• Classes

  • Week Two 2018

We’ll have a great time combining technique and inspiration and encouraging them to flow into those complete musical thoughts we call songs.  Let’s play with words, turn them into rhythms and rhymes, and hear their music. The music we hear will help us plant the seeds of melody, and songs will bloom!  All levels

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.

This unique class will combine singing and playing with the history and context of the African American. We will talk about how African Americans helped shape the emergence of old time music, as well as the history around work songs, gospel songs, and toasts. Come ready to play, sing, clap, stomp, and discuss.   All…

Beatles for Ukulele…Are the Fab Four “folk?” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Their songs are the common language of a generation! We will learn three composed by uke enthusiast George Harrison, and one by his bandmate Paul McCartney. Soprano or concert uke, first string tuned to A.   Not beginner, but not too hard either!

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. Cross harping, more advanced work in different effects. Bring what you know, share with others and learn new ways to play! 

To get the most out of these sessions, I suggest you keep a journal for a week or two before coming to camp. Include remembered dreams, observations of the day, overheard comments, and any ideas or snippets that come to mind. We’ll be using this raw material as inspiration and explore different song structures to…

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…

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,…

This class assumes that you have a little knowledge of the fretboard and can play some single note lines as a soloist. Fiddle tunes and fiddle tune variations are a plus but not a necessity as we work through more advanced techniques with ear training and written materials available as a guide to having fun…

Understanding doublestops in terms of scales as well as partial chords; how to effectively use doublestops in both lead and backup playing. This approach helps underscore the harmonic underpinnings of commonly used doublestops and their place in the chords over which they are played.  Int

A look the most common bluegrass and folk progressions and the mandolin as a great medium for playing rhythm along with them, and we’ll unlock a fundamental secret to navigating the mandolin fingerboard. Beginner/Int

I’m a specialist in rhythm guitar with an emphasis on getting a “full band” sound out of a single instrument. We’ll use a workshop format to focus on specific songs that you’d like to take to the next level. I’ll be teaching easy techniques that will lead to instant gratification.  All levels

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

As a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Hubby Jenkins became steeped in the music of Joe and Odell Thompson. They played an African American style of square dance music whose tradition goes back to the Civil War. In this intermediate banjo class we will break down, and learn, songs and tunes preserved from the…

Out on the Rolling Sea:  The Guitar of Joseph Spence Joseph Spence, of Andros Island in the Bahamas, was an utterly unique, brilliant guitarist.  Over the course of his life he developed a powerful yet lyrical style featuring contrapuntal melody, harmony and bass lines weaving seamlessly together with immense musicality and joy.  His repertoire, set…

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! With an emphasis on vocal health and self-care, we will use a combination of vocal warm-ups and workouts, to help relax…

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…

String Poppin’ and Chicken Pickin’…a heapin’ helping of country guitar licks as we take a look at the unique styles of Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, James Burton and other roots guitar greats. Intermediate with some forays up the neck.

Playing swing rhythm is big fun and easier than you think.  Using a few easy chords and right- and left-hand techniques, you can start comping your way to four-beat heaven.  We’ll learn the basic three-finger chord fingerings, the best way to move from one chord to the next and the simple left-hand muting technique that…

How to find your calm and peaceful center in the eye of the storm….in the eye of the energy of expression.
 How to claim space on stage and be in the beautiful and exciting moment of performing. Exploring the world of “owning it”! 
Experience being your authentic self and in the flow with an audience.  
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