on numerous stages throughout the country, from Passim in Cambridge, MA and CBGB’s Gallery in NYC, to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and the main stage of the Oregon Country Fair. She has produced 7 studio and two live CD’s as well as won the Eugene Weekly’s annual poll for Best Singer-Songwriter too many times to keep track of.
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