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New Blues Series: SRV “Pride & Joy” (Intro) added to Tablature page

It’s been awhile since I’ve focused on blues, so I will spotlight great riffs or tunes over the next few months.  The first is SRV’s “Pride & Joy,” the quintessential


NOT TOO LATE! Rock/Blues mandolin camp 7/29 to 8/1 Bloomington Indiana

Due to a last minute cancellation, there is still room in this year’s (and likely final) Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington IN 7/29 through 8/1.


NOT TOO LATE: 2015 RICHTER ROCK & BLUES MANDOLIN CAMP FOR THE REST OF US

Due to a last minute cancellation, there is still room in this year’s (and likely final) Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington IN 7/29 through 8/1.


Still opportunity to be a part of the Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us featuring Will Patton

There is still opportunity for a couple of people to join us for this year’s Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us w/ special guest Will Patton.  Please contact Jim


Hootenanny! now available as YouTube movie rental

Hootenanny!, the 2004 concert video of myself and Gordon Bonham at the Crazy Horse Pub in Bloomington, Indiana, has now been released as a video rental on YouTube (for the


New Blues Series: SRV “Pride & Joy” (Intro) added to Tablature page

It’s been awhile since I’ve focused on blues, so I will spotlight great riffs or tunes over the next few months.  The first is SRV’s “Pride & Joy,” the quintessential Austin Tejas big balls roadhouse blues tune.  This is the introduction to the first verse.  YouTube video to follow shortly.

It is available on my Tablature page.  This month celebrates the one year anniversary of my subscription tablature page (the low low price of $5 for 12 months access).  To find out more information as to how to get the Pride & Joy tab, as well as existing and upcoming tabs, you can check out more here.

Coming in the next few months:

Freddie King “Hideaway” & “Heads Up”

John Lee Hooker “Dimples” riff

Magic Sam “I Just Need A Little Bit”

Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin'” & “Killing Floor”

Memphis Slim/Eric Clapton (Bluesbreaker vintage) “Steppin Out” (main riff)

Also coming:  triumvirate of seventies class rock shuffle anthems

Steve Miller “Rock N Me”

Bachman Turner Overdrive “Takin’ Care of Business”

Free “All Right Now”


NOT TOO LATE! Rock/Blues mandolin camp 7/29 to 8/1 Bloomington Indiana

Due to a last minute cancellation, there is still room in this year’s (and likely final) Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington IN 7/29 through 8/1.

Jim Richter, the Grant Street Inn, and Kimble Mandolins announce the 5th Annual Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us” w/ special guest Will Patton

The 2015 5th annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”–with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Wednesday July 29th through Saturday August 1st at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.

New to 2015 is special guest instructor Will Patton.

more info:

http://www.jimrichter.com/?page_id=850


NOT TOO LATE: 2015 RICHTER ROCK & BLUES MANDOLIN CAMP FOR THE REST OF US

Due to a last minute cancellation, there is still room in this year’s (and likely final) Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington IN 7/29 through 8/1.

Jim Richter, the Grant Street Inn, and Kimble Mandolins announce the 5th Annual Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us” w/ special guest Will Patton

The 2015 5th annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”–with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Wednesday July 29th through Saturday August 1st at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.

New to 2015 is special guest instructor Will Patton.  Will is definitely in my top 5 to 10 favorite mandolinists and am very excited to have him join us this year.  Will’s knowledge and skill in jazz, gypsy jazz, choro, folk, etc. is incomparable.  His technique and tone are full, rich, and vibrant, allowing each note from his Gibson A to fully sing. Much like the great Don Julin before him, Will understands and endorses the motivational and musical designs of this camp, facilitating the aim of a weekend musical encounter.

Besides rock and blues mandolin styles, this camp focuses on deconstructing the barriers that keep each of us from being the most creative and productive on our mandolins. I do not subscribe to “beginner-intermediate-expert” labeling—especially self-labeling, as I often think it undervalues or devalues the mandolinist. Creativity and ability are both spectrum-based, free of artificial levels and competition.

The curriculum, which is in final development, will cover:

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Choro
  • Arrangement
  • Basic music theory
  • Technique
  • Practice routines
  • e-Mando
  • Jamming

However, like last year, the attendees will also help refine the curriculum by completing the questionnaire that is a part of the registration form. Let us know what you’d like to learn and we’ll do our best to work it into the schedule.

Returning this year will be concurrently held “special topic” classes. For example, while Will is teaching basic music theory, Jim will accept a handful of students for blues arrangement. Or conversely, while Jim is teaching a general class on practice routines, Will will hold a small group on choro.

