Guitarist Steve Kaufman, the three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships, will offer a beginner/intermediate mandolin workshop on April 11, 2013 and an all-level flatpicking guitar workshop April 12-13, 2013 plus an intermediate/advanced flatpicking guitar workshop on April 14, 2013 in Reno, NV. The workshop is to be held at The Gray Home, 850 Atlas Ct., Reno, NV.
The concert on April 13, 2012 is to be held at Great Basin Brewing Company, 846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, NV. This year’s slots are going fast, so make your reservations now. Call Cindy at (775) 847-0254 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found soon at www.americanafest.org
The Thursday evening Mandolin workshop is scheduled for 7pm – 9:30pm. Steve will cover a broad range of topics from learning new songs, learning new chords and rhythms and how to bring your talents to the surface.
The two-day all-level flatpicking guitar workshop will be a two-hour session Friday evening
(7-9pm) and will cover core picking skills and techniques, repertoire and building blocks for growth. The workshop continues Saturday morning at 9:30am for 6 more hours. This is when Kaufman will cover right and left hand technique, drills and skills, and many other valuable aspects of flatpicking guitar. Small groups and some individual attention make this workshop valuable for flatpicking guitarists at all levels of experience. Bluegrass Unlimited has said, “As a professional guitar teacher, Kaufman has perfected his teaching skills as much as his picking technique.”
The fee for the Mandolin workshop is $50. The fee for the all-level flatpick guitar workshop is $90 per person. The fee for the Intermediate/Advance guitar workshop is $50 per person.
Pre-registration required. Seating is limited.
Steve Kaufman Bio-
Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957. His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around. At four Steve started plinking at the piano and did so for several years. He then moved on to the electric guitar at 10 for a few years and put it away. Next came the cello in 5th grade for a few years. After this Steve picked up the acoustic guitar again and blazed right through a “Folk Guitar” method book. When finished he thought if this is as hard as it gets it’s not for him. Then his younger brother, Will, started playing the banjo and his instructor told him he needed a rhythm guitar player to help with his timing. So Steve then picked up his guitar again and got into the bluegrass rhythm. One day Will brought home a Flatt and Scruggs LP, which featured Doc Watson on guitar, and Steve was hooked on flatpicking.
Page 2 of 2 - Steve practiced hard with his newfound love of music, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. At age 18 he entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, KS and made the top 10. The following year was a wash. In 1977, Steve took 2nd place to Mark O’Connor and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship. Then after being barred for 5 years he returned on the 6th year to win the 1984 championships again. Winfield bars the winner for 5 years and they can come back on the 6th year but in 1986 they decided to open up the contest to everyone and not bar the past years champs. Steve returned to win his goal. He became the winner and the first and, at this writing, the only Three Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. He is also noted to have 3 consecutive wins in the Nationals because he was barred all the years he did not enter.
Steve continues to work hard in the world of music. He began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. His catalog of instructional materials is close to 100 items. His listening CDs and Videos number over 19. Steve began touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts in 1990 and after 5 years he and his wife, Donna, began “Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp”. Every other year they have added more camps into their agenda and now under the title “Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps” they host a Fingerpicking Kamp, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo and Mandolin Kamp as well. They have grown into the largest Kamps of their kind in the world with students traveling from around the world to Maryville, Tennessee. Since 2002, Steve Kaufman received the Gold Award from a reader’s poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the “Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps”. Since 1990 Steve has developed the reputation of being the “World’s Guitar Instructor”.
Steve stays busy being a husband and father, running his Kamps, tour schedule, writing books and recording videos and CDs as well as owning and operating The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville see www.palacetheater.com. The area’s premier acoustic venue as well as an espresso bar.