This year we are adding some ONLINE songwriting Masterclasses into the mix!

Seth Glier – February 6th, 6:30-8pm

An acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Seth Glier is the winner of five Independent Music Awards and a Grammy nominee. He has shared stages with a diverse list of artists including Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, Lisa Marie Presley, Martin Sexton, Ronnie Spector, Marc Cohn and more, and recorded a duet with American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox. A tireless activist, Seth has worked with The Parkland Project, ChildFund International, Rock The Vote, and has also been a TEDx Speaker.

Melody Making 

How to write more dynamic melodies and add tension to your songs

Showing Not Telling

Practices on how to improve your lyrical prowess.

2nd Verse Curse

The second verse is where a lot of us get stuck. we’ll explore some ways of keeping the creative momentum going.

What’s That chord?

How to develop chord vocabulary and finding freshness in your own music

Building A Well & Finding Inspiration

How to cultivate new ideas & avoid writers block.

Celia Woodsmith – March 16th, 6:30-8pm

Have you ever listened to John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits or Gillian Welch and thought “I wanna write like THAT!”

Perhaps you have several unfinished songs scribbled in journals or languishing in your recording app but you don’t know where to go from there? Well, everyone has to start somewhere.

If you are at all curious about what it takes to write and finish good songs, this is the class for you.

*Students do not need to have experience with songwriting, but it is advised that the student is proficient with an instrument.

Among other things we will go over these songwriting basics:

Starting a song

You don’t need to write every day, but you do need to be paying attention.

Learning how to listen | Songwriting exercises that work | Co-writing.

Getting into the flow

Metaphors and cliches, rhyme schemes and meter. Getting the wheels turning.

How to write about an experience you haven’t lived. Focusing and simplifying. Deadlines.

Writers Block

Self consciousness. Going with your gut. What to do if you’re stuck. My song sounds familiar.

Editing and finishing

Resist the urge to overwork a song. Be true to yourself. How to let it go.

Proceeds from all Masterclasses will benefit Vinegrass.

The Vinegrass Organization is a not-for-profit music production company, that produces concerts, camps, workshops, and The Vinegrass Music Festival, in order to raise money for their charitable mission. The mission is to provide scholarships to students studying music at an accredited 4 year university, with preference given to study within the American Roots genre. In addition to the scholarships, they subsidize camps and workshops, as well as provide instruments to younger students in need.