Sat. May 6, Grateful Dead & Writing Songs with Guitar w/Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Sat. May 6, Grateful Dead & Writing Songs with Guitar w/Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Sat. May 6, Grateful Dead & Writing Songs with Guitar w/Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

$ 25.00

Saturday, May 6th. Held at HMT's lessons studio. $25 per class.

Grateful Dead for Acoustic Guitar Workshop - 12:30-2pm

Writing Songs with Guitar Workshop - 3-4:30pm

12:30-2pm: Grateful Dead for Acoustic Guitar Workshop

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. For those who took this workshop last year, we will cover different songs! If you would like to request a song or have any other questions, email Jeffrey at
A sample from Jeffrey's Homespun DVDs (will be available for sale at the workshop):

3:00-4:30pm: Writing Songs with Guitar

For a songwriter, the guitar can do more than accompany your voice and fill in the chords—it can be a great writing partner, sparking song ideas and helping to guide you throughout the process. In this workshop Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, shares tips and techniques for using the guitar in songwriting. Learn how to turn riffs and grooves into songs, steal ideas (legally!) from other songs, develop chord progressions, build contrast between sections of a song, and more.

More about Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Space is limited - we highly recommend registering in advance! Read more about our workshop registration & cancellation policies.

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