• Classes

  • Week One 2018

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 class will cover traditional flat picking for the solo singer/guitarist, with a strong focus on the music of the Carter Family and Norman Blake. We will look at rhythm guitar playing, bass runs and riffs, ornaments and fills, and melodic soloing. We might also take a detour to learn the beautiful tune “Farewell Trion.” …

Beginners welcome, lapsed beginners encouraged, experienced players challenged. We’ll explore the unique voice and rich musical possibilities of this superb traditional American instrument.  If you want to take this class but don’t have access to a dulcimer, please contact us in advance.  All levels

Playing familiar songs right from the start, we will learn the basic tools for song accompaniment and playing with others. We’ll cover the basic chords, learn which chords commonly go together, and practice changing chords in rhythm. Basic strumming styles will be taught, with an emphasis on bass/alternate or “boom-chuck” strumming with a flatpick. Simple…

We’ll learn a song a day, 5 songs, 5 blues scales, 5 turnarounds and then discuss how to apply this knowledge to enable guitarists to play in every key all over the fretboard.  Beginner/Int

The fiddle is a continuous source of amazement, from basic bow-to-string to more elaborate playing. Using lovely and simple southern old-time and Cajun tunes, we will build the layers, from finding good basic melodies to adding chords, variations, and rhythm. We will explore bowing technique, drawing mostly from old-time and Cajun styles, and use some…

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…

Flatpicking fiddle tunes is an intermediate level repertoire class.  We will learn old time fiddle tunes and work on technique along the way.  Int

This class will focus on solidifying the basics of good technique, and expand into a survey of the varying roles of the mandolin. Melodic playing, fiddle tunes, improvising a break, and song backup (both playing behind a guitar player and accompanying yourself as a singer) are likely topics, using a repertoire based on a broad…

Intro to thumbpicking is an intermediate level class focusing on the traditional finger style guitar method made famous by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. We will work on the separation of thumb and fingers, where the thumb plays the bass and rhythm while the fingers play the melody.  Int

This playful class is designed to introduce (or perhaps re-introduce) you to this versatile instrument. We’ll cover holding and tuning the mandolin, how to coordinate the pick, and how to play simple chords and lead lines. Then we’ll relax into a week of songs and tunes to strengthen and expand your mandolin playing and overall…

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

Who is your performing self?  How can you find a way to take charge of the moment?  I love working with people to help them find their best self on stage. Come sing a song and we will work together to help you become more comfortable and more effective in your performance. We can view our time on…

All instruments are welcome for this guided and encouraging “play-time” together.  All levels 

Non-scalar improvisation has two big advantages: First, you don’t need to spend time learning dozens of scales…Second, your mind will be freed of the constraints of scalar thinking. This approach, like all good stuff, still involves Work, but it can “cut to the chase,” and get you improvising sooner and more freely! Bring a recording…

Music that sustained a movement.  Learn about the history and power of these songs, and bring them new life in these sessions.  All levels

This workshop is all about getting started-throwing some words and music down-sketching out song notions so that we have something to edit and complete. We often stop ourselves before we’ve even started by wanting the song to be perfectly formed before we commit pen to paper. I’m hoping everyone who participates in this class leaves…

As songwriters we often approach songwriting as serious business. What if it was a game? Here’s a chance to open the window and let a fresh breeze blow through.  What happens when we remove our critic from the equation?  Maybe we find beginner’s mind, and a little surprise inside the box to take home. Everyday we’ll have a…

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…

The musical career of Josh White, Sr. spanned forty years.   Rooted in the blues of the 1920s American South, in the 1940s he was performing in New York on stage with jazz greats and by the 1960s was a major player in the folk revival.   Learn about his life and his guitar stylings….

The goal here is freedom and fun! Every day, we are presented with situations that call for us to improvise, at work, at home, in line at a store. But we don’t worry about, or fear improvisation in these situations. We just go for it. In this class, we will go for that same sense…

The Music That Is Unique To You. Whether you want to sing Opera, Pop, Gospel, Musical Theater, Blues or Traditional Folk, your instrument is your voice, your body, your intelligence and your soul. Learn vocal technique through vocal exercise and breath management. Learn how to use breath energy to produce a free and effortless tone….

Jazzy blues tunes…Bluesy jazz tunes; it’s a blurry line. In this workshop, we’ll learn some chord substitutions and melodic variations that will help you cross the line from blues to jazz, and also give your jazz tunes a bluesy tinge, both for solo guitar and for playing in a combo. Bring a recording device!  Int/Adv

Sometimes a story is the best way to talk about things big and little, funny and sad, life and the universe. The power of music and story together can often speak when nothing else can. Narrative songwriting is learning how to craft the song without getting in the way of the story. Letting the story…