Minutes of our May 12th Meeting

Date of Meeting: May 12, 2015, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Location: The Well, 220 Main Street, Pineville, NC 28134

Coordinators: Steve Simpson, Fiona McAllister, Misty Simpson, Bobby Davis

Number in Attendance: 15


1)  Fiona announced that she will be helping a group of teenage songwriters in the Lake Norman area get started up, teaching them some basic songwriting.

2)  Misty filled everyone in on the success of our NSAI social night out on May 2nd. A group of NSAI folks and friends met at Cabo Fish Taco for dinner, and then walked down the street to The Evening Muse to see the Seth Glier show. It was a fun night of fellowship and amazing music.

3)  Ken Widis and P.J. Brunson will be playing at the Sylvia Theater’s Songwriter Round on Friday, May 22nd at 9:00 pm. The Sylvia Theater is at 27 N. Congress Street, York, SC 29745.

4)  Diana Wade and DeWitt Crosby will be playing at The Evening Muse on Thursday, May 21st in the Charlotte Folk Society’s Folk Jubilee. The event starts at 7:00 pm.

5)  Lilyfest, at Landsford Canal State Park between Rock Hill and Lancaster, is Sunday, May 17th, from noon til 5:00 pm, and the Rock Hill NSAI chapter is again providing the music. If you are interested in playing, contact Tim Jones at jones1054@comporium.net.

6)  Dale Harris joined Steve Simpson at Nova’s Bakery and Coffee Shop in Rock Hill on May 2nd, and we had a great time playing music from 2 til 4 pm. The event is held on the first Saturday of every month, and everyone is welcome to come and share your music.

7)  Our June meeting will be a kick-off-to-summer song circle, like the circle we had in March that everyone enjoyed. Please bring your guitar and some songs to share. You can choose to ask for feedback on your songs, or just play them for pure enjoyment.


Mike Alicke spoke to us, guitar in hand, about chords and chord progressions. He covered a wealth of information in a very short period of time. First he walked us through how to play all of the major and minor chords in all keys, including barre chords. He covered some music theory on the construction of triads for all major and minor chords in all keys. He then showed us how to modify chords to create some really cool sounding variations that add color to your songs. He demonstrated some standard chord progressions for popular songs and how they have changed through the years, and played excerpts from several hit songs that used those progressions. He then showed us the pentatonic scale and the blues scale for playing lead guitar in all keys. Mike then played some of his own original music using some of the chords and progressions that he had covered.

A big thanks to Mike for a very educational, entertaining presentation.

Song Critiques:

We heard some great songs presented by our members, and hopefully they received some useful feedback on their songs. Thanks to everyone who shared a song.

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