Bring the music of the Grateful Dead to life on your guitar in this workshop based on the best-selling Homespun video series Learn Seven Classic Grateful Dead Songs for Acoustic Guitar
. Jeffrey shows you not only how to play the chords and create powerful grooves behind your singing on songs like “Friend of the Devil,” “New Speedway Boogie,” “Althea,” and “Casey Jones,” but also how to add cool embellishments and lead breaks inspired by the Dead’s live and studio performances.
Jeffrey, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar
magazine, interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir in depth about their guitar and songwriting styles, and draws on insights from those conversations to capture the soul of their timeless songs. The workshop is designed for intermediate players but is also accessible for beginners with knowledge of basic chords.
The specific songs covered will vary according to the interests of the group. If you would like to request a song or have any other questions, email Jeffrey
"Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers sure can play the music—listen to his 'Stella Blue' and you’ll know what I mean. Better still, he can teach it."
—Dennis McNally, author, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
"Jeffrey has breathed new life into some of my favorite songs with his creative arrangements for solo acoustic guitar. I really enjoyed learning some new tricks in alternate tunings."—D. Brett
This online workshop will be held on the Zoom platform. You will need a computer with a webcam (preferred), or a smartphone or tablet. Instructions on how to join the "meetings" will be emailed to participants before the session (usually the day before). To view basic tutorials on how Zoom works, click here. Please have the Zoom program (the free version is fine) installed on your device and tested before you join the session.
Questions about this workshop? Email us.