2013 Workshop Lineup

BenJammin Educational Music with BenJammin & Analisa


Anna Whitten Hall Room 306

11:00am - 12:00pm

Hometown: Vicksburg, MI

Presented by: BenJammin & Analisa Gauthier
BenJammin & Analisa teach children valuable life skill concepts through music!  This energetic duo keeps children engaged and learning while using instruments, books, and interactive movements. 

Beginners Guide to Mandolin


Anna Whitten Hall Room 307

11:30am - 12:30pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Presented by Miles Kunis
A brief illustrated history of the mandolin and a beginner's introduction to playing the mandolin

Bill Clements Bass Guitar Clinic

Anna Whitten Hall Room 306

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Website: https://www.facebook.com/billclementsbass

Presented by: Bill Clements
Q&A performance, discussion about style, originality, and technical facility

From the Open Strings to the 5th position of the Fretted Board

Anna Whitten Hall Room 307

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hometown: Plainwell, MI

Presented by: Rene Meave
A discussion on techniques and fun stuff to play while learning more about the fretboard of your guitar. Focus, open strings, & names of the notes up to the 5th position. This will be done in Chromatic fashion. (1/2 steps up and down, #/'s/b's) This is for beginners up to those who understand progressions but may have a lock on the process of how chords interealate (exp. Relative chords, 1/4/5, major/minor) Shared techniques for beginners will include, Tejano/country chord movements & a little chicken-pickin.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Workshop

Anna Whitten Hall Room 308

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Website: http://www.geraldross.com

Presented by: Gerald Ross
A discussion on the history of the Hawaiian steel guitar, perform songs associated with the instrument, have a hands on session, and perform music on two classic models of the steel guitar, a 1928 National Tri Cone acoustic and a 1954 Fender Champion electric.

Traditional Finger style Blues

Anna Whitten Hall Room 309

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hometown: Scotts, MI

Website: https://www.facebook.com/john.speeter

Presented by: John Speeter
Basic instruction on techniques for " Delta Style" and " Piedmont Style" acoustic Blues

History and Technique of Slide Guitar

Anna Whitten Hall Room 307

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Hometown: Wyoming, MI

Website: https://www.facebook.com/angelo.santelli

Presented by: Angelo Santelli
A discussion and demonstration of the various aspects of the slide guitar, primarily focusing on bottleneck electric guitar and dobro and its role in various genres of blues and rock music, but also touching Gospel, bluegrass, and Indian aspects

Kalamazoo Gals: The Story of the Extraordinary Women Who Built Gibson's WWII " Banner" Guitars


Anna Whitten Hall Room 308

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Website: http://www.kalamazoogals.com\

Presented by: John Thomas
A presentation of the book, Kalamazoo Gals: The Story of the Extraordinary Women Who Built Gibson’s WWII " Banner" Guitars. Additional info available at www.kalamazoogals.com

Report on the Gibson Oral History Project

Anna Whitten Hall Room 309

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Presented by: Jay Gavan
Discuss the ongoing collection of oral histories from former Gibson Guitar, Inc. employees, presented by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.