Didgeridoo From Scratch | Oct 23-27, 2017

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Didgeridoo From Scratch | Oct 23-27, 2017

300.00

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Instructor: William MacGavin
Kentuck Artist In Residence

$478 - $868 TOTAL WORKSHOP COST
($300 tuition + $40 materials fee + $138-528 lodging & meals package of choice)

Didgeridoo From Scratch is a course that will provide students with an experience to learn about the worldwide culture of the didgeridoo, learn how to play the didgeridoo, and learn how to craft their own didgeridoo from a Yucca flower. The worldwide culture and origins of the didgeridoo will be taught through engaging stories and music. Students will be lent a completed didgeridoo to practice on throughout the course, with playing tips and lessons provided throughout the week. Students will be taught trade secrets that will allow them to make an instrument using techniques that were developed from a decade of trial and error. At the end of the course, students will have hand-crafted a beautiful wooden musical instrument, will have learned how to play basic techniques and rhythms to play along with others, and have joined a worldwide community of didgeridoo crafters and players. All are welcome. No experience is necessary.  

Class Level: Beginner/Novice, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Multi-Level

Class Prerequisites: Students must be open minded, with the curiosity and drive to learn a new skill. Students must be able to work with their hands.

An additional supply fee of $40 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class. Supply free includes Yucca Flower, Sandpaper, Gloves, Sawhorses, Carving Tools, Food-Safe Epoxy, Mouthpiece wood, and Tools.

Class Note: Students will be near sawdust, which may require a respirator if indoors. Students will have the option to use a food-grade epoxy resin to finish their didgeridoo, which will require a respiratory and nitrile gloves to handle. Students will have the option to allow the instructor to apply the finish coat to their instruments, if they would not like to apply the resin themselves.

Hear instructor, William MacGavin, play one of his custom made didgeridoos.

William MacGavin is a didgeridoo player and crafter from Temecula, CA. William has been an artist at the Kentuck Arts Festival since October 2015. He is a graduate from the University of Alabama, with a degree in Architectural Engineering with a focus in Acoustics. William has been making didgeridoos for the past decade, and playing since he was 11 years old. Will has played didgeridoo in genres ranging from folk-funk to progressive rock to symphony orchestra, and is currently playing in the jazz band, The Medicine Men. Instruments made by Will are primarily crafted from Yucca and Agave flowers, an American innovation, and from hardwoods, using modern woodworking techniques. His shop, MacGavin Woodworks, is based out of Tuscaloosa, AL. William also demonstrates at schools and libraries; his program teaches younger students about the didgeridoo, musical collaboration, and personal growth. Click here to follow Will and his work. 

[Photo Credit: Lauren Musgrove]


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This workshop is part of the Kentuck Artists In Residence program. With the shared goal of perpetuating folk art, the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell has joined with Kentuck Art Center & Festival to offer “The Kentuck Experience at the Alabama Folk School.” This exciting collaboration will give Kentuck Festival goers an opportunity to extend their Festival experiences by meeting Kentuck artists and learning their craft in a week-long workshop at the Alabama Folk School.