Fingerstyle Guitar: from Chet Atkins to James Taylor w/Dan Bankhurst & Jim Nichols

Fingerstyle Guitar: from Chet Atkins to James Taylor w/Dan Bankhurst & Jim Nichols

Dan Bankhurst, Jim Nichols

Sunday, May 6th

11:00 am (event ends at 1:00 pm)

$30

Fingerstyle Guitar: from Chet Atkins to James Taylor
Many people don't know that fingerstyle guitar incorporates many styles from jazz to blues, to country and pop, and many other styles. Jim Nichols and Dan Bankhurst will be discussing and teaching how to develop a basic foundation to be able to play fingerstyle guitar from anybody to James Taylor to Chet Atkins. They'll be diving deeper into each style individually as well. They will discuss how some of the best fingerstyle guitarists incorporated different styles and techniques into their playing. One James Taylor and Chet Atkins song will be dissected and discussed to show the variety of fingerstyle guitar.

Prerequisites - none
Dan Bankhurst
Dan Bankhurst
Soulful. Genuine. Refreshing. These are the words most used in describing Dan Bankhurst and his unique approach to music. With roots in rock, blues, soul, funk, and jazz, the popular, Nashville-based guitarist taps into these influences in bringing a new facet (and groove) to traditional and contemporary fingerstyle guitar playing.

Considered one of the most talented, promising, and original young guitarists performing today, Dan has shared the stage with many of the best fingerstyle guitarists on the planet including Phil Keaggy, Muriel Anderson, Jim Nichols, Thom Bresh, John Knowles, Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, and the late Pete Huttlinger (who produced Dan’s critically-acclaimed first CD, “At First Sight” in 2013). Dan’s second acclaimed solo CD, “Tradition Pickin,’” was released in 2015 and paid tribute to the Mount Rushmore of Fingerpicking Masters: Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Jerry Reed.

Dan, who won the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in 2013 (along with a new Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar), has performed repeatedly at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention, appeared at the Chet Atkins Tribute Show in Nashville in 2014, and was recently invited to showcase his fingerpicking talents on Steve Krenz’s Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar Series, and gave a special fingerstyle guitar demonstration at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dan’s popularity as a performer continues to grow as audiences across the country and in Europe discover his appealing blend of superb musicianship, a wide range of styles, and a warm, likeable, engaging stage presence that easily connects with people of all ages.
Jim Nichols
Jim Nichols
Jazz/Fingerstyle guitarist Jim Nichols’ credentials include appearances on television, radio, concert halls, and clubs including Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. He has played and/or recorded with Kenny Rankin, Chet Atkins, Hubert Laws, Eddie Harris, Buddy Montgomery, Van Morrison, Toots Thielemans, Tom Waits, Tommy Emmanuel and many others. Jim has taught clinics in the U.S. and in Europe including Stanford and Jamie Aebersold’s Jazz Workshops. He was featured at the ’97 Django Reinhardt Festival in France with the great European guitarists, Romane and MartinTaylor. Jim is featured on “World of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar” for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop and has a Jazz Guitar instruction video “Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar” for Mel Bay Music.