Songwriting methodologies that have worked for me.

Laura Love

  • What Drives or Inspires the Song
  • Techniques and Approaches to Songwriting
  • Fears about Songwriting
  • To Rhyme or not to Rhyme

Practical Applications of songwriting techniques.

Laura Love

  • Exercises to conquer writer’s block
  • Identifying your audience (i.e, political songs, church groups, family gatherings, women’s songs, love songs, children songs);
  • Identifying a group of songwriter’s who are doing exactly what you would like to be doing.
  • Forming songwriting partnerships and groups
  • Kind and constructive ways to give input on other’s songs and ways to accept input without feeling criticized.

Introduction to Slide Guitar.

David Jacobs-Strain

Make slide guitar a powerful tool for developing your own songs as well as accompanying others. Learn  techniques and tunes in this hands on class.

Demystifying the Recording Process.

David Jacobs-Strain

Come with a song. We will record and mix as many as time allows, working with technical concepts and arrangements to best serve your song.No experience necessary .

Packaging Your Song

Joe Craven

There are many ways you can package a song; genre/style, instrument choices, different arrangements, etc,. “Producing” a song can make a great song fall flat or make a mediocre song a mega hit! Take a traditional song and make it indie pop; take a brand new song and make it sound 100 years old. Looking at things differently is part of a long, grand tradition in Folk Music. Bring completed or partials of songs and let’s have a great time playing dress up with those awesome ideas of yours!

Improvisation For Better Songwriting

Joe Craven

A refreshing look at the disciplined practice of spontaneity in word and sound play, jump starting your ideas and keeping your songwriting movin’ & groovin’. We’ll explore the concept of “word salad”, the value of scatting melodies and rhythm reading. It’s Joe’s modern take on the idea of being a “song catcher” not of other’s songs, but your OWN! Get ready to move, write, make sounds and smile.

On the Radio

Sleepy John

How to get your music played and make the most of an interview

Get the Gig

Sleepy John

How to book shows and organize successful live music events

Fresh sounds – Writing music

Adam Burns

In 2018, I set myself the challenge of writing a song every week. By doing this, I learned a lot about coming up with new ideas and turning them into songs. In this class I’ll teach you some activities that will help you generate and develop new melodies, harmonies and rhythms. You’ll get a chance to practice and then we’ll share what we’ve created with the group.

Fresh sounds – Writing words

Adam Burns

In 2018, I set myself the challenge of writing a song every week. By doing this, I learned a lot about coming up with new ideas and turning them into songs. In this class, we’ll focus on writing the words. I’ll share with you some activities that will help you get come up with lyrical ideas and then develop them into complete songs.

Writing songs for kids and Writing Songs with kids

Gail Dreifus

Gail will encourage you to get in touch with your inner child and write from a kid’s perspective .  Being silly, creative and performing your song with enthusiasm is the goal of this workshop.  She will share with you ideas on what to write about and provide you with thoughts on how to craft your song to be teachable and entertaining.  Another aspect of this workshop is how to write songs with kids. Gail has been trained as a “Guitars in the Classroom”  (GITC) teacher under the founder, Jessica Barron. Gail is bringing this knowledge to YSR to share easy tips on how to write songs with kids.  Bring pencil, paper, and a sense of humor and wonder.

From Start to Finish

Gail Dreifus

Have you ever written a song about a person you don’t know or an experience you never had?  This workshop will focus on the fictional part of writing.  We will practice writing from a perspective that is fictional to you.  Writing a song based only on your experience is easy; writing a fictional song can be more difficult.  Lets stretch our truths and write from a place we have never tried before. Our goal is to write a song or ideas that are compelling based on its own merits, true to the character of its performer or writer.   Can you meet this challenge?

General Music Theory

Mike Christner

Explanation of modes, intervals and scales as they relate to chord structure, concentrating on major and minor triads. Will include handouts and examples of each topic.

General Music Theory Continued

Mike Christner

A continuation of triad chord structure introducing dominate and major 7ths. Then relative minor chords leading to 6ths chords. Introduction to augmented and diminished chords, to include handouts and examples of each topic.

Guitar Workshop

Will Morebeck & Billy Buckman

This workshop is for beginning and intermediate guitar players who want to take their guitar playing to the next level . We will cover:
• Basic Struming – Learn to play in time.
• Basic Fingerpicking – Introduction to Travis picking.
• Capo placement – How to change keys.
• Partial Capo – Create interesting melodies.
• Duo Guitar Dynamics/Nashville Counting – How to perform with others.

Mentor Sessions

In addition to classes and workshops, our instructors will also be available for mentor sessions throughout the weekend. These sessions are your opportunity to have some one-on-one time with our instructors and get specific advice on something you’re working on.