Guitar Workshops

The following are examples of the workshops, seminars, and classes John Doan offers on the harp guitar, six-string guitar, and other types of guitars. Each may be customized to meet the needs of the hosting organization and the students. These are also examples of the sessions John Doan offers during his intensive, annual Harp Guitar Retreat.

To request a John Doan workshop or seminar for your group, event, or organization, please contact us.

Thinking outside of the Box – Harp Guitar Thinking on a Six-String Guitar

John Doan Harp Guitar Moscow.Turgenev Hall.After decades of playing a twenty-string harp guitar John has rethought how he approaches the six-string. This is the perfect workshop for those looking for new inspiration or simply for ways to break out of one’s usual approach to playing guitar.

In this workshop John will address the following:

  • Why is a chord a chord – discovering the “Chord of Nature”
  • What are the five basic chord forms and two basic voicing sequences
  • How do you alter chords one note at a time
  • Creating harp-like chords both major and minor
  • How do you voice chords in accordance with nature

The Guitar Fingerboard Rediscovered – Discovering the Shapes and Meanings of Intervals

John Doan Tour Moscow Lecture.The guitar is perfectly designed to provide harmonic support of singing or for playing lead melodic lines and so we have lead and rhythm guitar roles in bands. But the demands of solo guitar playing require an understanding of the world of intervals or playing two or more parts at once.

In this workshop John will address the following:

  • Playing seconds to tenths in ascending and descending sequences
  • Playing cross string scales (harp scales)
  • Exploring affective response to intervallic tensions
  • Why is the Augmented 4th known in history as the “Chord of the Devil”
  • Thickening melody with intervals and the use of modes

Composing From the Imagination Not from the Fingers – Exploring the Possibilities of Musing in Music

John Doan Harp Guitar with Audience Moscow.The guitar is a great instrument through which to express your musical thinking but too often the music is the result of playing and not the actualization of your auditory imagination. In this unique workshop with John Doan, he explores how to excite your muse and creative energies.

In this workshop John will address the following:

  • How and where to find inspiration
  • Using one’s intuition versus cognitive thinking
  • Finding something to say – music as narrative
  • Developing musical ideas by singing and then finding it on the guitar
  • Taking musical ideas across the full spectrum of the guitar’s range
  • Exploring new patterns of harmonizing melody

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