SPBGMA BANJO WORKSHOP January 31st, 2014
Directed by Jack Hatfield

Sheraton Music City, Nashville, Tennessee
Featuring

RON BLOCK and NED LUBERECKI

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) event is a four-day indoor bluegrass festival/show/awards ceremony in Nashville. The SPBGMA show features round-the-clock jamming, top name performers, the highest-paying and most respected bluegrass band contest in the world, plus the SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards show on Sunday (the bluegrass equivalent of the CMA awards). SPBGMA draws the top amateur and semi-pro bands from all over the country, with non-stop jamming, various workshops and promoters' meetings, and vendors with everything a bluegrass fan could ever want. In MUSIC CITY yet! In addition to the workshop, the students and their families can attend the Grand Ole Opry, see the famous shops and clubs such as Ernest Tubb's Record Shop, Blue Bird Cafe and Linebaughs' on Broadway, and go to the world famous Station Inn to see top bluegrass artists perform.

The BNL/SPBGMA workshops have featured names such as Eddie Adcock, Tom Adams, Charlie Cushman, Bill Keith, Bela Fleck, J.D. Crowe, Terry Baucom, Sammy Shelor, Scott Vestal, Doug Dillard, Wayne Erbson, Ross Nickerson, Doug Dillard, Butch Robins, Bill Evans, Sonny Osborne, Scott Vestal, James McKinney, Alan Munde, Kristin Scott-Benson and Pete Wernick. Banjo builders/setup techs have included: Steve Huber, Mark Taylor, Frank Neat, Curtis McPeake, Geoff Stelling, Gary Price, Tony Wray, Bill Palmer, Snuffy Smith, Charlie Cushman, and Tom Nechville. Banjo Newslettter writers who have participated include: Janet Davis, Murphy Henry, Ross Nickerson, Pete Kelly, Tom Adams, Ian Perry, Ira Gitlin, Andy Cushing, and Eddie Collins.

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From 9:00 -10:30 AM. workshop director, BNL and Mel Bay author Jack Hatfield will address beginner level topics and demonstrate examples from his newest Mel Bay book "Best of Jack Hatfield" and his upcoming Mel Bay book "Exercises for Five String Banjo" to be released in the spring.

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. At 10:30 AM Ned Luberecki will discuss intermediate level topics such playing up the neck, backup and jamming, basic music theory. Ned plays banjo with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and tours as Nedski & Mojo with Stephen Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band.) Ned has toured and performed with: • Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Band • The Rarely Herd • Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time • The Jim Hurst Band • Radio Flyer • Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band

Ned is an on-air personality on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Channel 61 Bluegrass Junction. Ned’s show is on the air Saturdays from 6pm – Midnight (est) and Sundays from Noon – 6pmET. Tune in for Ned’s “Less Talk – More Banjo Sunday” featuring the “Sunday Banjo Lesson” every Sunday at 3pm ET.

Ned teaches private banjo lessons in Nashville and LIVE over the internet via web-cam! Ned is a popular banjo instructor at music camps across the country and around the world, having taught at: • Nashcamp • Munich Banjo Camp • Camp Bluegrass • B.C. Bluegrass Workshop • Midwest Banjo Camp • Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy  …and many more.

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At 12:00 there will a one hour break for lunch. Attendees can browse the vendor area or take in the stage show. Banjos can be left in the workshop room where they will be watched.

At 1:00 Jack Hatfield will discuss banjo setup and maintenence. He will explain basic setup techniques, do s full setup on a student's banjo and provide a checklist for students to take home, as well as sharing his insight on banjo tone.

. Ron Block is the featured artist for the 17th annual SPBGMA banjo workshop. Ron has been around Nashville scene for many years. Currently he is working with the Alison Krause band. Ron plays in an unmistakable clean, hard-driving but inventive style. Ron is a thinker...he has devoted many years to developing not just his personal approach to music, but also into the learning process. He will share many practice habits and techniques he uses to stay on top of his game. Ron was a huge hit at Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy and at the SPBGMA workshop in 2010. Ron will be teaching the advanced segment from 2:00-3:30 PM

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. Workshop admission allows access to all areas of the huge SPBGMA convention all day January 31st including the stage show and the "admission only" vendor area.

Suggested hotel if you are not staying at the Sheraton: Alesis Inn, a few blocks away. About 60 bucks per night with full breakfast bar included. 615-889-4466

to download a registration form which you can print, fill out and return by mail, click here:

SPBGMA 2014 Registration Form

Driving directions to workshop:

from I-40, just East of downtown Nashville, take Briley Parkway North (towards Opryland Hotel/Opry Mills).

Immediately take Elm Hill Pike exit, Merge right onto Elm Hill pike.

Go approximately two tenths of a mile, turn right on McGavok Pk.

Go approximately a quarter mile to Music City Sheraton on left.

Once inside, bear left through vendor area to the Two Rivers Room. There will be someone at the Hatfield Music booth in the McGavok vendor area on Thursday evening and Friday morning to assist and take walk-in registrations.

Questions? Send email to jack@hatfieldmusic.com or call: 865-426-8063

Call 865-428-8063 or email Jack Hatfield for more information.

Click to register now by credit card for workshop only, Jan 31st ($65.00): Click to register now by credit card for workshop and all other SPBGMA events Jan 31st ($80.00): Includes a $5.00 credit card processing fee. A questionnaire will be sent to you so we can gather info about your topic preferences, ability level, etc. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) email or call 660-665-7172