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      October 6, 2019

      Sunday   2:00 PM

      309 Bishop Hill Street
      Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419

      Sarah McQuaid - Guitar Workshop (Bishop Hill, IL)

      Bishop Hill Creative Commons -- 309 N. Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, IL 61419, United StatesWorkshop fee $35 -- 2pmIf there is sufficient demand, in addition to her evening concert at Bishop Hill on the same day, Sarah will also be giving a 90-minute "Introduction to DADGAD" guitar workshop (see for details) at 2pm. Advance booking essential as the workshop will not take place unless a minimum of 5 people sign up for it in advance. Workshop fee $35. Visit to buy tickets for both workshop and concert. For more info, visit or ring +1 (309) 299-4999. Visit for other tour dates and more information about Sarah.Described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” Sarah McQuaid’s “The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book” has become the standard reference on the subject. Topics covered in the workshop include basic chord shapes in DADGAD, the capo and its uses, backing guitar styles, chord patterns, ornamentation and an overview of the modes (Mixolydian, Dorian, etc.) that are typical of traditional tunes and songs. By way of illustration, Sarah will teach participants to accompany a song in DADGAD, including a simple instrumental break, and will then “take apart” another song, demonstrating how different patterns and variations can be introduced to make the accompaniment more interesting for the listener. Handouts with lyrics, tablature and chord diagrams are included in the workshop fee.“Probably the best workshop I’ve been to – well structured, lots of info plus handouts.”—Mike Stanton (Warwickshire, UK)“The informal approach made me feel relaxed and I learnt quite a lot in a very short space of time.”—Steve Ford (Coventry, UK)“Really enjoyed workshop. Would suit all levels and Sarah has a great teaching style.”—Pete Redrup (Southdowns, UK)“I attended Sarah McQuaid’s DADGAD workshop at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2007. Clear, comprehensible, useful and very pleasantly and ably presented. Lovely speaking voice and personality apart from anything else. DADGAD is something I try once in a while, and it is nice to have much more clue about it than I should otherwise. Also, it was just a nice workshop.”—Peter Thomas (Surrey, UK)“I really enjoyed your workshop and I liked the way you made sure there was something for everyone. Each one of us had come along with widely different expectations and experience but you overcame this by adapting to the way the flow was going. As someone who has dabbled in open tunings, including DADGAD, for 35 years without really knowing what I was doing I certainly got a lot out of the session, which was also my first ‘guitar lesson’! For me it was useful to have read your Irish DADGAD Guitar Book beforehand but this was by no means a necessary requirement for a participant to benefit from the workshop. I liked too the impromptu illustrations using guitar parts taken from songs and instrumentals on your CDs. Your insight into chord structures and scales cast a new light on the reason why an open tuning like DADGAD works, in contrast to my previous hit-and-miss, limited attempts at picking out chords that sound nice. I’m sure I speak for other participants when I give a big thank you for an excellent workshop, which I would recommend to any guitarist.”—Adrian Vranch (Devon, UK)

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