Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers to teach Grateful Dead guitar in Rutland

Sunday, May 21—Rutland—On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers will teach the techniques of the famous rock-jam band, The Grateful Dead. He will show the techniques The Dead used with chords and arrangements and also how to add cool embellishments and leads. The workshop is based on the best-selling Homespun video series on classic Dead songs for acoustic guitar. Rodgers teaches how to create the powerful grooves on songs like “Friend of the Devil,” “New Speedway Boogie,” “Althea,” and “Casey Jones,” and he will also show how to add cool embellishments and lead breaks inspired by the Dead’s live and studio performances.

Rodgers interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir in depth about their guitar and songwriting styles and draws on insights from those conversations to capture the soul of their timeless songs. The workshop is designed for intermediate players but is also accessible for beginners with knowledge of basic chords.

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