• Classes

  • Week One 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.

First time players will learn basic tuning and playing skills, while more advanced players concentrate on developing accompaniments and arrangements and repertoire. The class will combine playing by ear and by the numbers (tablature).  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, also simple music theory and other useful tools, such as using a…

We’ll learn some classic blues songs, delve into chords all over the neck, find ways to get more sounds out of your mandolin,  and learn a way to move double stops up and down the neck that sounds great and is relatively easy to understand!  Int.

Add some iconic country songs to your own guitar repertoire. Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and more.  Int./Adv.

We’ll plan to explicate three Gary Davis tunes (easy, intermediate, and advanced/intermediate), and explore the basics of his very sophisticated guitar style…included will be several of the most common devices in the Reverend’s “bag of tricks”, as he put it. These include his unusual fingerings, syncopated bass lines, and rolls. Tab will be included. Feel…

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…

Learn the traditional finger style guitar method made famous by Merle Travis.  We will work on the separation of thumb and fingers, where the thumb plays the bass and rhythm while the fingers play the melody in this intermediate-level class.  

Same four string pitches, one has a bow, the other frets and a pick…. This class welcomes both instruments and the people who play – or want to play – them! We could explore Old-Time, Cajun, Quebecois (or other Northern) tunes, playing back-up chords, and singing with your instrument. Other topics are possible depending on…

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

One Song! Write one song this week…the goal to be able to play the song by the end of the week for someone, the class, etc. The class will work together on everyone’s individual song….  All levels

Married guitarists Pete and Maura Kennedy have performed in every possible situation over the past twenty years, from Royal Albert Hall to Texas roadhouses, and in every venue, they have faced the challenge of overcoming nerves and connecting with the audience. The adrenaline of performing can make an easy guitar solo suddenly seem hard, and…

Guitar arrangements often get locked into being little more than a way to get sound under our words.  In this class we will view the guitar as a sonic canvas, using simple fingering techniques, textures, rhythmic variation and dynamics to bring arrangements alive.  Int. 

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

Using the guitar to accompany vocals, or to play solo tunes, is a beautiful sound with very basic foundations. Starting with these basics, we’ll show how they can lead to solid solo accompaniments making use of syncopation, crosspicking, and bass lines to create textured arrangements. The holy grail of this style is the playing of…

What song structures are available for us when writing social (marching) tunes?  If you are considering writing this type of song, or have some songs you have written but are not satisfied with yet, come on along!

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…

How can we break out of our songwriting patterns? We often have habitual ways of creating a melody, and lyrical paths that we always follow.  How can we find a new melody and shape? In this workshop we’ll look at using the scaffolding and energy of an already existing song to help us create a new song….

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…

…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.

As human beings we are hardwired for song and story. But we often forget that “songs change the air!”  In this class we will sing, and by singing learn about using song in our lives and the world.  All levels

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….