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January Guitar Workshops with Gina DeSimone
The Basics of Improvising, Parts I and II
January 13 (rescheduled from January 6)
from 10:00am - 11:00am and from 11:15am - 12:45pm
At the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
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Part I suggested donation is $15; Part II suggested donation is $20.

The Basics of Improvising Parts 1 and 2 (Getting Comfortable Doing a Solo at a Jam). Part 1 was covered in December; for people who were not able to make the December workshop, or for people who want to review, Part 1 will be repeated from 10:00am to 11:00am (with a suggested donation of $15). Part 2 will follow, from 11:15am to 12:45pm (with a suggested donation of $20).


This two-part workshop series will cover several ways to approach improvising. We will discuss a technique, then play slow jams to give everyone a chance to try it for themselves. It’s all hands-on. This will be a no-judgment, supportive atmosphere to get used to improvising with people who are in the same boat as you. My aim is to make you comfortable soloing at a jam. The only real way to learn it is to do it!

In part one we will begin by learning a minor pentatonic scale that is useful for improvising blues. We’ll learn the degrees in the scale that sound “bluesy”, how to transpose the scale to any key, how to find the root, 3rd, 5th etc., and how to make mistakes sound right.

Another approach we will discuss, (probably in part 2) is using chords and the notes in the chord to construct a solo. This approach builds on the moveable chord class. Those chords are great for getting rich, bluesy sounds and finding some of those “classic” blues sounds. We’ll also learn to add interest by using slides, pull-offs and hammer-ons.


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday, February 1, 2018

Jim Groves



The Archie Edwards Barbershop holds a monthly acoustic open mic night.
Jim Groves is your host on the first Thursday of each month, from 7:30pm to 10pm.
If you have a song or three to share with others, original or otherwise, stop in and show your stuff.



















Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop

Reasons for Coming to the Ukulele Jam at the Archie Edward Blues Barbershop:

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  • You have a ukulele but don’t know what to do with it

  • You want to play music that makes you smile

  • You need something to challenge your mind and keep it young

  • You like to have fun and play well with others

  • It’s just plain fun

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month playing music from many different genres

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737 Three blocks from the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 (Baltimore Ave).

Cost: Free (donations are accepted and encouraged)

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The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is keeping East coast acoustic folk blues alive.  Through weekly Saturday jams, performances, workshops, exhibits, and lectures, AEBHF carries on the educational tradition of celebrated Piedmont blues artist Archie Edwards. 


You can mail us donations or information to the following address:
The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 10124
Washington, D.C. 20018


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