Ring, ring the banjo! Some basic techniques on the right and left hands to discover or to review. We’ll take a look at tablature, and also play by ear as you find your way to some great sounds on this five-string wonder.
Players and singers – come enjoy making music from America, and around the world. Emphasis on ensemble intuition, playing by ear, and lifetime personal music making skills (transposition, harmonizing, etc.).
If you’re tired of straight strumming on all your tunes, let’s start putting those fingers to work! We’ll learn the basics of how to “separate out” one’s thumb and fingers and then get them all working together.
The construction and constituent parts of the mandolin, how each contributes to the functionality of the mandolin as a whole, as well as setup tweaks that you can do yourself to improve playability. This class looks at how to take care of your instrument as well as how to identify when things are amiss.
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.
Writing about historical events or people is a great way to get out of your own head, learn to write more empathetically about the world around you, and create powerful (subtle) commentary on present day issues. We’ll learn some of the tricks of great historical writers and apply them to our own tunes.
What makes language pop and stick in our heads? Why and how do songwriters use patterns to draw in their listeners? Once we’ve created “rules” for a song, when’s the right time to break them? We’ll explore some successful lyric-centric songs and work on our own.