Also, 20 minutes of individual instruction is now a standard part of the camp. Given that we’ve opened this camp to around 20 attendees, we have to limit private instruction to 15 minutes. Individual instruction will be held the mornings of 7/30 through 8/1 between 9AM and 11:30AM.

Breakdown of the Camp:

Wednesday 7/29: Meet and Greet/Jam. Not obligatory to attend but a good icebreaker and beginning to the camp.

Thursday 7/30: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Jamming in the evening.

Friday 7/31: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Jamming in the evening.

Saturday 8/1: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Faculty concert in the evening.

Cost: Tuition for the workshop is $320 ($330 if paying via Paypal). This covers camp instruction, printed materials, individual instruction, and the faculty concert. It does not include dining or lodging.

Housing: For out of town folks, I encourage you to use the Grant Street Inn as it is the center of activities and is offering a great discount for our group. Just tell them that you are booking for the Richter Mandolin Camp to ensure the $119 plus tax rate per night.
http://www.grantstreetinn.com 812-334-2353. Reduced rates are available from Tuesday 7/28 through Saturday 8/1.

Lesson Plan/Special Topic signups: Once I receive a sufficient number of registration forms back, we will finalize our curriculum. At that time I will send each of you a schedule of classes where you can list your class preferences. After sending this back to me, I will finalize our class rosters.

Registration: You can email me (jim@jimrichter.com) for questions or to put a hold on a spot for you.  You can register through my online registration form.  All registrations will be done online.  However, payment can be done either via check or PayPal.  If you choose to pay by check, please let me know.   Thanks!

About Jim Richter
Over the last 10 years I’ve built a reputation as a solid blues mandolinist who draws heavily from classic electric blues guitarists, such as Freddie King and Hollywood Fats. Due to my extensive background as a blues-oriented rock guitarist, I’ve garnered respect and notoriety for my mandolin renditions of tunes by Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. This respect also extends to mandolin instruction, as I’ve become one of the more visible blues mandolin instructors. 2012 saw the release of my iPad interactive mandolin instructional book Richter Mandolin. In terms of recent discography, 2013 saw the release of the dual release In-Tuition: Blues & Mandopoly, containing mostly original tunes and special guests from artist such as the great Mike Compton.  Will Kimble and I were recently on The Road Home/Butch Baldassari Tribute CD and Gordon Bonham and I were on The Tribute to Yank Rachel CD.

About Will Patton
Will PattonWill Patton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Will has been playing all kinds of music for over 30 years now, including celtic, jazz, rock and roll, bluegrass and Brazilian choro.  He is in demand as a jazz bass player and session mandolinist in his home state of Vermont and has performed and taught from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Fla., Pacific Palisades to Paris.

During the last 15 years he has been leading his own quintet comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group has been focusing on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop and perform many original compositions in their repertoire.

This December, 2014 the WPE’s 6th CD, Time’s Arrow,  was released showcasing the continuing evolution of their musical explorations, with French musette, hard driving bebop, a Brasilian waltz from Pixinguinha and an exquisit rendering of Steven Foster’s Hard Times featuring pianist Michael Arnowitt. !

For an interview with Will at Mandolincafe.com visit mandolincafe.com


Still opportunity to be a part of the Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us featuring Will Patton

There is still opportunity for a couple of people to join us for this year’s Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us w/ special guest Will Patton.  Please contact Jim at jim@jimrichter.com if you are interested.  This years camp has reached capacity but can open up a couple of spots for interested parties!

Jim Richter, the Grant Street Inn, and Kimble Mandolins announce the 5th Annual Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us” w/ special guest Will Patton

The 2015 5th annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”–with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Wednesday July 29th through Saturday August 1st at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.

New to 2015 is special guest instructor Will Patton.  Will is definitely in my top 5 to 10 favorite mandolinists and am very excited to have him join us this year.  Will’s knowledge and skill in jazz, gypsy jazz, choro, folk, etc. is incomparable.  His technique and tone are full, rich, and vibrant, allowing each note from his Gibson A to fully sing. Much like the great Don Julin before him, Will understands and endorses the motivational and musical designs of this camp, facilitating the aim of a weekend musical encounter.

Besides rock and blues mandolin styles, this camp focuses on deconstructing the barriers that keep each of us from being the most creative and productive on our mandolins. I do not subscribe to “beginner-intermediate-expert” labeling—especially self-labeling, as I often think it undervalues or devalues the mandolinist. Creativity and ability are both spectrum-based, free of artificial levels and competition.

