MARSHALL, Michigan – The Franke Center for the Arts is pleased to offer a new six-week guitar workshop with one of Marshall’s favorite performers, Kjell Croce, starting January 4.
This six week workshop will focus on blues guitar fingerpicking techniques. Students will learn to play Delta Blues, Texas Blues, and slide guitar, via music from great bluesman Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Mance Lipscomb and Fred McDowell.
This workshop is aimed at intermediate players looking to broaden their playing skills and learn new techniques. A basic knowledge of chords and familiarity with the guitar will be required, but for guitarists who have not yet tried fingerpicking, this will be a great introduction. For guitarists who already practice fingerpicking, this workshop will enrich their repertoire.
The workshop will cover equipment and technique as well as learning songs in multiple keys and styles, such as standard tuning, Open G and Open D tunings.
The workshop will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on January 4, 11, 18 and 25 and February 1 and 8.
The first five workshops will be held at the Franke Center, 214 E. Mansion St., in the Green Room (enter through the door closest to the parking lot), and the final class (2/8) will be held at the Downstage Club.
The cost is $ 100 and guitarists aged 16 and over are welcome to participate.
Guitarist Kjell Croce is a musician who wears several musical caps. Now based in Marshall, Michigan, he has traveled and lived in various parts of the United States and has been mesmerized by the abundance of musical styles across the country.
From blues to bluegrass, from folk to jazz with a big dose of rock and roll, he has absorbed these styles and made them his own. He has shared the stage with bluesmen Lonnie Brooks and Jimmy Johnson, songwriters Ellis Paul, Kate Cambell and Dave Ramont, and has performed at the Michigan Talent Showcase, Ann Arbor Dancing Lights Folk Festival and Harmonyfest in Three Rivers. Most recently it opened for Joe Louis Walker at the Franke Center.
Additionally, his latest CD “Lightnin ‘Rod” was released in the US and Europe with Radio Milo’s Ray Pieters-Dreesens commenting, “Very expressive vocals, strong lyrics, very original and diverse sound”. In addition to his solo work, he can be seen performing with the group COW and 3LB CUT.
Depending on local conditions, COVID-19 safety restrictions will be in place during the workshops. Participants will need to register, disinfect their hands, wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from each other.
To register for workshops or for more information, visit thefranke.org.
Programming at the Franke Center is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.