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The Beatles and You

The Beatles and You: The Composition, Performance, and Recording of Their Classic Songs

This five-day online workshop held with expert analyst, performer, and producer—all Beatles specialists—is devoted to the group’s compositional, performing, and recording procedures, and what their resulting music means to their listeners. Through presentations, lively discussion, short readings and writings, video and live demonstrations, arranging and coaching of singing and instrumental parts, and a “virtual band” remote recording project, participants will choose levels of involvement and areas of desired concentration in exploring the Beatles’ musical world.

The week will proceed with real-time morning presentations involving lecture, rare audio outtakes, photos and diagrams, and—for those desiring more intensive involvement—interactive afternoon sessions, all scheduled to accommodate a range of time zones. Those wishing to discuss the music from a musicological and cultural perspective can elect Track 1; those wishing instrumental instruction on the Beatles’ playing styles in a non-judgmental environment can elect Track 2; and those desiring participation in a “virtual band” recording can elect Track 3. Videos and short readings made available in the months preceding the workshop will introduce ideas and techniques to be explored in our time together. Those electing afternoon sessions will have an opportunity to share their projects in a celebration to be scheduled soon after the week’s end.

Program Dates: July 11 – July 15, 2022
Program Tuition:

  • $150 for half-day participation (Morning Lecture Sessions ONLY)
  • $300 for full-day participation (Morning Lecture Sessions AND any one of the afternoon track options)

*The “Beatles and You” Workshop will be an online workshop and can be attended anywhere remotely.

Application Deadline: *June 1, 2022
Application Process: See the “Application Requirements & Resources” Section Below
Application Decision Notifications: Rolling Basis

 

*Applications received by June 1, 2022, will receive fullest consideration for tracks 1, 2 and 3. Applications for these tracks received after this date will be accessed based on available space.


WALTER EVERETT
Professor of Music Theory

Walter Everett is Professor of Music in Music Theory at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul (Oxford University Press, 2001), The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through The Anthology (Oxford, 1999), The Foundations of Rock: From “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (Oxford, 2009), and, co-authored with Tim Riley, What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music and Their Time (Oxford, 2019). He has also edited the book, Expression in Pop-Rock Music: Critical and Analytical Essays (Routledge Press, 2007), and published 34 peer-reviewed analytical journal articles and book chapters on the Beatles, other pop-rock music, and other topics (most found at academia.edu). Walt has taught college-level courses on the Beatles since 1981 and has addressed audiences throughout the world about their music.


CAMERON GREIDER
Guitarist / Producer / Composer

Cameron Greider is a guitarist, producer, and composer who has worked with Joan Baez, Chris Cornell, Natalie Merchant, Sean Lennon, Freedy Johnston, Rufus Wainwright, P.M. Dawn, and many others. He has performed on the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Late Show with Conan O’Brien, and has worked with top-tier producers like Butch Vig, T Bone Burnett, and Steve Lilywhite. A graduate of Yale University, he also attended the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program and studied music theory, conducting, and composition at the Mannes School. He loves to teach and write arrangements of classical pieces for High Low Duo, his two-electric-guitar group with Jack Petruzzelli.


JACK PETRUZZELLI

Jack Petruzzelli is a seasoned touring and recording musician. As a multi-instrument performer, producer, and songwriter, he has had the privilege of working with a variety of artists that include Patti Smith, Ian Hunter, Joan Osborne, Rufus Wainwright, and Sara Bareilles. In the studio, Jack has collaborated with artists ranging from platinum award winners to unknown sensations. He co-produced Joan Osborne’s album Bring It On Home, which was nominated for Best Blues album of the year at the 2012 Grammy Awards. He is a founding member of The Fab Faux, a critically acclaimed, nationally touring Beatles tribute band (that doesn’t dress up). In 2017, he released his debut solo album, Lake Songs, under the pseudonym Jack Snax. It is available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and live shows whenever Jack is on the road performing with his trio High Season, which features Adam Bernstein and Cameron Greider. Jack has a love for Classical music and is currently recording and performing with Cameron Greider in their guitar duet High Low Duo.


ALL LISTED TIMES ARE IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME

MORNING LECTURE SESSIONS – “All Together Now”

Multimedia lecture, demonstrations and round table, open to all registrants:

10:00-11:00 AM – Walter Everett will present on the processes involved in the creation of some of the Beatles’ greatest songs, and what aspects of the song’s inner musical workings (in terms of vocal and instrumental sound, rhythm, melody and harmony, and formal patterns) relate most effectively to the lyrics, to songs by others that influenced them, and to a larger context in the Beatles’ lives and the world around them. Topics will include presentations based on selections from the following themes:

  • Specific Pop, R&B, and Rockabilly Borrowings in the Beatles’ First Five Singles
  • The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”: A Tortured Stretching of the Twelve-Bar Blues
  • “And Your Bird Can Sing”: John Lennon as Spiritual Guide
  • High Art Born of Deep Crisis: The Composition and Recording of “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  • The Beatles’ Recording Process in “A Day in The Life”
  • Children of Nature: Origins of the Beatles’ Tabula Rasa
  • “Revolution 9”: The Creation of John Lennon’s Guernica
  • The Ways of Melodic Function in Abbey Road