The curriculum, which is in final development, will cover:

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Choro
  • Arrangement
  • Basic music theory
  • Technique
  • Practice routines
  • e-Mando
  • Jamming

However, like last year, the attendees will also help refine the curriculum by completing the questionnaire that is a part of the registration form. Let us know what you’d like to learn and we’ll do our best to work it into the schedule.

Returning this year will be concurrently held “special topic” classes. For example, while Will is teaching basic music theory, Jim will accept a handful of students for blues arrangement. Or conversely, while Jim is teaching a general class on practice routines, Will will hold a small group on choro.

Also, 20 minutes of individual instruction is now a standard part of the camp. Given that we’ve opened this camp to around 20 attendees, we have to limit private instruction to 15 minutes. Individual instruction will be held the mornings of 7/30 through 8/1 between 9AM and 11:30AM.

Breakdown of the Camp:

Wednesday 7/29: Meet and Greet/Jam. Not obligatory to attend but a good icebreaker and beginning to the camp.

Thursday 7/30: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Jamming in the evening.

Friday 7/31: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Jamming in the evening.

Saturday 8/1: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Faculty concert in the evening.

Cost: Tuition for the workshop is $320 ($330 if paying via Paypal). This covers camp instruction, printed materials, individual instruction, and the faculty concert. It does not include dining or lodging.

Housing: For out of town folks, I encourage you to use the Grant Street Inn as it is the center of activities and is offering a great discount for our group. Just tell them that you are booking for the Richter Mandolin Camp to ensure the $119 plus tax rate per night.
http://www.grantstreetinn.com 812-334-2353. Reduced rates are available from Tuesday 7/28 through Saturday 8/1.

Lesson Plan/Special Topic signups: Once I receive a sufficient number of registration forms back, we will finalize our curriculum. At that time I will send each of you a schedule of classes where you can list your class preferences. After sending this back to me, I will finalize our class rosters.

Registration: You can email me (jim@jimrichter.com) for questions or to put a hold on a spot for you.  You can register through my online registration form.  All registrations will be done online.  However, payment can be done either via check or PayPal.  If you choose to pay by check, please let me know.   Thanks!

About Jim Richter
Over the last 10 years I’ve built a reputation as a solid blues mandolinist who draws heavily from classic electric blues guitarists, such as Freddie King and Hollywood Fats. Due to my extensive background as a blues-oriented rock guitarist, I’ve garnered respect and notoriety for my mandolin renditions of tunes by Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. This respect also extends to mandolin instruction, as I’ve become one of the more visible blues mandolin instructors. 2012 saw the release of my iPad interactive mandolin instructional book Richter Mandolin. In terms of recent discography, 2013 saw the release of the dual release In-Tuition: Blues & Mandopoly, containing mostly original tunes and special guests from artist such as the great Mike Compton.  Will Kimble and I were recently on The Road Home/Butch Baldassari Tribute CD and Gordon Bonham and I were on The Tribute to Yank Rachel CD.

About Will Patton
Will PattonWill Patton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Will has been playing all kinds of music for over 30 years now, including celtic, jazz, rock and roll, bluegrass and Brazilian choro.  He is in demand as a jazz bass player and session mandolinist in his home state of Vermont and has performed and taught from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Fla., Pacific Palisades to Paris.

During the last 15 years he has been leading his own quintet comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group has been focusing on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop and perform many original compositions in their repertoire.

This December, 2014 the WPE’s 6th CD, Time’s Arrow,  was released showcasing the continuing evolution of their musical explorations, with French musette, hard driving bebop, a Brasilian waltz from Pixinguinha and an exquisit rendering of Steven Foster’s Hard Times featuring pianist Michael Arnowitt. !

For an interview with Will at Mandolincafe.com visit mandolincafe.com.

– See more at: http://www.jimrichter.com/?page_id=850#sthash.nFezI8HB.dpuf


Hootenanny! now available as YouTube movie rental

Hootenanny!, the 2004 concert video of myself and Gordon Bonham at the Crazy Horse Pub in Bloomington, Indiana, has now been released as a video rental on YouTube (for the low price of $1.99).  So besides the option of purchasing outright through this website, you can now rent!

Originally released on DVD and now out-of-print, Hootenanny! is again available–this time as a digital download and rental

Filmed live at the Crazy Horse Pub in November, 2003, blues master Gordon Bonham and mandolinist Jim Richter explore the rich overlapping of Blues and Old-Time Country music and show how one is not too far removed from the other. 70 minute concert.

