The Bottleneck Guitar of Blind Willie Johnson: A Workshop with Martin Grosswendt

When: October 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Venue : Elderly Instruments, 1100 North Washington, Lansing MI 48906


The Bottleneck Guitar of Blind Willie Johnson: A Workshop with Martin Grosswendt

The Bottleneck Guitar of Blind Willie Johnson: A Workshop with Martin Grosswendt

"Learn the secrets of the spine-chilling Texas gospel-blues guitar great from one of today's most accomplished slide players!"


Thursday, October 12, 2017 
7-8:30 pm
Location: Elderly Instruments 
workshop ($40) 

 

Register for this workshop here!

 

Blind Willie Johnson, the great Texas guitar evangelist, was known for his searing bottleneck guitar work and powerful vocals. He combined expressive, vocal-like melody lines with an incredibly percussive right hand to create a distinctive, driving sound.

 

This class will delve into Johnson's bottleneck style and pay particular attention to his right-hand technique. We'll analyze Johnson’s single-string melody lines, vibrato, left and right-hand muting techniques, and unique rhythm within the context of his greatest recordings. Bring a guitar, a bottleneck and a recording device!

 

Martin Grosswendt, known as a musician's musician, is a master of Piedmont and Delta blues, especially well-known for his bottleneck guitar work. Martin has been exploring the roots and branches of American acoustic music for more than 40 years. His fingerpicking, bottleneck playing and singing have amazed and moved audiences, critics and other musicians at festivals, concerts and music camps across the U.S. His instrumental skills are matched by his knowledge of the music's sources and creators, whose stories he weaves into every performance. His influences include, Blind Blake, Charlie Patton, Son House, Blind Willie McTell, Reverend Gary Davis, and Blind Willie Johnson.


Martin began his career as a session musician and sideman working with folk legends including Utah Phillips, Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. He's in demand as a teacher with private students in Boston, MA and Providence, RI. He also teaches students across America and in Europe via Skype, He’s taught at music camps in New England including WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, Guitar Intensives in Maine and Banjo Camp North and Mandolin Camp North in Massachusetts. Farther afield, he’s taught at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop and Festival, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Traditions Week at Common Ground on the Hill, Blues and Swing Week at Augusta Heritage Center, and Euro Blues Week in the UK.

 

NOTE: Martin Grosswendt will be appearing live! in concert at the Robin Theatre in Lansing's Reo Town, with Susanne Salem-Schatz and special guest Rev. Robert Jones - 1105 South Washington, Thursday Oct. 5, 7-9 pm.


Register for this workshop here!


(Check out merchandise we carry featuring Martin Grosswendt).


(Check out merchandise we carry featuring Blind Wille Johnson).