11:15 AM-12:15 PM – From their perspectives as touring and recording artists, Cameron Greider and Jack Petruzzelli present master classes on the Beatles’ performance practices on keyboards and guitars, drawing from a wide range of their songs, in lively discussion with live performances. Special guests from the world of Beatles performance and scholarship may appear. Possible topics include:

  • The roots of George Harrison’s lead lines in country, rockabilly, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll
  • The influence of world music—India and elsewhere
  • Quirks and mysteries of the Beatles’ recording process
  • John Lennon’s rhythm guitar styles
  • The bass playing of Paul McCartney
AFTERNOON INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

Afternoon lecture-demonstration sessions are divided into three different tracks. Please be sure to read options available to participants for each of the three tracks.

Afternoon interactive sessions, Track 1 
“Words are Flowing Out”: Analysis and Discussion Seminar
12:30-3:00 PM – Offline chat among participants based on given prompts, content of morning sessions, short readings with deeper musical analysis or cultural context, and video postings.

3:00-4:15 PM – Walt Everett leads real-time Zoom discussion among all participants, prompted by chat posts, participants’ interests and questions, and other ideas to be shared.

  • Offline: Short essay writing, with detailed responses from Walt, that can lead to a collection to be shared amongst participants soon after the conclusion of the course.

Afternoon interactive sessions, Track 2: 
And the Band Begins to Play”: Instrumental and Vocal Performance

12:30-4:15 PM – Jack and Cameron will coach participants in break-out rooms of no more than five participants each in four 45-minute sessions (12:30-1:15, 1:30-2:15, 2:30-3:15, and 3:30-4:15). Groupings and scheduling are to be determined by coaches for best matching of performing level. All levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome.

Topics for beginners include:

  • Tips for changing chords more quickly
  • Acoustic guitar strumming patterns
  • Singing and playing at the same time

Topics for intermediate and advanced players include:

  • Blues and country licks in the Beatles’ music
  • Fingerpicking patterns
  • Scales and soloing
  • Tone and special effects

Opportunities for sharing performances will be made available.

Afternoon interactive sessions, Track 3:
“You Can Learn How to Play the Game”: “Virtual Band” Recording Project

12:30-4:15 PM – Jack and Cameron will coach participants in break-out rooms of no more than five participants each in four 45-minute sessions (12:30-1:15, 1:30-2:15, 2:30-3:15, and 3:30-4:15). Groupings and scheduling are to be determined by coaches for best distribution of vocal and instrumental parts, and performing level.

Record your own Beatles cover with a virtual band made up of musicians at your level, from all over the country (or the world). You’ll receive a GarageBand project with all the individual instrument and vocal parts to a Beatles song, plus charts and videos showing how they’re played. (Multitrack files and tutorial videos will be shared in advance to give you time to prepare.)

Cameron and Jack will coach you through playing and recording the part you choose, and will then mix it together with your bandmates’ tracks for a virtual band recording that we can share in a virtual concert setting soon after the conclusion of the course. Basic proficiency on guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or voice, is required. Those electing Track 3 will need to be familiar with GarageBand or other recording software.

*A final schedule will be sent to participants prior to the start of the workshop


“The Beatles and You” Workshop will have four registration options for participants: an unlimited “general track” as well as three seperate tracks for afternoon sessions. Please see below for requirements for each participation level:

GENERAL PARTICIPATION
An unlimited number of spots are available to participate in the workshop morning sessions. Participation is open to anyone ages 18 and older.

TRACK 1: READING & DISCUSSION (maximum 25 participants)
Participants should submit a “statement of interest” as to why they are interested in this program, as well as 10 (ten) “Beatles” songs they would be interested in covering during the program. All materials can be attached to the workshop application.

TRACK 2: HANDS-ON PERFORMANCE (maximum 20 participants)
Participants should submit a “statement of interest” as to why they are interested in this program, as well as 10 (ten) “Beatles” songs they would be interested in covering during the program.

They should also submit a sample video or audio recording of their vocal and/or instrumental performing in any desired styles ( maximum 12 (twelve) minutes). All materials can be attached to the workshop application.

TRACK 3: RECORDING PROCEDURE (maximum 20 participants)
Participants should submit a “statement of interest” as to why they are interested in this program, as well as 10 (ten) “Beatles” songs they would be interested in covering during the program.

They should also submit a sample video or audio recording of their vocal and/or instrumental performing in any desired styles (maximum 12 (twelve) minutes). All materials can be attached to the workshop application.

Track 3 Participants should have a basic familiarity with GarageBand or another recording program. Applicants will be asked about their experience with recording as part of the application.

 

*Applicants should be aware that there is a non-refundable $50 application fee in addition to the program’s tuition cost listed above.

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