Telling Our Stories Through Historic & Traditional Folk Music
Also Performing Classical Guitar
Diana Wagner teaches a variety of workshops at folk festivals, schools, and special events. Some of her current workshops are listed here. Please contact Diana for more information about workshops and festivals.
Hearing Chord Changes
You’re at a jam, and someone suggests a tune you don’t know. What do you do? An important skill toward surviving a jam session is to learn to hear and anticipate chord changes. This workshop will teach you to hear and identify common chords and chord changes and to understand where and when they occur. We’ll explore how to anticipate what chord is coming and answer your questions about surviving the jam.
Jitters Are for Jitterbugs: Understanding and Conquering Stage Fright
Did you know there is science behind stage anxiety? This workshop will provide participants performance opportunities while examining the symptoms, causes, and strategies for overcoming everything from mild to paralyzing fear. A bibliography will be provided.
Hanging On In A Jam Session
Beginning ear training for enthusiastic strummers. Do you ever position yourself in a jam session so you can watch the guitar player across from you? Do you watch people play with ease in a jam session and say, "I want to do that!"? This workshop will provide beginner music theory and ear training for strummers who want to keep up in a jam session. Participants will learn about the Circle of Fifths, what that has to do with jamming, and practice identifying chord changes in common folk songs.
Open G Tuning
Learn to play basic folk and blues in open G tuning. Open G gives a nice voice to the guitar and allows complete beginners, including children, to play songs almost instantly.
Learn the basic 12-bar blues progression, patterns of blues lyrics, and practice some song-writing!
Using easy to find materials, students can build a variety of musical instruments, including shekeres, tambourines, maracas, and more!