Label: Richter Digital Arts Production
Released: November, 2004

Selections:
Worried Blues
Sitting on Top of the World
Low Down And Blue
Highway 65
Looks Like Trouble
How Long Blues
Walkin’ Blues
Take Me Back Blues
Lonesome Indian
Broke and Hungry
My Baby Left Me
Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues
CC Rider Blues
Old Joe Clark
Texas Gales


LIMITED SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR 2015 RICHTER BLUES/ROCK MANDOLIN CAMP

There are still a handful of spots left for this year’s Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us w/ special guest Will Patton.  Please contact Jim at jim@jimrichter.com if you are interested.  Each year the camp always fills up so don’t tarry in signing up!

Jim Richter, the Grant Street Inn, and Kimble Mandolins announce the 5th Annual Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us” w/ special guest Will Patton

The 2015 5th annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”–with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Wednesday July 29th through Saturday August 1st at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.

New to 2015 is special guest instructor Will Patton.  Will is definitely in my top 5 to 10 favorite mandolinists and am very excited to have him join us this year.  Will’s knowledge and skill in jazz, gypsy jazz, choro, folk, etc. is incomparable.  His technique and tone are full, rich, and vibrant, allowing each note from his Gibson A to fully sing. Much like the great Don Julin before him, Will understands and endorses the motivational and musical designs of this camp, facilitating the aim of a weekend musical encounter.

Besides rock and blues mandolin styles, this camp focuses on deconstructing the barriers that keep each of us from being the most creative and productive on our mandolins. I do not subscribe to “beginner-intermediate-expert” labeling—especially self-labeling, as I often think it undervalues or devalues the mandolinist. Creativity and ability are both spectrum-based, free of artificial levels and competition.

The curriculum, which is in final development, will cover:

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Choro
  • Arrangement
  • Basic music theory
  • Technique
  • Practice routines
  • e-Mando
  • Jamming

However, like last year, the attendees will also help refine the curriculum by completing the questionnaire that is a part of the registration form. Let us know what you’d like to learn and we’ll do our best to work it into the schedule.

Returning this year will be concurrently held “special topic” classes. For example, while Will is teaching basic music theory, Jim will accept a handful of students for blues arrangement. Or conversely, while Jim is teaching a general class on practice routines, Will will hold a small group on choro.

Also, 20 minutes of individual instruction is now a standard part of the camp. Given that we’ve opened this camp to around 20 attendees, we have to limit private instruction to 15 minutes. Individual instruction will be held the mornings of 7/30 through 8/1 between 9AM and 11:30AM.

Breakdown of the Camp:

Wednesday 7/29: Meet and Greet/Jam. Not obligatory to attend but a good icebreaker and beginning to the camp.

Thursday 7/30: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Jamming in the evening.

Friday 7/31: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Jamming in the evening.

Saturday 8/1: Individual sessions in AM. Classes from noon until 5PM. Faculty concert in the evening.

Cost: Tuition for the workshop is $320 ($330 if paying via Paypal). This covers camp instruction, printed materials, individual instruction, and the faculty concert. It does not include dining or lodging.

Housing: For out of town folks, I encourage you to use the Grant Street Inn as it is the center of activities and is offering a great discount for our group. Just tell them that you are booking for the Richter Mandolin Camp to ensure the $119 plus tax rate per night.
http://www.grantstreetinn.com 812-334-2353. Reduced rates are available from Tuesday 7/28 through Saturday 8/1.

Lesson Plan/Special Topic signups: Once I receive a sufficient number of registration forms back, we will finalize our curriculum. At that time I will send each of you a schedule of classes where you can list your class preferences. After sending this back to me, I will finalize our class rosters.

Registration: You can email me (jim@jimrichter.com) for questions or to put a hold on a spot for you.  You can register through my online registration form.  All registrations will be done online.  However, payment can be done either via check or PayPal.  If you choose to pay by check, please let me know.   Thanks!

About Jim Richter
Over the last 10 years I’ve built a reputation as a solid blues mandolinist who draws heavily from classic electric blues guitarists, such as Freddie King and Hollywood Fats. Due to my extensive background as a blues-oriented rock guitarist, I’ve garnered respect and notoriety for my mandolin renditions of tunes by Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. This respect also extends to mandolin instruction, as I’ve become one of the more visible blues mandolin instructors. 2012 saw the release of my iPad interactive mandolin instructional book Richter Mandolin. In terms of recent discography, 2013 saw the release of the dual release In-Tuition: Blues & Mandopoly, containing mostly original tunes and special guests from artist such as the great Mike Compton.  Will Kimble and I were recently on The Road Home/Butch Baldassari Tribute CD and Gordon Bonham and I were on The Tribute to Yank Rachel CD.

