CHICAGO - The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a hands-on workshop, Leading and Following at the Folk Jam with Mark Dvorak on Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 pm. The workshop will last two hours and will take place at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Those interested in attending should bring their instruments.
"Mark is the jammaster here at the Old Town School," said program manager Jimmy Tomasello. "Nobody in the Midwest, possibly the nation has led more jam sessions and sing alongs than Mark. He started back in the 1980s and has continued right on through the legendary Folk Club Sessions and our own Thursday Night Special Folk Jams here at the School. He has a magical way of involving people in the music and getting them to play and sing together."
The workshop will cover the responsibilities that come with leading a song and choosing the kinds of songs on which others can join in easily.
Dvorak will demonstrate "the democracy of chaos," and working without printed materials as a way to promote more energetic music.
Workshop goers will also learn how to sing and play their instrument so others will listen, and follow the lead. They’ll learn some techniques to vary the program and further involve those in attendance.
Followers will learn how to watch and listen for the chord changes. Even beginners who know only a few chords, benefit from participating in a community jam. More advanced players will gain the opportunity to get behind other players by adding runs, fills, harmonies and even leads.
Enroll by calling the Old Town School of Folk Music at 773 728 6000. Or enroll online here.
Email MD here with your questions.