DSO High School Expanded Curriculum

The members of Dark Star Orchestra have expanded the curriculum for the first ever DSO High School Retreat! Check out some of the detailed classes and workshops being offered at this years DSO High School.

So come join Dark Star Orchestra in nature for four days and nights of live performances, imaginative band and crew workshops, master classes, presentations and interactive jams... and of course, an inside look into the Grateful Dead's brilliant approach to music.

The Guitar Style of Jerry Garcia
As Taught by Jeff Mattson

Dark Star Orchestra lead guitarist Jeff Mattson will be conducting workshops that will examine the intricacies of the guitar style of Jerry Garcia. He will cover topics including:

  • Use Of Modes
  • Playing Over Chord Changes
  • Chordal Soloing
  • Soloing With Harmonics
  • Hybrid Flatpicking/Fingerpicking
  • Atonal Playing (Taking It "Out")
  • Use Of Effect Pedals
  • Explanation Of The Onboard Effects Loop
  • General Equipment Discussion - Jerry's Gear Over The Years

Jeff will also offer a Jerry Garcia Master Class for more advanced students (although all will be invited). Jeff will have students play and he will critique their playing and offer suggestions.

Wonderful And Wacky World Of Weir
Brought To You By Rob Eaton

In this class Rob will display and explain his understanding of Bob's technique and all aspects of his sound and gear with a focus on chord voicing. Rob will also offer a few private lessons to those first to sign up.

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