• Classes

  • Week Two 2019

Advancing Beginner Guitar is for players who know their basic guitar chords and not much else. We’ll get up the neck a bit, try out some tunings, fool around with rhythm, and learn some shortcuts and cheap tricks. Bring a capo and a favorite song or tune.

In this class, we will explore the elements of flatpicking from the basic down-up right hand delivery, to cross-picking, rhythm ideas and back-up guitar techniques. This class will strive for a relaxed atmosphere which will encourage a non-competitive and musical experience in order to show how much fun this very conversational style of guitar playing…

Tuning the guitar, learning how to hold it, and strumming chords “in rhythm” is where this class will begin. Folks who have never played as well as beginning guitarists are welcome. We will cover playing to accompany songs as well as session tunes. Bass runs and dynamics will also be practiced. Before we are through…

It’s fun! The instrument is ideal for playing chords and easier than many instruments for learning to play melodic accompaniment. This class is for learning basic techniques on the right and left hands, learning tunes and songs “by ear,” basic session essentials and plenty of practice playing in rhythm. As the week progresses, the class…

This class is intended to introduce basic techniques, styles and approaches to the use of the harmonica in blues and folk music. Topics covered include: breathing, playing in both 1st and 2nd positions, bends, trills, tremolo, rhythmic comping and other effects. Students are required to bring at least one harmonica in the key of C,…

Take a leap from basic harmonica and start moving toward difficult techniques. The class will cover cross harping and more advanced work in different effects. Bring what you know, share with others and learn new ways to play! 

“Brooks’ Blues” introduces the player to one classic blues song each session. We’ll learn the song in its most basic form: lyrics, melody and chords. Then we’ll delve into the exciting elements that make a blues song work, including blues rhythms, bluesy sounding chords, and those ever-delicious blues riffs. We’ll look at a wide range…

Moran Lee “Dock” Boggs was a stunning banjoist and singer from Norton, VA.  He recorded in the late 1920s, and then again in the early 1960s after Mike Seeger sought him out in his hometown.  Dock is known for his unique three-finger banjo style and his dark, compelling repertoire.  In this class we’ll look at…

Being from the “loving-all-kinds-of-fiddling-styles” school, I would like to offer a class on the language of fiddle styles. What makes an Irish tune sound Irish? (and how do they make those neat ornamental sounds?), an old-time tune sound old timey? (rhythm with the bow, emphasis on the correct syllable), How do those Quebecois fiddlers do…

Filling in the Cracks is for any guitar players who do OK but want to spiff it up, for old folkies needing to lose bad habits, for more experienced players looking for a technical boost, or for any who have nothing else to do that period. We’ll get you to play just like yourself, only…

Two classes in one, covering the history and background of fingerpicking, as well as basic fingerpicking instruction. In addition, this class will cover the tips and tools of singing. Learn how to fingerpick and sing your favorite songs like you mean business.  Beg./Int.

We will study and perform music from the string band traditions of rural America. Additionally Nova Scotia, Quebecois, Irish, New England, Scandinavian, African American, dance, and ballad traditions will also be explored with listening, practice, and performing components. Emphasis on ensemble intuition, playing by ear, and lifetime personal music making skills (transposition, harmonizing, etc.). Violin,…

Since the dawn of man, the rhythm bones have passed from hand to hand through generations to become one of the most widely played instruments in the world. After many travels the bones made their way to America and became an integral part of American popular music. Come learn a bit more about the history…

Would you like to be able to figure out how Blind Montana Driveway played “Spewin’ the Blues” on that rare Earwax recording of 1925?  Or how Richard Thompson played “1952 Vincent Black Lighting” on his Rumor and Sigh CD in 1991?  In Guitarchaeology, we’ll learn about the signs and cues that lead us to what tuning and…

Let’s take a look at the mysterious and magnificent mandolin. We’ll cover the rhythm chops and comping as well as tremolo, hammer ons, pull offs and other fun ornamentation to include in your improvising as well as learn a cool tune or two to try stuff out on. The class will feature written material so…

Sing for energy and sing for joy. We’ll sing great songs that are easy to learn, and the class will include plenty of vocal warm-ups and wake-ups. Everyone welcome. All levels

Come have some serious fun studying the nuts and bolts of how music fits together. Emphasis will be on understanding diatonic and chromatic scales, simple chord structures, chord progressions and musical vocabulary.  We’ll have handouts and hands-on time.  Bring your questions.

An innovative all inclusive music workshop featuring Stuart Kenney’s original music compositions.  We will integrate tunes, spoken word, rhythms and groove into a frenzy of heartfelt music.  Bring instruments (any level), voices, and percussion. Come experience how tone and movement weave a groove for the human soul.

‘Repertoire Americana’ is a repertoire building workshop that focuses on some classics in the broadly defined ‘Americana’ genre. We’ll learn the basics of the song – melody, lyrics, chords and rhythm – then we’ll delve into some possible ways to arrange the song for performance. Topics include the form of the song, the strumming or…

Singing is fun! Inside each of us lives a beautiful and unique instrument.  In this workshop, we will move our bodies, soften our hearts, open our mouths and let our voices out to play!  All levels

The distinctive sound of blues being playing on guitar with a bottleneck slide has its roots in Hawaii, the Diddley bow and it’s one stringed ancestors in Africa. In this class we will study the proper technique for holding a slide and intonation. We will begin with the first known bottleneck style recording by Sylvester…

Learn how to utilize your intuition and tell your truth to write your best songs. This class will cover song craft and structure. Get ready to do some co-writing as well!  All levels

We will learn real world sound skills and wander through some “big picture” theory without getting too technical. Much of what makes good sound is really basic: beat back hums and buzzes, set up your stage well, monitor levels in the right places, have good communication with the stage. Class tips and hands-on experience will…

This is our time to create songs from a place of freedom, flow and fun. Using games and prompts, we will practice being in and writing in “non-edit” mode and see where each of us is led.  Jump on in…the water is fine!  All levels

I will teach the bass from the ground up – from how to hold it (whatever form of the bass you bring), to playing a tune within the class period!  Feel how bass tones shake the earth.