Banjo 1: Bluegrass style
This course will cover general banjo basics, chords and strumming and the basics of the Bluegrass three-finger picking style. Upon finishing the course, the student will be able to play basic accompaniment for songs and be able to choose a direction for further study.
Strum a song using easy chords during the first class! The ukulele has always been a delightful go-to for folks who want to get started playing music now. Learn various strumming patterns and how to pluck melodies on an instrument you can carry with you virtually anywhere.
More chords, more songs, more strumming patterns, more ukulele fun! If you would like to continue on from Ukulele 1 or have some working knowledge of the ukulele and would like to learn more, then this is your class. In addition, learn the rhythmic finger roll, add tremolo to your strumming and learn how to invent your own chords.
Guitar 1 is a course designed for the novice, but reinforces the basics and moves along quickly for those who want to review. Students learn the chord/accompaniment method, so there is no need to be able to read music. A variety of drills, techniques, and songs enable anyone to learn how to understand, strum and pick the guitar. Students must bring their own guitar (preferably acoustic) to each class.
More advanced chords, strumming, and picking techniques are applied.
Fingerstyle Guitar 1
This is an intermediate guitar course focusing on folk and country blues fingerstyle picking. Learn to play rhythm with your thumb while picking an accompanying melody with two other fingers at the same time. Goal will be to learn to play fingerstyle folk songs and gain the ability to convert any melody into a full band sound on a single guitar. Other topics covered: some essential blues riffs, two open tunings and basic slide guitar techniques.Students need to be comfortable with forming and changing chords as well as playing simple melodies.
Fingerstyle Guitar 2
This is an intermediate guitar course focusing on folk and country blues fingerstyle picking and a continuation of the Fingerstyle Guitar 1 class. It will include more in-depth study of simultaneous rhythm and melody picking and an expanded look at slide guitar techniques. We will cover quicker picking with eighth notes, picking hand rhythmic tricks, more essential blues riffs and maximizing creative variation through the use of new chord forms and voicings.