Ivan Rosenberg

Workshop at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago. Sept. 22 7pm

Hi all -if you're within reach of Chicago on Monday, Sept. 22, I'm giving an hour-and-a-half workshop on Dobro minor chords, double-stops, and arpeggios--and generally how to navigate minor chords when they appear in a song. In all my years of teaching Dobro, I've found that most students are less adept at playing melodies over minor chords than they are at major chords. There's no good reason for this, especially given that Dobro sounds so good and expressive over minor chords. Most players - from beginning to advanced - will come away with some good concepts that can be used right away to play better music. After the workshop, I think the plan is for Chris and me to play a few songs together, too.

We're in the Chicago area the 2 days prior as well: Saturday in Lockport for "A Slice of Bluegrass" concert and Sunday at Uncommon Ground on Clark. Hope to see some of you there!


New CD and Kickstarter by Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg (clawhammer banjo and Dobro)

Hi all -

Just a quick note to tell you about the new CD from Chris Coole and me called "Return to Trion." We should get them from the manufacturer in a couple of weeks. The CD will be partially funded via Kickstarter. We met our funding goal a while ago, but it's not too late to pre-order a CD or download, or try another of our rewards, which include music + Dobro tab or Skype lessons.The Kickstarter ends Sept. 5th.

I loaded up 4 songs to our website (scroll down to the bottom of our homepage for the audio player): http://www.DobroAndClaw.com

And if you'd like to check out our Kickstarter video, here it is:




Thanks for listening!


Dobro workshop at Dallas, TX-area Acoustic Music Camp, August 7-9 2014

Hi all -

I just got confirmation that I'll be teaching Dobro classes at the Acoustic Music Camp in Arlington, TX this August 7-9. There's a stellar lineup of instructors on all the bluegrass instruments, plus fingerstyle guitar and vocal classes. I was happy to see that David Hamburger, a very talented and inventive non-bluegrass Dobro player, will be there (he's teaching guitar but will hopefully have a Dobro with him!).

For more information, check out: http://acousticmusiccamp.com/



Dobro classes at Midwest Banjo Camp in Olivet, Michigan - June 5-8, 2014

Hi there - just wanted to mention that if you're in or near Michigan and looking for a Dobro workshop, this June the Midwest Banjo Camp is adding a Dobro component, which I'll be teaching. They also offer fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and bass in addition to their vast array of old time and bluegrass banjo instruction. The classes are all "one-off" self-contained sessions on a particular topic, and students can attend any class on any instrument for a given time slot. I've heard this is a world-class camp and big fun for students. More info at: http://www.midwestbanjocamp.com




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