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Workshop | Arranging: What's in Your Toolbox? | Presented by Swallow Hill Music
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
ARRANGING: What’s in Your Toolbox? So you found the chords to that great song you want to learn. Now what? Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane of Victor & Penny show you helpful, hands-on tips and techniques to take that song you love and make it your own. We’ll talk about what makes a great song great as we explore key elements of arranging such as intros and tags, interesting chord substitutions (including beefing up with jazz chords), strumming styles, finding the right key for you, dynamics and more. Show your style and mix it up with panache and confidence to sound your best and make a song your own. This is interactive, so bring your instrument and let's have some fun! There will be Q&A time at the end of the workshop. BONUS: We’ll be arranging a few tunes together in class as a group, so bring in a song you’re working on. We’ll work on as many tunes as time allows. | LEVEL: All are welcome; best suited for guitar and ukulele players intermediate and above. Basic knowledge and proficiency on your instrument preferred. INSTRUCTORS: Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane of Victor & Penny Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and Erin McGrane (George Clooney's, "Up in the Air" and cabaret troupe Alacartoona). Formally trained at Berklee School of Music (Boston) and the Conservatory of Music (Kansas City), Mr. Freling participated in the international program, The Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger, an outstanding instrumentalist. Ms. McGrane is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient as well as a fellow of the ArtistINC program for which she currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter. Victor & Penny are 3-time official showcase artists of the prestigious Folk Alliance International Conference. The duo was 2013 Escape-To-Create artists-in-residence in Seaside, FL. The group regularly tours the USA, having made 1,000 personal appearances and traveled 200,000 miles in the last five years. In 2016, the group released their original music album, 'Electricity,' which joyfully captures the energy, humor and soaring musical improvisation of their live show.