About

Workshop fee: $325

Weekend Workshops are small group sessions (8-10 students) held at Underwood Recording Studios in Minneapolis, MN.

Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first serve basis.  Workshop spaces can only be held with a $50 depositRegistration Deadlines are typically one month prior to workshop.

For added convenience to out of town students, guitars from Tom Feldmann’s collection and Underwood Studios are available upon request.

Itinerary

2018: Saturday/Sunday

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-1:00p – Workshop
  • 1:00p-2:00p – Lunch
  • 2:00p-3:30p – Workshop
  • 4:00p – Departure

2019: Friday-Sunday

Friday

  • 5p – arrival
  • 5:30p-8:00p – Workshop (including Dinner)

Saturday

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-1:00p – Workshop
  • 1:00p-2:00p – Lunch
  • 2:00p-3:30p – Workshop
  • 4:00p – Departure

Saturday Night

  • 6p-8p – Jam Session or House Concert.  Details will be given depending on event.

Sunday

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-12:00p – Workshop

Explanation of Tuition/Fees

Tuition Covers

  • Workshops
  • Lunch, plus light refreshments (coffee, tea, water, snacks)
  • TAB Booklet
  • Video of each song covered: Videos are single camera shots showing left and right hands.  Songs are played slowly.
  • Audio: Original recordings of each song taught

Overnight accommodations are not included with tuition. 

Payment Options

Credit Card/Paypal: Paypal accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
(Creating a Paypal account is not required.)

Personal checks, cashier’s checks, and business checks are not accepted.

Hotels

Holiday Inn (Bloomington, MN)
– 15min from airport and 15min from studio.  Call to make reservation as their online prices are often more expensive than actual price.  Also be sure to ask about their shuttle service to and from airport as well as to and from studio.

Airbnb (Minneapolis)

FAQ

Please read the Information page for further information on itinerary, studio location, hotels, cancellations, etc.,.

Questions

If you have any questions, comments, or workshop topic suggestions, please contact me at tom@playcountryblues.com.

Testimonials

Read what previous attendees to the Weekend Workshops had to say.  Or leave a comment yourself!

Workshops

Texas Music Legends: “Singer/Songwriters to Blues Balladeers”

Underwood Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
September 8-9, 2018
All levels welcome

Songwriters to Blues Ballads with tunes by Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb.

The connecting line between Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt is their use of basic chord progressions and picking patterns to create some of the most incredible “story songs.”  Yes, we will be learning some of their classic tunes but more importantly you will walk away with the picking patterns and chord progressions to inspire your own creativiity.

Register Now – Only a few spots left!

The Blues of Robert Johnson

Underwood Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
December 8-9, 2018
All levels welcome

Work through every aspect of Robert Johnson’s playing from his standard tuning classics to his open tuning slide masterpieces.

Register Now – Registration Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

Where the Blues Began

Underwood Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
May 17-19, 2019
All levels welcome

In this weekend workshop we will work through the earliest blues forms from where it all began, Mississippi. In Standard tuning we will focus on the keys of E, A, D and then cover Drop D, Open G, Open D and Cross-note tuning. Starting from these “basic” forms we will then discuss how the chord shapes, licks, and progressions move up and down the neck. The skills mined from this weekend will take your playing, creativity, and understanding, to the next level.

Register Now – Registration Deadline: April 5, 2019

From Good to Great: Mastering Slide Guitar

Underwood Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
October 11-13, 2019
Level 2/3/4

There is nothing like the feel of a bottleneck sliding across your strings nor the sound that comes forth as it screams, growls and moans. But to move from good to great, control is key. Slashing up and down the neck does have it’s place, but if you want to walk with the likes of Ry Cooder, Duane Allman, Robert Johnson, Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters, etc., etc., then you will need to learn how to execute control. In this weekend workshop we will work through a handful of songs that will gain you the skill of control, resulting in better tone, execution, and dynamics. Get ready, this is key that will open up your slide playing to a whole new level.

Register Now – Registration Deadline: September 1, 2019

Shrinking the Fretboard with Country Blues

Underwood Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
December 6-8, 2019
Level 2/3/4

The dream for so many is the be able to walk into any situation and play along. How does this “fretboard freedom” happen? This is how it happens…by shrinking the fretboard. This basically means taking what your playing and making it work in any key by simply moving up or down the neck. This sort of transposing is usually taught as the CAGED system and is typically over explained, but it is used religiously throughout Country Blues. Robert Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis, Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, indeed all the greats made use of this idea. In this weekend workshop we will take a handful of songs and learn how to play them in different keys by moving the chord shapes up and down the neck. Oh, and don’t forget the licks!…yes all your killer licks work up and down the neck also, that means you can solo in any key.

Register Now – Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019