Blues guitar class offered through WKSA
07/15/2009

Blues guitar for players of all ages -- and most abilities -- will be the territory explored in a four-day workshop from the Fort Hays State University Western Kansas String Academy. The class will meet from July 27 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.

 

The blues evolved as a form of self-expression in African-American communities from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. It is considered American-made music and the origin of today’s jazz and rock.

 

The class, taught by Chad Foust, Topeka senior, will experiment with the 12-bar blues, learning basic chord structures and how to improvise on top of them. Students should know the basic chords of A minor, E minor, D minor, A, E, D, C, G and F.

 

Foust has been playing the guitar for 10 years with wide-ranging experience in jazz and pit bands. He is a member of Fat Cat Jazz, a jazz ensemble that plays regularly at area restaurants and around the region. He has taught group and private guitar lessons and classes for the past two years for the Western Kansas String Academy.

 

The class costs $25. For additional information or a registration form, contact Cathy Drabkin at (785) 628-5363 or cadrabkin@fhsu.edu. Registration deadline is July 21.


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