Instructor: Greg Horne

Guest Instructors:  Emily Elbert

Workshop Description

Why take a songwriting class? There are as many ways (and reasons) to write a song as there are writers, and for many it is a fairly isolated process. This course is a rare chance for both beginning and experienced writers to join up with others who are passionate about the art form and spend a week immersed in the craft of writing with multi-instrumentalist and author Greg Horne and funk-folk singer songwriter Emily Elbert. The focus is on building your skills: developing ideas, creating new work, strengthening your own instincts, and presenting your work to others. Bring in your works in progress to get fresh perspective on them from your instructors and classmates. Over the course of the week, we will break down the essential elements of songs (structure, melody, harmony, lyrics, imagery, storytelling, arrangement) and make them work more effectively to deliver your message. You will get practical music theory tips to help you analyze what you hear, write charts and communicate better with band-mates and producers. There will be opportunities to perform in class and in front of audiences, chances to explore co-writing, and exercises to help your observation, creative thinking and expression. By the end of the week you will have lots of ideas about your process, new songs started, and inspiration from new friends sharing your journey.

Greg Horne Biography

Greg Horne is excited to return to the Crown Guitar Festival, having previously taught songwriting workshops here with guest artists David Wilcox, Jim Messina and Liz Longley. Greg comes from another region of beautiful mountains. “My home of Knoxville, Tennessee is a great place to be an artist. East Tennessee has a deep history in old-time mountain music, country and Americana, while the city itself is home to influences from around the world. I have friends who are in garage punk bands and friends who are master jazz musicians. I soak that all up and it comes out in my singing, playing and writing. Plus I’m not too far from Nashville, so I can work with a growing group of friends who are artists in that community.”

As a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, lap steel, banjo and piano, as well as an experienced recording engineer/producer, Greg has collaborated with and accompanied many other artists. “I love the character of writer’s voice singing their own song. I try to create a musical dialog that amplifies the feeling of the lyrics and that voice rather than covering them up,” he says. An experienced educator, Greg was a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop for twenty years. Greg has authored over a dozen instructional books for Alfred Publishing, including Complete Methods for Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele, and Teach Yourself Songwriting. Greg’s albums include the solo acoustic Basically Sane (2010) and Working on Engines (2016) with his electric band.

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Emily Elbert Biography

Emily Elbert weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend of introspection and celebration. Anchored by intricate guitar work and an old-soul voice, her songs offer progressive perspective while paying tribute to the timeless. She has independently released four albums, and several singles.  As a performer, Emily has played over a thousand shows around the world, from Peru to Palestine, and opened for acts like Leon Russell and Victor Wooten. Recently, she spent a year touring as a member of Esperanza Spalding’s critically acclaimed experimental music and theater project, playing shows ranging from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to the Sydney Opera House.

Emily’s original work draws influence from global folk and jazz, and classic American instrumentalists and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Jimi Hendrix. Her music has garnered praise from publications like the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Glamour Magazine, and won awards in the U.S. and U.K. Through authentic song sharing, she strives for a deepening sense of human and spiritual connection that is accessible to all.


Register now for seven spectacular days and nights at Bigfork, Montana’s 4 star Flathead Lake Lodge… for the love of guitar… it could change your life!

Registration Info!

  • Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 2882
    Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Physical Address:
    104 Crestview Dr Suite #105
    Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Phone: 855-855-5900
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