Here’s a new season of our monthly blues study group and
it seems to me that starting with the grooves that keeps the
blues alive is a good beginning. I’ll give a general presentation
but then it all comes down to the comping and the energy. Let’s
play music and share tips!
I’ll also do a short presentation on Big Bill Broonzy’s “Key to
the Highway”. Acoustic, standard tuning. Check out this link to
see and here Big Bill in action:
So please come out! Same deal, same location, check with me
or Lonny if you don’t know the deal.
In this workshop we look at Mark
Knopfler’s great fingerstyle acoustic
guitar playing. From fairly easy strummers
to “oh my goodness how does he do that”
a good time is promised for all. For those
not familiar with Knopfler's output over the
years check it out online... it's a goldmine
of great songs. Knopfler fan Richard Burns
This is a freebie for my clients. Email
me if you're coming or contact Lonny,
250 592-3501 www.southislandstudio.com
We’ll look at strategies for playing something
complimentary and fun in jamming situations.
Our goal will be to learn by having specific
strategies and applying them to songs we do
in the session.
$35. Email me or contact Lonny, 250 592-3501
We’ll look at strategies to learn the neck.
This is beneficial to being able to find up
the neck chord voicings, solo on chord tones,
and generally venture into zones we don’t
usually play in. It takes time to learn the neck
but with a strategy and consistent practice
it is as doable as learning your first chords.
$35. email me or contact Lonny, 250 592-3501,
Blues Open G: Robert Johnson - in this workshop we
focus on the song “Crossroads” as played by Robert
Johnson. Detailed study of this song will naturally lead to
a good understanding of his style in open G tuning.
Sat. July 14, $35. email me or contact Lonny,
250 592-3501 www.southislandstudio.com
10am to 11:30am
Blues Open G: Muddy Waters – in this workshop
we focus on the song “I Feel Like Goin’ Home” as
played by Muddy Waters. Studying one song
leads to lots of references to other Muddy Waters
songs as well. Sat. July 21st. $35, email me or
contact Lonny. 10am to 11:30am
Blues Open G: John Lee Hooker - in this workshop
we focus on the song “Crawling Kingsnake” as
played by John Lee Hooker. John Lee’s free
approach and solid rhythm is always worth
studying and emulating. Sat. July 28th. $35,
email me or contact Lonny, 250 592-3501,
www.southislandstudio.com 10am to 11:30am
A fun look at John’s new book “Beyond
Words” which I just purchased. It has
lyrics and chords for vintage Prine.
We’ll spend the time playing and studying
this great songwriter and guitarist.
$35. email me or contact Lonny at
South Island Studio. 250 592-3501
Focus for this session is soloing over chord changes that move
outside of the usual blues 12 bar. We'll look at comping possibilities
as well. Songs selected for a look are: "Still Got the Blues for You",
"Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out", "From 4 Until
Late", and "Momma Just Wants to Barrelhouse".
We'll also continue to expand our blues book repertoire. Same
location, if you don't know it call South Island Studio,
250 592-3501 or email.
I've done this workshop a several times and always look forward to it.
It only gets better learning Neil’s guitar style and his songs run the
gamut from bluegrass to brash rock and roll. "Harvest Moon " to
"Keep on Rocking in the Free World". Popular standards and so much
that is uniquely Neil. As a player this is a chance to develop pick skills
and syncopation in your strums and riffs. If you want to write some
songs, studying Neil is great for diversity of subject, modes, song
structures, and melody. A chance to play, a chance to study, a chance
to deepen your repertoire.
Saturdays: (2018) April 28th, May 26th, and June 23rd. 4 – 5:30pm $115.
South Island Studio: contact Lonny to register, 250 592-3501
With great anticipation of lots of great playing and
fun we'll shine a light on BB King again. "Sweet Little
Angel" will be our starting point and we can add some
of his other classics to our blues book as well. As usual
we'll jam other blues standards. Look forward to
seeing you there. Spring blooms and the blues!
$40. Usual location. Let Lonny know you're coming,
I will present on open G riffs and songs in the Delta bluesslide style.
I think that if we separate the riffs from the rhythm parts and
listen for the "call and answer" nature of blues songs we can learn
to play them more easily and with more authority. Of course it's
all about great songs and great artists. I've chosen Johnny Winter's
"Dallas" and Muddy Water's "Train Fare Blues" to get us started.
If you don't play slide come out and give it a shot, I'll bring extra
slides. And there will be lots of songs to jam to any tuning, and mostly
in the key of G and A.
Usual location, contact Lonny; 250 592-3501. $40.
I’ll present some material on what I can dig up on Steve Cropper
blueswise. What are those subtle licks on "Green Onions"? And
then there's the Blues Brothers. Personally, though it's not the blues,
I've always been fascinated with "Dock of the Bay" 's use of G, B,
C, A, F, D, and E... all major chords!
Also a look at BB King’s melodic soloing string bends. I got hooked
again seeing a video where he plays with John Mayer on youtube. What
a master! Do I need lighter strings!
Lots of jamming with our ever growing song list! Bring any guitar, always
good to hear other tunings and we can translate licks into the different
tuning. Good learning! Usual location, if you don't know it contact Lonny.
Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, , The Avett Brothers, Calexico, Dylan, Alison
Kraus,, Gillian Welch; songwriters continue to draw on the North American
folk /blues /country traditions of popular guitar styles and songwriting.
Call it Americana. There is so much to study. We'll take a selective look
at what contemporary players are doing and how it has sprung from such
players as Ma Carter, Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Charlie Patton and
Leadbelly.. We’ll carefully chose songs that exemplify alternate bass style,
Ma Carter style, and pick/strum style accompaniment skills. Bring your
favourite song to the group for analysis. If you’re a writer, let’s write under
the influence. I’ll provide strategies. Heart and Craft. Study and play.
Hope you can make it!
Saturdays: (2018) Jan 27th, February 24th and Mar. 24th. 4 – 5:30pm
South IslandStudios: $115. Contact Lonny to register, 250 592-3501
We've got so many great tunes to jam on. Bring the guitar
you've been playing most, electric or acoustic. I'll have
chord lyric sheets ready for St. James Infirmary, Stormy
Monday, Shake Your Money Maker, and many more from
My short presentation will be on Deep Blues in E standard
tuning. I've chosen three songs to represent what I consider
to be almost a genre; Catfish Blues, (Rolling Stone), It
Serves Me Right to Suffer, and Voodoo Child. All these songs
are almost one chord songs in E with a driving slow beat and
copious use of first position riffs in E. A must for all blues
players in my opinion.
See you there! Register / let Lonny know if you're coming:
250 592-3501, South Island Studios, $40, he'll confirm location.
Two hours to play the blues! I'll present on soloing in the key of
D. That will be for open tuning and for standard tuning. Sliders
and pickers, we'll do some standards in the key of D.
As usual most of the session will be given to jamming on blues
songs with chord lyric sheets provided when possible. I encourage
you to bring a tune as well, some of our best tunes have come that
way. 10am to noon. $40. Usual location, contact me
for any details or questions.
As requested I will present on John Lee Hooker. We'll look at
"Boogie Chillen". This has classic J.L. Hooker riffs and the
back beat rhythm leads naturally to a look at "Shake Your Hips"
(Slim Harpo, Rolling Stones) and "La Grange" (ZZ top). It
will probably lead to other songs as well in true blues fashion.
As always we will play the songs we study and we'll play other
blues songs as well. "How Long Blues", "Stormy Monday',
our list of jammers is getting big and I'll bring lyric and chord
sheets for all.
For John Lee, well he is in open G tuning for "Boogie Chillen",
and that is very handy for the back beat groove. However if
you prefer to play in standard tuning just be ready to play in the
key of G.
Usual location, call Lonny for details and let him know you're
coming. 250 592-3501, $40.
A favourite workshop or mine because of the wealth of material. We'll
look at Dylan's early folk scene songs, ("Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is great).
We'll check out Dylan with altered tunings, ("Blood on the Tracks" album and
more). And we'll look at later Dylan acoustic, again... the selection is stellar.
It's a rewarding study for guitarists and songwriters alike. My goal is to be clear
about exactly what Dylan played, how the song could be adapted to your
style, and how to use the songs as a springboard for songwriting.
At South Island Studio. Contact Lonny to register:
250 592-3501 www.southislandstudio.com $115
Saturdays: Sept 30th, Oct. 28th and Nov. 25th.
Our beautiful studio space is available again and ready for some music.
My presentation will be in standard tuning. I'll present on handy tricks that
utilize the full fretboard for the keys of E, A, G, and D. This will include
anatomy of turnarounds in these common keys. But don't let me present too long!
We come to play. Bring acoustic or electric, bring the guitar you want to play on.
All levels of playing can find a part in our sessions. Contact: Lonny at South
Island Studio, 250 592-3501, to let him know you're coming. $40.
P.S. We'll do "One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer" as requested, and as
requested future sessions will be grooving with some open G.tuning. (Kokomo
Arnold, J.L. Hooker) Looking forward to it!
Songwriting Workshop: Sat. July 22nd, 10am to 4pm. $100. At South Island Studio. Lunch break at noon.
For: All songwriters or players interested in writing.
Presented by: Paul Mowbray.
Paul Mowbray has been performing, teaching music and presenting workshops in Victoria for ten years. He was co-leader of the Victoria Songwriter’s Association group for three years. Hear Paul’s music at:
Workshop Plan: We will do four songwriting exercises where we break from the group and work either alone or in collaboration with one or two others. Then we come back to the group and work with the results. The exercises will be on: hookline and lyric, melody,rhythm grooves, and chord progressions. Finally an opportunity will be provided to present an example of our own work for group feedback. As many as possible will be accommodatedin this part of the workshop.
To sign up: Contact Lonny at South Island Studio, 250 592-3501.
Soloing strategies: I’ll bring some soloing strategies derived
from some great blues solos. Let’s step out a bit and see what
we can do with different approaches.
Suggest your favourite solo! Lately I've been checking out
Those who like to comp along will have lots of songs to work
with and we’ll have a discussion of comping skills.
