49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 15 - 19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

49th Walnut Valley Festival has been postponed to September 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

2021 Spring FLAT PICK GUITAR Workshops

Andy May- Guitar 101 for Adults (ages 14 +)

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 1pm to 2:45pm CDT

Grab your guitar out of the closet or from under the bed (where you hid it!) and Zoom into this fun online workshop. Andy will demystify flat-picking and finger-picking techniques to help you improve your playing and performance skills and increase your confidence. He will give you a foundation that will help you bypass roadblocks that many beginners encounter and enable you to build on what you’ve learned once the workshop is over. And, he will arm you with common-sense practice techniques to help you achieve your goals.

In this class, Andy will show you how to:

  1. Avoid common pitfalls and problems
  2. Improve your timing
  3. Accompany yourself
  4. Interact with others musically
  5. Play back-up and lead
  6. Read basic tablature
  7. Move forward and expand on the basics

Andy will provide and go over reference worksheets that he has created himself for his beginning students, including:

  1. Basic chord charts with useful positions
  2. Flat-picking techniques
  3. Finger-picking techniques
  4. Common-sense fingering exercises for both hands
  5. Several fun and accessible songs

To put all this in context, Andy will give an overview of a variety of popular and foundational styles, (including folk, bluegrass, blues, old-time, country, and rock-and-roll) so that you understand the technical, historical, and cultural aspects of these styles.

Bring your questions and a smile!

Maximum 25 Participants

About Andy:  http://andymay.com/wp-content/uploads/Andy-May-Educator-One-Sheet.pdf 

Andy May- Guitar 101 for Adults (ages 14 +)

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 1pm to 2:45pm CDT

Grab your guitar out of the closet or from under the bed (where you hid it!) and Zoom into this fun online workshop. Andy will demystify flat-picking and finger-picking techniques to help you improve your playing and performance skills and increase your confidence. He will give you a foundation that will help you bypass roadblocks that many beginners encounter and enable you to build on what you’ve learned once the workshop is over. And, he will arm you with common-sense practice techniques to help you achieve your goals.

In this class, Andy will show you how to:

  1. Avoid common pitfalls and problems
  2. Improve your timing
  3. Accompany yourself
  4. Interact with others musically
  5. Play back-up and lead
  6. Read basic tablature
  7. Move forward and expand on the basics

Andy will provide and go over reference worksheets that he has created himself for his beginning students, including:

  1. Basic chord charts with useful positions
  2. Flat-picking techniques
  3. Finger-picking techniques
  4. Common-sense fingering exercises for both hands
  5. Several fun and accessible songs

To put all this in context, Andy will give an overview of a variety of popular and foundational styles, (including folk, bluegrass, blues, old-time, country, and rock-and-roll) so that you understand the technical, historical, and cultural aspects of these styles.

Bring your questions and a smile!

Maximum 25 Participants

About Andy:  http://andymay.com/wp-content/uploads/Andy-May-Educator-One-Sheet.pdf  

Kenny Smith - How to Become a Solid Rhythm Guitar Player

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 3pm to 4:45pm CDT

Get a Grip! I will discuss the advantages of using a light grip for the best approach for rhythm. Basic strum and alternate strum patterns. G-runs. Detailed breakdown of a g-run that every bluegrass guitarist should know. Chord substitutions and other tips to make your rhythm stand out.

Kenny Smith - New Ideas and Techniques for Better Lead Guitar Playing

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 6pm to 7:45pm CDT

Using arpeggios in your improvisation, The importance of phrasing, and Contrast your ideas in a solo to make it more interesting.  Techniques to help you play cleaner.  Tips on playing faster tempos.

Jake Workman - Right Hand Technique

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Noon to 1:30pm CDT

A discussion about the motions and mechanics that allow for good tone, accuracy, timing, volume and speed in the right hand for both lead and rhythm.

Maximum of 30 Participants

Jake Workman - Mapping the Fretboard / Creative Soloing

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 2pm to 3:30pm CDT

A solid method for picturing the neck and getting around creatively.  Learn to play more musically and eliminate some of the guesswork often involved with improvising.  Skill Level: Intermediate


Maximum of 30 Participants
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August 3rd through September 7th

Monday-Friday
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Saturday
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