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Ken Perlman Workshop

Posted by Brentk5s on Sunday, October 26, 2008

I just attended the Ken Perlman workshop at the Folk School of St. Louis.  I really enjoyed it.  Of course now I have to change my whole technique... such as it is.  But that, I suppose is the joy of learning. 

I hope that I did not slow the whole class down too much.  I know that a few of the other students were more advanced than me,  I hope they still got as much out of the class as I did. 

I have a new appreciation for the White Laydie.  On of the students, Jim, had a beatiful example with a terrific new neck (including engraved gryphon on the headstock).  It sounded great!

The Folk School is a wonderful resource for St. Louis.  Their new location is a vas improvement over their previous location. Unfortunately, the previous location was walking distance from my house, but the new place has parking!

With any luck I'll be back in classes in the January sessions.

3 comments on “Ken Perlman Workshop”

Mschaefer Says:
Saturday, November 8, 2008 @8:45:08 PM

Hey man, glad it helped you. 
What was the turnout for the workshop?  What did Perlman cover?

Brentk5s Says:
Saturday, November 8, 2008 @9:37:01 PM

There were about 6 of us in the workshop.  There was also fiddle workshop with Alan Jabbour he had about 20 students. 

Since we were a mixed group in experince and ablility he spent most of the time on right-hand technique.  A few of us, myself included, had been taught that the right-hand motion came from the elbow and Perlman emphasised the wrist as the source of the stroke with the elbow adding power.  He described it as a stylized handshake motion.  

He went through a series of exercises that he had once published in Banjo Newsletter.  I have a PDF copy on anouther computer.  I can send it to you if you like...

Brentk5s Says:
Saturday, November 8, 2008 @9:39:59 PM

Then we went through Ducks on the Pond and tried to play it with the fiddle workshop.  While I thought I was getting it when we were together playing it with the fiddlers was a whole other story...

Unfortunately we learned the "A" part first and they started with the "B" part, and we had to capo up two frets.  It wasn't so successful, but it was a nice attempt.  The fiddlers seemed to be a little ahead of us.

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