Classes

Dave Polston

Dave was fascinated by banjo but didn’t start playing til later in life.  As a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he now plays and teaches banjo, guitar, and dobro.  
His love of music leads him to volunteer to teach Tucson’s Desert Bluegrass Association’s weekly, free workshops on bluegrass jamming techniques.  As president of the Association, he works tirelessly to make their Bluegrass Festival (held in Marana) better each year.
Dave is a founding member of the 7 year old 2 Lazy 2 Ranch Band.  The band currently has 3 CDs out, the latest of which is “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch”.

Lauren Price Napier

Music has long been present in the life of Lauren Price Napier.  Growing up, she learned to sing duet-style harmony with her twin sister, Leanna, by listening to their parents sing together. Although Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments as children, it wasn’t until they attended a few workshops and festivals in their mid-high school years that they began to take a strong interest in bluegrass music. 

Lauren is a 2017 graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Traditional Music and a minor in Business Administration. She holds the role of co-founder, mandolinist, and vocalist with The Price Sisters band – most of her professional work in the music industry comes from within that position. While still in college, Lauren and Leanna signed with Rebel Records, released an EP, and subsequently began touring as The Price Sisters. The Sisters’ released their first full-length album for Rebel, “A Heart Never Knows,” in spring of 2018. Fronted by Lauren and Leanna, The Price Sisters five-piece band to-date has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States, China, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. 

In 2016 and 2017, Lauren was among those instructing at the Monroe Mandolin Camp. She has taught classes at Bean Blossom Bluegrass Bootcamp, the Bobby Osborne Mandolin Roundup, and at various festivals where The Price Sisters have performed. Lauren has worked as an artist-in-residence with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum and in June of 2019, was featured for an interview on Mandolin Cafe. Lauren was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year and IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year for 2020 in addition to The Price Sisters’ band nomination for Momentum Band of the Year in 2019. When she’s not on the road performing, Lauren teaches skype, in-person, and private instrumental lessons for children and adults.

Slow Jam

Beth Mead

Dave Polston

Slow Jam is designed for those wanting a group playing experience where all the songs use only the G, C, and D chords, and the tempos are slow. The songs are lead by Beth Mead Sullivan and Dave Polston who provide a Slow Jam Songbook and a wonderful, warm, and encouraging charm as you develop your musical skills. The slow jam meets every evening after the concerts.

Becky Buller

Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from St. James, MN, who has traversed the globe performing bluegrass music to underwrite her insatiable songwriting habit.  She has co-written songs for Grammy award-winning albums by The Infamous Stringdusters (2018) and The Travelin’ McCourys (2019).  Becky has received 8 IBMA awards, including the 2016 Fiddler and Female Vocalist Of The Year.  She was a 2020 nominee for SPBGMA’s Fiddle Player Of The Year.  She tours extensively with the Becky Buller Band and is about to release Distance And Time, her third album for  the Dark Shadow Recording label.  Equally passionate about music education, Becky has 20 years experience teaching fiddle, singing, and songwriting at workshops worldwide.  She serves on the board of the IBMA Foundation and an alumnae of the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2003. BeckyBuller.com

Songwriting

Songwriting

Chris Sanders and Elliott Rogers will be offering a daily one hour workshop which will include listening to musical examples, discussion of style components (musical structure, subject matter, crafting lyrics and more) and writing exercises to incorporate some of these components.

Dobro

Dobro Classes

Jimmy teaches a “hands on” class and promotes questions from the students. Backup playing, scales and the use of scales. Blues licks playing without a capo as well as creative uses of the capo are all covered. You will leave class sure of what to practice to dramatically become a better player.

Jimmy spends time with each student looking for problems that hold the student back. All of the information is placed in the context of popular Bluegrass,
Country and Blue tunes.

 

Vocals

Vocal Classes

VOCAL (all levels)

A clearer understanding of some basic vocal principles can transform your singing experience! We’ll get to the heart of good vocal technique (including finding and broadening your range, tone quality, projection, phrasing and much more), explore the basics of bluegrass harmony and apply your new skills to some favorite bluegrass songs new and old.

Bass

Bass Classes

BASS (all levels)

Students will work to develop a “bluegrass way” of bass playing. Proper setup and technique will also be emphasized.

Fiddle

Fiddle Classes

FIDDLE (two levels, please choose one)

Beginning – For students with limited or no experience on the fiddle. Important techniques, proper form, and basic scales will be emphasized.

Intermediate/Advanced – All aspects of bluegrass fiddling will be covered including bow techniques, playing in tune, soloing, backup and fiddle tunes.

Mandolin

Mandolin Classes

Mandolin 

Special workshops include beginning soloing, use of pentatonic scales, creating a solo for any song and more.