About Will Patton
Will PattonWill Patton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Will has been playing all kinds of music for over 30 years now, including celtic, jazz, rock and roll, bluegrass and Brazilian choro.  He is in demand as a jazz bass player and session mandolinist in his home state of Vermont and has performed and taught from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Fla., Pacific Palisades to Paris.

During the last 15 years he has been leading his own quintet comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group has been focusing on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop and perform many original compositions in their repertoire.

This December, 2014 the WPE’s 6th CD, Time’s Arrow,  was released showcasing the continuing evolution of their musical explorations, with French musette, hard driving bebop, a Brasilian waltz from Pixinguinha and an exquisit rendering of Steven Foster’s Hard Times featuring pianist Michael Arnowitt. !

For an interview with Will at Mandolincafe.com visit mandolincafe.com.

– See more at: http://www.jimrichter.com/?page_id=850#sthash.nFezI8HB.dpuf


Announced: 2015 5th Annual Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

2014 CampersJim Richter, the Grant Street Inn, and Kimble Mandolins announce the 5th Annual Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us” w/ special guest Will Patton

The 2015 5th annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”–with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Wednesday July 29th through Saturday August 1st at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.

New to 2015 is special guest instructor Will Patton.  Will is definitely in my top 5 to 10 favorite mandolinists and am very excited to have him join us this year.  Will’s knowledge and skill in jazz, gypsy jazz, choro, folk, etc. is incomparable.  His technique and tone are full, rich, and vibrant, allowing each note from his Gibson A to fully sing. Much like the great Don Julin before him, Will understands and endorses the motivational and musical designs of this camp, facilitating the aim of a weekend musical encounter.

Camp seating is very limited as many prior students/attendees have reserved spots due to this being the last year before indefinite hiatus.  The remaining 7 to 10 spots (out of 25) will open shortly.

Read more

 


New arrangement: Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (part 1)

Aqualung courtesy of jethrotull.comJethro Tull is one of my all time favorite rock bands.  Ian Anderson and Martin Barre have been very influential in how I conceive of the confluence of light and dark (acoustic & electric; flute & guitar; etc.) in a rock setting.  Most directly, Ian’s acoustic guitar playing heavily influenced how I play acoustic guitar and octave mandolin.  There’s a uniqueness to his strumming style that has become a core of how I approach acoustic.

In many ways, I think Tull were much more successful than Led Zeppelin in incorporating acoustic tones into rock music (Zeppelin’s IIIrd album has received much credit for bridging the acoustic and rock worlds, but Tull–and Fairport Convention before them–were the true pioneers in doing this).  It’s unfortunate that Ian dismantled Tull 3 or 4 years ago (though he continues to tour as “Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson”).  I saw Ian last summer when he toured for the Thick as a Brick 40th anniversary tour.  Ian’s voice was the best I had heard it in many years, but it was very disappointing to not have Martin Barre there.  Unfortunately, I came to Tull in the late 80s after Ian’s voice had already peetered out, so never had an opportunity to see Ian live in the fine form you would have found him in the 70s.

An arrangement of the head of Jethro Tull’s Aqualung has been posted to the Tablature page.  This is the 1st section of the tune up to the acoustic guitar.  The acoustic guitar section and solo will be posted at another time soon to come.


New arrangement: Wanted Dead or Alive, Bon Jovi

Per request of tablature subscriber Barry Hines, I’ve arranged Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive for mandolin.  It’s a great choice for mandolin.  This is not an arrangement of the full song, but all the parts are there.  Love Sambora’s playing on it and the solo, though not a note for note transcription, pays homage to the style of the original.  The opening riff of the tune was made for mandolin, as it uses doubles stops (based around Dm/F) and crosspicking to full effect.

Tablature available on Tab page.  Remember, you need to be a tablature subscriber to reach that content.


Richter Mandolin PDF formatted book now has linked video and audio

Richter MRichter Mandolin 3rd Editionandolin 3rd Edition PDF (sold through this site; digital interactive version sold through Apple iTunes bookstore for iPad only) has been updated to include links to audio and video of the book’s lesson.  For sale for $10 through this website’s store.


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