BREAKING GOOD:

Extended techniques for guitar players and, well, anyone else.

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One-day workshop on July 24th: 2PM-4PM EST 

Watch a demonstration from Your Instructor, Janet Feder

This LIVE one-day workshop is designed for guitar players and songwriters who are looking for a bit more experimentation when it comes to an instrument that they already know well. Renowned composer and guitarist Janet Feder will demonstrate her original techniques, explain the history of extended techniques, and guide you towards finding your own experimental techniques for guitar. 

 About this workshop:

A long time ago, on something of a dare (which involved my desire to impress someone I admired!) I began exploring the sounds and textures created by applying objects not typically associated with the guitar to the strings of my instruments. The resultant timbres, vibrations, percussions, and pitch spectrums became an expanded palette of sounds which I’ve used ever since both compositionally and improvisationally. It’s a landscape that feels endless, no matter how far out I travel. I’m fascinated by the uncountable possibilities and always excited to discover more. I especially enjoy sharing these discoveries with other musicians, that they might make their unique discoveries by using mine differently or by becoming inspired to find their own. 

In the time we spend together we’ll explore something of the history of extended techniques, I’ll show you mine, and suggest directions in which you might explore to find your own. I’ll answer questions, and aim to leave you with new ideas of how you might include extended techniques to expand your musical directions.

Feel free to contact me in advance if you have questions! brainbox@janetfeder.com

Meet your instructor: 

Hi, I'm Janet Feder

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder (www.janetfeder.com) is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. Free from genre, her music both acknowledges and is simultaneously unmoored from the trappings of jazz, classical, avant-garde, folk or pop, creating a new musical lexicon and aesthetic ideal alike.   

She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores including the internationally acclaimed solo albums Songs With Words (2012), T H I S C L O S E (2015) and compilations Walk My Way (577 Records, 2021); The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge, 2013); I Never Meta Guitar (Clean Feed, 2010); and 156 Strings (Cuneiform, 2002).

Janet is a lecturer at the University of Colorado. Touring and teaching internationally, she has performed and collaborated with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians including Paolo Angeli, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Erik Deutsch, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Mark Harris, Erin McKeown, Ron Miles, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Rigler, Elliott Sharp, Matt Wilson among many others.

Janet collaboratively conceived of and co-curated the international new media festival MediaLive (2011-17), is currently an artistic associate of Square Product Theatre, and serves the boards of Creative Music Works and Supporters Of Children.

Janet Feder

Meet your instructor: 

Hi, I'm Janet Feder

Janet Feder

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder (www.janetfeder.com) is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. Free from genre, her music both acknowledges and is simultaneously unmoored from the trappings of jazz, classical, avant-garde, folk or pop, creating a new musical lexicon and aesthetic ideal alike.   

She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores including the internationally acclaimed solo albums Songs With Words (2012), T H I S C L O S E (2015) and compilations Walk My Way (577 Records, 2021); The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge, 2013); I Never Meta Guitar (Clean Feed, 2010); and 156 Strings (Cuneiform, 2002).

Janet is a lecturer at the University of Colorado. Touring and teaching internationally, she has performed and collaborated with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians including Paolo Angeli, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Erik Deutsch, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Mark Harris, Erin McKeown, Ron Miles, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Rigler, Elliott Sharp, Matt Wilson among many others.

Janet collaboratively conceived of and co-curated the international new media festival MediaLive (2011-17), is currently an artistic associate of Square Product Theatre, and serves the boards of Creative Music Works and Supporters Of Children.

Meet your instructor: 

Hi, I'm Janet Feder

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder (www.janetfeder.com) is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. Free from genre, her music both acknowledges and is simultaneously unmoored from the trappings of jazz, classical, avant-garde, folk or pop, creating a new musical lexicon and aesthetic ideal alike.   

She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores including the internationally acclaimed solo albums Songs With Words (2012), T H I S C L O S E (2015) and compilations Walk My Way (577 Records, 2021); The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge, 2013); I Never Meta Guitar (Clean Feed, 2010); and 156 Strings (Cuneiform, 2002).

Janet is a lecturer at the University of Colorado. Touring and teaching internationally, she has performed and collaborated with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians including Paolo Angeli, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Erik Deutsch, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Mark Harris, Erin McKeown, Ron Miles, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Rigler, Elliott Sharp, Matt Wilson among many others.

Janet collaboratively conceived of and co-curated the international new media festival MediaLive (2011-17), is currently an artistic associate of Square Product Theatre, and serves the boards of Creative Music Works and Supporters Of Children.

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Breaking Good

LIVE one-day workshop

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