Illinois Blues Festival 2015 Workshops

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
B.B. King

Want to learn how to play the Blues? Bring your brain and prepare your fingers. Peoria shares the honor of serving as a major stop along the famed 'Blues Trail' as artists traveled between Chicago and St. Louis. The 2015 Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival proudly presents three workshops designed to help you play those blues as you please.

Larry Heyl, host of the Delta Boogie radio program based in Jonesboro, Arkansas, will conduct a Keyboard Workshop at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 5. He will help you understand the basics of how to approach playing the blues on piano and organ. He will cover chords and scales. You will also learn how to use rhythm to generate the 'Blue' feel. Handouts will be available.

Peoria Guitarist Ron "RT" Roling will present "The Guitar Player's Guide to Blues Patterns & Rhythms" at 4:00 pm. Along with longtime collaborator Chris Stevens, the two will demonstrate hands-on techniques for how to use chords, scales and harmony to generate true blues guitar. Handouts will be available.

Larry, RT & Chris will then team up with drummer Bob Roling and bass player Tom "Tee" Beck to present a "Putting It All Together" Workshop at 5:00 pm. This session will build upon how to mix and mingle each instrument into a blues band.

Attendance at any of the Workshops will enhance your ability as a Blues player, or widen your horizon as a listener.

The three workshops will also include a short bit of history as they explore the various advancements which pushed artists such as McKinley "Muddy Waters" Morganfield and Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett to prominence in the Chicago music scene.

Piano Blues Workshop with Larry Heyl

Location: Blues Performance Tent
Time: 2pm

Guitar Workshop with Ron Roling featuring Chris Stevens

Location: Blues Performance Tent
Time: 4pm

Putting it all together with Larry Heyl, Ron Roling, & Chris Stevens

Location: Blues Performance Tent
Time: 5pm

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