Workshops, Lessons, and Classes

Franke Center Education offers classes, workshops, and lessons. Our teachers are dedicated professionals who excel in their field and make learning fun!

Fingerpicking Blues Guitar Workshop

6-week workshop with Kjell Croce

January 4, 11, 18, and 25, and February 1 and 8, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Cost: $100

This six week workshop will focus on fingerpicking blues guitar techniques. Students will learn to play Delta Blues, Texas Blues and slide guitar, learning the music of the great bluesman Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Mance Lipscomb and Fred McDowell. This workshop will be geared towards the intermediate player looking to expand their playing skills and learn new techniques. Basic chord knowledge and familiarity with the guitar will be necessary but if you haven’t tried fingerpicking before this will be a great introduction. Even if you are already fingerpicking this workshop will help add to your repertoire. The workshop will cover equipment and technique along with learning songs in several keys and styles, such as standard tuning, Open G and Open D tunings. The workshops will run 1 to 1 ½ hours each. For more info or questions contact Kjell at [email protected]

The workshop will take place on Tuesdays: January 4, 11, 18, and 25, and February 1 and 8, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The first five workshops will take place in the Franke Center’s Green Room (enter through the door nearest the parking garage) and the last class (2/8) will take place in The Franke’s Downstage Club. The cost is $100, and guitarists ages 16 and up are welcome to participate.

Guitarist Kjell Croce is a musician who wears many musical hats. Now based in Marshall, Michigan he has traveled and lived in various parts of the United States, and has been fascinated by the abundance of musical styles throughout the country. From blues to bluegrass, folk to jazz with a big helping of rock and roll, he has absorbed these styles and made them into his own. He has shared stages with bluesmen Lonnie Brooks and Jimmy Johnson, singer/songwriters Ellis Paul, Kate Cambell, and Dave Ramont, and performed at the Michigan Talent Showcase, the Ann Arbor Dancing Lights Folk Festival, and Harmonyfest in Three Rivers. In addition, his last CD “Lightnin’ Rod” received airplay in the US and Europe with Ray Pieters-Dreesens of Radio Milo commenting, “Very expressive voice, strong lyrics, great rootsy and diverse sound.” In addition to his solo work, he can be seen performing with the group’s COW and 3LB CUT.

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The workshop will take place in person at the Franke Center’s Green Room and Downstage Club, and COVID-19 safety restrictions will be in place. Participants will need to sign in, sanitize their hands, wear masks, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.