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"Winfield Warmup" Guitar Workshop September 12-14, 2014, Overland Park, Kansas



Mark Fulford (Collings Forum member “dreaded picker”) and I (Collings Forum member "GrierRiceFan") are producing a flatpicking guitar workshop weekend to be held September 12-14, 2014 in Overland Park, KS.

Instructors are Jim Hurst, two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year; and Jeff Guernsey, multi-instrumentalist, Winfield Fiddle Champion, and guitar instructor extraordinaire.

In addition to the instructional workshops, we will also have a "vintage guitar" workshop, led by Jim Baggett, owner of Mass Street Music in Lawrence, KS.  Jim is a well-known vintage dealer, does vintage instrument appraisals on Antiques Roadshow, and has amassed a vintage collection that is unrivaled.  We will also have an opportunity to play the instruments he will have on hand, including some pre-war D-18s and D-28s.

As an attendee at many such workshops, both Mark and I have often come away somewhat disappointed.  It seems as if there is no structure to the sessions and no real determination as to whether or not attendees have improved their playing skills.  In many cases, you rarely play your guitar.  Our workshop is intended to address and overcome these shortcomings.  As educators, we are using our knowledge of adult learning concepts, combined with our passion for flatpicking, to structure the sessions to ensure everyone leaves a better player than when they arrived.

For more details, to purchase a ticket to the workshop (which includes one concert ticket) or the concert (instructors will be the performing artists), or book a hotel room (should it be needed), please go to our website:    http://www.wiresandwoodproductions.com

We are also planning another workshop weekend for March, 2015 in Nashville.  We don't have the specific dates or other details just yet, but will post once we do.

Please join us in September if you are able.


Mark Fulford and Jim Kitterman

Here are a few videos featuring our instructors:

Jeff Guernsey:


and Jim Hurst:


If you were to attend a flat picking guitar workshop, what topics would you like to see covered by the instructors? Please provide a list of 4 or 5 topics. To get your thought process kick-started, I am providing a list of some sample topics below, but please don't be limited by those. If something not on the list comes to mind, go for it and put it on your list in your reply.

Many thanks, in advance.



Common Kickoffs
Backup Rhythm
Rhythm (strumming) patterns
Walking Bass Lines
Moveable Chord Shapes - related to the CAGED system?
Accompaniment - enhancing the melody
Scales for soloing - closed position scales
Dynamics - picking hand issues
Flatpicking related to other styles - western swing, jazz, etc.
Moving beyond the "cowboy" chords
Use of drone notes - double stops
Maximizing your tone
Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, Slides
Practice routines

Reminder, the "early bird" discount for the Winfield Warmup flat picking workshop tickets is good for only two more weeks. Regular pricing takes effect August 1st. www.wiresandwoodproductions.com

Get 'em while they're HOT!

Any ideas for the 2015 Winfield Festival?

I've posted in the past regarding Winfield...it was a target destination for me for 3 years in a row before I returned to work (was retired). I made the decision the last time that I attended that I would no longer camp in the Pecan Grove...that place has gotten CRAZY and particularly the last night of the festival. On the Monday morning after the festival the last time I attended there was one rather strange individual wandering through the campgrounds screaming at the top of his lungs...probably still "intoxicated" from the previous night's revelry (although, most people are out of the campgrounds on Sunday afternoon/evening, since the last of the performances are over early in the afternoon on Sunday).

Once I retire "again" I'll be back at the festival...it's a great event and I wish I could talk more Texans into going, it's only about 7 or 8 hours on the road from the Houston area.


Dugly 8)


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