About the Workshop:
In this class, we’ll briefly explore the guitar’s role as a melody and accompanying rhythm instrument, working on techniques and practice habits to get out in front of the learning curve. Themes will include melody playing and leads diverging from the melody. We’ll talk about “leading from the middle” as well as “leading down low” (bass lines and transition tools). .
Eli West is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist. With an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, his guitar playing has been called both unique and strong. He has released a solo record in 2016 including duets with Bill Frisell and John Reischman, and three records as half of the new/old-time duo Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. He also collaborates with Ben Winship, Joe Walsh, Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, and others.