And there’s the usual repertoire, too large to list but: Stormy
Monday, How Long Blues, Love in Vain, Down in the Bottom,
Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse, and more.
There will be a focus on damping and percussive effects in
the blues. In particular I'll look at a couple of RL Burnside
tunes and John Hooker's "Boogie Children". For Burnside
check out youtube: https://youtu.be/BLF-f4kUtAw
We'll also do some Chuck Berry, born out of the blues.
Which guitar to bring? Well, either standard tuning or open
tuning. I mean, bring a board to tap your foot on and a
washboard too. It's all the blues!
Let Lonny know you're coming. We'll be at usual location and
if you don't know it Lonny does. 250 592-3501
We'll be jamming songs in the key of D. Presentation will be
a delta blues song in open D, a rockin' Elmore James song, and
chord voicing suggestions for comping in key of D (open tuning and
standard tuning). So bring your acoustic in open D, your
electric to try some Elmore style, or your standard tuned acoustic
or electric. It's all the blues. We can visit our past jamming
repertoire, ( in D); How Long Blues, Love in Vain, Killin' Floor
Blues, Stormy Monday, etc. As always, specific material is presented
and the floor is open to make music and try skills. See you there!
$40. Call Lonny 250 592-3501 if you're coming.
Three one and a half hour workshops spaced one
month apart from each other. $115.
This workshop will present an in depth look at how to
play the songs and an analysis of Neil Young’s songwriting.
I’ve done this workshop before and the originality of Neil’s
writing combined with the great guitar parts always
Whether you’re a curious acoustic player or a serious
songwriter there is great music here.
To register: Lonny at South Island Studio: 250 592-3501
Three 1 1/2 hour Saturday sessions (4:00 - 5:30), one
month apart. Feb. 25, April 1st, April 29th. $115.
Presented by Paul Mowbray and Lonny Koch.
Location: South Island Studio
Presentation will be a look at some country blues songs using
open G tuning; Son House, Charley Patton.
You can bring a slide and an acoustic to put in open G. Or
bring an acoustic or electric and be ready to learn and jam
some tunes in the key of G. As usual we'll dive into playing
a good variety of blues songs, new and from our ongoing
Register with Lonny: 250 592-3501 $40 Location TBA.
Blues Study Group rides again!
Let’s play some blues. We’ll start with a short presentation on some
of Hubert Sumlin’s guitar work. (backed Howling Wolf in height of
Chicago blues era). After the quick look we’ll jam these tunes and
many more blues standards.
Hope you can come out and play!
Sat. January 28th. 10am to noon. $40.
Contact Lonny, 250 592-3501 to confirm and we’ll
confirm location with you as well.
Paul and Lonny
Of course I'd heard Blue Suede Shoes but it was George
Harrison and the Beatles that introduced young old me
to how cool this music is. Britain bringing it back to North
America... and us eating it up. Honey Don't, Matchbox,
(and doesn't that go back to Blind Lemon Jefferson?) and
of course Blue Suede Shoes. If you don't have an electric
we'll lend you one at the session.
Book with Lonny: 250 592-3501, South Island Studios
$65. Two Saturdays, 4 - 5:30pm.
This has been a fun ongoing group and much music is being
made. Revisiting the growing song list each time: Stones in
My Passway, St. James Infirmary, Mystery Train, Hound Dog,
Key to the Highway, Crying Won't Help You, Mama Just Wants
To Barrelhouse, we are definitely covering the bases.
And our new study focus for November's session. Eric Clapton.
The guy has made so much music I had to somewhat arbitrarily
decide where to start. Listening to early Blues Breakers and
an updated intro to "Little Queen of Spades" where Eric says
he plays just a little bit outside of what he normally tries to
That's where we'll start! See you there. $40. Register with
Lonny at South Island Studios. 250 592-3501. Location TBA.
Great time last session. Worked on Stones in My Passway
(Robert Johnson) and Crying Won't Help You. (BB King)
We jammed on Crying, St. James Infirmary, From 4
Until Late, and Key to the Highway. Session two will
open with more of Stones and Crying, a chance to clarify
and touch up. Then we'll look at T Bone Walker's "T
Bone Shuffle". Then we'll jam. $40 10 am til noon.
Contact me or phone Lonny if you're coming. Lonny:
250 592-3501 We'll let you know the location!
Scotty Moore passed recently after a long life of music. Happy
to start our study of rockabilly guitar playing with the Sun
Studio guy who was there at the start with Elvis. Everyone
has heard Scotty Moore because of those big hits, let's
explore the how and the fun of what made this music so
great. Two Saturday sessions; 4 - 5:30pm. $65.00.
Book your spot: Lonny at South Island Studio:
Stones in My Passway by Robert Johnson, both a standard tuning and
an open A tuning way of playing the song will be presented. Take your pick.
(bring your pick too) Bring a slide for the open A version.
Crying Won't Help by BB King, 1956. It's in C, medium shuffle. We'll
listen and look at tabs and positions for the intro solo. Good chance to
I'll bring a few blues standards to jam to.
Cost: $40. Contact me or phone Lonny for info: 250 592-3501 Location TBA