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Time Machine: How to Build a Strong Rhythmic Foundation Workshop with Eli Broxham

If you’ve been to a bluegrass jam, you’ve probably had this experience at some point: it’s your turn to take a break and you launch into the version of the tune you’ve spent hours working up, only to notice that you’ve completely left the rest of the jam in the dust, and not in a good way. You’re well ahead of the beat, and what’s worse, you’re not entirely sure how to get back with the ensemble. In this intermediate workshop, we’ll talk about specific practice techniques you can employ to help you not only keep time with an ensemble while playing rhythm or lead, but become someone who actively strengthens the group’s groove. Bring a metronome, or download one on your phone, because we’ll be discussing advanced techniques for working on your time on a large and small scale. These techniques will help mold you into a player who can groove on their own or with others, because having good time is the best way to take your playing to the next level.

Eli Broxham is an Illinois native who attended DePaul University, where he studied classical bass performance. While soaking up all the technical and musical skills he could, he formed and fostered a deep love of folk, improvised, and groove-based music. He transferred this love into a career that led him to perform across the city and region with top musicians in multiple genres, including Bluegrass, Old-Time, Jazz, and Rock. During this period, he developed a reputation as a skilled side person with a unique way of playing that gave bandleaders the confidence to give his bass a lead voice during performances. After four years of working professionally in Chicago, Broxham moved to Nashville where he currently resides, working with touring acts such as Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, and cultivating his main musical project: Dallas Ugly.

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