Vocal recording technique with Penny Nichols

Here’s the workshop you have been waiting for! A chance to work with one of the most experienced vocal recording artists around in a real studio environment on one of your own songs! Learn all about how to give your best performance on a recording, how to communicate with the engineer/producer, how to stay on pitch, how to keep breathing, how to deal with anxiety in the studio, how to evaluate your performance, how to choose the best performance and how the recording process works. Plus you will leave the workshop with one of the best performances on a CD that you have ever done!

Harmony – with Penny Nichols

Have you ever wanted to learn to sing in harmony better, how to do it and where it is appropriate in a song? You will have a chance to experience for yourself the fun and unique qualities of singing in harmony and how to begin to master the skills needed to sing in harmony well. You will learn listening techniques, how to recognize chord relationships and how harmony fits into a melodic landscape. Don’t miss the fun of singing in harmony with your pals at SummerSongs!

Swimming in the River of Your Song (creativity) – with Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright

This is our time to create songs from a place of freedom, flow, and fun. Each day we’ll show up and allow ourselves to dip into the waters of creativity — we will listen, we will write, we will mine ideas and marry together music and words. Using games and prompts — we will practice being in and writing in “non-edit” mode and see where each of us is led. Through examples and discussion, we’ll play with our ideas and open ourselves to inspiration. You’ll leave the class with a whole new outlook on your songwriting process, with new skills to help you grow as an artist, and a new song to sing. Jump on in…the water is fine!

Grain Of Salt (song feedback) – with David Roth

Stuck somewhere in the middle? Here’s an interactive and participatory workshop for any songs or parts thereof that you might wish to have some input on. We’ll hear these songs-in-progress and become a collective think-tank about what’s working so far and what might be improved upon. It’s also an opportunity to hone your listening and feedback-giving skills as we work with each participant, as well as a chance to ponder the many elements – lyric, melody, rhythm, chord progression, key, arrangement, etc. – that make a song click.