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bardic teaching video

Recording from “New Bard’s Road Map” is up

Hi friends!

Thanks to everyone who came to yesterday’s online class, “The New Bard’s Road Map”. The recording is now up on YouTube.

Cheers, Drake

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bardic teaching

Online class: New Bard’s Road Map

Greetings all,

I’ll be teaching “The New Bard’s Road Map” online this coming Sunday afternoon (3-4:30 pm Eastern). Please check it out, and let me know if you’re thinking of attending (via the Facebook event page).

Cheers, Drake

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songwriting teaching video

Recording: Songwriting to Tell a Story

I had a great time teaching “Songwriting to Tell a Story” on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out for it. For those of you who missed it, the recording is up on my YouTube channel:

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SCAatHome songwriting teaching

I’m teaching songwriting this Sunday (#SCAatHome)

Friends,

I’ll be teaching my “Songwriting to Tell a Story” class this coming Sunday from 4-5:30 pm EDT.

Class description: Principles and guidelines for constructing tight, compelling, original songs that capture (and hold) an audience. The focus is on lyrics, song and story structure. How is writing a good lyric different from writing a good poem? Create a singable story that is entertaining, engaging, and will hold the attention of a SCAdian audience, who enjoy period material, but still prefer a song that runs 5 minutes or under.

While the class is focused on creating folk music in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), the principles are universal. Open to all.

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/pyb-jvpi-yqr
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 806-410-3532 and enter this PIN: 656 359 101#
To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/pyb-jvpi-yqr?hs=5

(Feel free to check-in on the Facebook event page to let me know if you’re interested.)

Cheers, Drake

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A&S Journey lute teaching

Online class tomorrow: My Guitar’s Persona Is a Lute

(Here’s a plug for an online class I’m teaching tomorrow. You can check in on the Facebook event if you like, or just show up.)

Join Drake Oranwood, Queen’s Bard of the East Kingdom, for this online class.

How do you play authentic Elizabethan lute music if your instrument is a modern guitar? The good news is the instruments are very closely related. Learn about the history and evolution of the lute, how to tune and play your guitar as if it were a lute, how to interpret lute tablature, how to find authentic period composers, songs, and arrangements. The skills are highly transferable, and while lute music has a different feel and sound, the rewards for your investment of time and effort are great. Suitable for all experience levels.

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/jqn-qaey-zem
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 904-406-7294 and enter this PIN: 606 553 732#
To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/jqn-qaey-zem?hs=5

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teaching

Class Notes: My Guitar’s Persona Is a Lute

As I continue to ease back into post-Pennsic life, I will begin adding content that was introduced this past war. First up are the class notes to my new class, My Guitar’s Persona Is a Lute. This was a wonderfully fun class to teach (I believe I had upwards of 30 students between the two sessions), and I was really grateful for the enthusiastic feedback I received throughout the war, most of it second-hand through friends of the students who had attended (which has never happened to me before, was incredibly gratifying).

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Pennsic teaching

New Pennsic Class: My Guitar’s Persona Is a Lute

So I’m introducing a new class at Pennsic this year, and I’ve just submitted it. My intention is to teach it twice, during Peace Week and War Week (or possibly Middle Weekend, which in my experience can produce some great turnout). Here’s my writeup:

How do you play authentic lute music if your instrument is a modern guitar? The good news is, the instruments are very closely related. Learn how to tune and play your guitar as if it were a lute, how to interpret lute tablature, how to find authentic period composers, songs, and arrangements. The skills are highly transferrable, and while lute music has a different feel and sound, the rewards for your investment of time and effort are great. This is a one-hour lecture class, so you are welcome to bring your guitar to experiment on, but this is not a music lesson so it is not required.

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Pennsic teaching

My Pennsic classes

My Pennsic classes are scheduled.

The New Bard’s Road Map

A how-to primer for new or aspiring bards. Developing a repertoire, finding performance opportunities, seeking mentors and patrons, gaining visibility, becoming part of the bardic community.

  1. A&S 9 on Wed 08-02 12:00 PM
  2. A&S 9 on Mon 08-07 12:00 PM

Thy Name Is Woman: Elizabethan Men on Women

An exploration, through songs and plays of the period, of the complex and conflicted attitudes English culture held around women and their role during the Elizabethan period.

  1. A&S 5 on Thu 08-03 2:00 PM
  2. A&S 5 on Wed 08-09 9:00 AM
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Pennsic teaching

Teaching at Pennsic

With two weeks to go until Pennsic, I wanted to share that I will be teaching two brand-new University classes at War this year. One is more History than it is bardic, though it focuses on performance pieces. The classes are:

Thy Name Is Woman: Men on Women in Elizabethan England
(Sunday, August 7, 11am – 12 pm, in A&S tent #1)
An exploration, through songs and poetry of the period, of the complex and conflicted attitudes English culture held around women and their role during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. (Yes, this is the class that grew out of last spring’s reflections on women and power.)

The New Bard’s Road Map
(Wednesday, August 10, 1 – 2 pm, in A&S tent #9)
A how-to primer for new or aspiring bards. Developing a repertoire, finding performance opportunities, seeking mentors and patrons, gaining visibility, becoming part of the bardic community.

If you have interest in either of these topics, I look forward to seeing you there.

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bardic concert Pennsic period studies teaching

Updates for April

Last month was a whirl of activity (and posts), so I thought I’d quiet things down for a while. There are some things worth updating you about:

  • I am developing a couple of new classes to teach this summer. The first one is based on my research into the way men wrote about women in the Elizabethan period. I will be teaching it at the Wars of the Roses and Pennsic.
  • The second is called “The New Bard’s Road Map”, and I’ll be teaching it at Pennsic.
  • I am learning four new Elizabethan lute pieces, and hope to have one of them ready by Roses, and most of the others by Pennsic.
  • I have signed up for an hour-long concert at Pennsic, which will hopefully be at a new night and time. I am in touch with a few cool friends I hope to have performing with me, because it’s so much more fun that way. More details as we get closer.
  • Master Arden was kind enough to provide me with pretty much all the sheet music he wrote for Hidden Gold in its recorded and live-performed incarnations, and I have added these instrumental arrangements to my bardic work page as well as the individual song pages. (Note that, even if his arrangements don’t have it noted, I do have copyrights registered for all the songs.)

There are other developments, but it’s too soon to share them just yet. Stay tuned.