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Class Information / Details
New 8-Week Term begins:
Tue., March 7th and Wed., March 8th
Please review class offerings below, and use the form at right to register. Each class is one hour and forty-five minutes long, once a week: a ‘term’ is eight weeks long.
WHEN: Tuesday & Wednesday evening, 7:00pm – 8:45pm
LOCATION: Oakhurst Baptist Church
222 E. Lake Drive, Decatur, 30030
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COST: 8-Week Class Term
Tuesday – 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25
Wednesday – 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
$130 per student per 8-week class term
NOTE: FHS Members receive a $10 discount.
Click here for information about membership and benefits!
Pay your class fee online, or by check:
Pay online with PayPal – You may pay your registration fee online at the same time you register, via our secure PayPal page (you may use any major credit card; and you do not need to create a PayPal account).
Pay by Check: Alternately, you may register online, and then mail in your check, if you prefer.
Make your check payable to: “Frank Hamilton School”
Mail to: Frank Hamilton School, P.O. Box 3645, Decatur, GA 30031
After you submit the registration form, you will receive a Registration Confirmation email from us with details about the class term you registered for. If you do not receive your confirmation email or have any other issues, questions or concerns, please contact us right away. Thank you.
GUITAR Level One - TUE, WED
In this introductory class, you’ll learn basic chords and chord vocabulary, rhythmic chord changing, and simple strum patterns. You’ll learn your way around the guitar, tuning, and how to pick. You’ll be making music and singing along in no time!
GUITAR Level Two - TUE, WED
If you already know the basic open chords in the keys of G, D, A and E (major and minor), you’re ready for Level 2. In this course you’ll learn new strum patterns and finger picking, and add the B7 and F chords to your chord repertoire. You’ll be introduced to the use of a capo, and to adding bass runs between chords. You’ll deepen your ability to transpose using the Roman numeral system, so you can play your favorite songs in the keys that are best for your voice.
GUITAR Level Three - TUE
Guitar 3 picks up where Level 2 left off, deepening your finger (Travis) picking skills, and adding new bass runs and fill-ins to your flat picking repertoire. You’ll learn how to use arpeggios as accompaniment in ballads, as well as strum patterns for folk rock rhythms. These core skills will set you up to play everything from folk to blues, to country and acoustic rock.
BANJO Level One - WED
In beginning banjo you’ll first learn the clawhammer banjo style, since it provides accessible opportunities for both rhythm and melody playing. After learning how to play chords in the popular song keys, you’ll learn how to play simple melodies, create rhythmic variations, and to accompany while we sing. Please note that this class does not cover “Scruggs Style” 3-finger picking.
BANJO Level Two - TUE
In this course we'll delve deeper into the clawhammer style covered in the introductory course by learning several classic old-time dance tunes. We'll also explore various fingerpicking styles, "rolls," and frailing techniques with a focus on song accompaniment. If you're comfortable with the clawhammer "bum-ditty" and can play in the gDGBD and gCGCD tunings, then this is the course for you!
FIDDLE Level One - TUE
Even if you've never picked up a fiddle, this introductory class will have you bowing along with songs the very first day! We will concentrate on making confident bow strokes, keeping time, and basic scales in easy keys with plenty of simple tunes.
Each week will focus on traditional music such as Blues or Appalachian, and prepare you for further study.
Beginners are welcome and no music reading is required.
FIDDLE Level Two - WED
Here's a course for those who want to bring their playing up to dance tempo, learn some harmony and improvisation, and work on some performance level skills.
Music theory, modes, double stops and higher registers will be offered for study, with an emphasis on developing your own interests and personal style.
Material covered will be genres such as Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Swing, as well as pieces you may bring to work on.
UKULELE - WED
Like all our classes, our introductory ukulele course trains you by ear. You’ll learn basic chords, and strumming and picking patterns. You’ll be able to sing and play folk tunes, and begin to hear chord changes, so you can learn on your own, too.
MANDOLIN - TUE
In our introduction to mandolin you’ll learn to tune, strum and play basic chords while you sing. You’ll learn chord vocabulary and how to hear chord changes so you can learn on your own and play along with your favorite tunes.
PLAYING IN A GROUP - TUE, WED
Can you play a few songs, hold a steady beat, breathe while playing and are ready to sing?
Put those calluses to work in our Playing in a Group class!
In this class for mixed instruments and voice you’ll learn some of the secrets of ensemble playing. We'll work on tempo and meter, learn melody and add some basic harmony.
You’ll have an opportunity to learn the skills required of a leader: setting the tempo, bringing everyone in, directing solos, finishing, working with a microphone. Get ready to play standing up to get the most out of playing music with others. This class will even lead a song or two during our Second Half fun!
Pre-requisites: Students should be comfortable playing and able to make chords changes easily in time in the keys of D, A, G and E and use a capo (for fretted instruments).
Bring to class your instrument, a strap, a capo (guitar/banjo), a music stand if you have one, and an open attitude!
This class has an 8 person maximum
VOCAL HARMONY - TUE
In our vocal harmony class you’ll learn the elements of harmony and vocal ornamentation. We’ll use tunes from the Old Town Folk School book as well as ballads and folk songs from recordings. You’ll develop an ear for creating layers of harmony and variations on familiar melodies that will help you sing harmony on new songs as well.
Max’s first love is traditional American music. He has led workshops on worksongs and other call-and-response songs at colleges, farms, and community centers all over the northeast, including Sheepscot General, Whitefield ME; Williams College; Full Plate Farm Collective, Ithaca NY; Common Ground Farm, Beacon NY; Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Williamstown MA; SUNY New Paltz; and Billings Forge Community Works, Hartford CT. He has also taught worksongs and old-time fiddle at the Folk Music Society of New York Spring weekend 2014.
Max’s vision is to give his students the tools they need to play by ear, play with others, improvise, and teach themselves. He makes it fun and easy for people learn together by using a call-and-response teaching method that develops a strong connection between ear, voice, and instrument. Then it’s natural to learn new music and join in with any group, and to play or sing well, too!
Max regularly performs in Atlanta at Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center, Grant Park Farmers Market, East Atlanta Farmers Market, Root City Pop-up Markets, and The Pullman in Kirkwood. Max’s essays on worksongs have been published in Taproot (Issue 13) and on Bennett Konesni’s worksongs.org.
Facebook pages for Max’s current projects:
Max Godfrey (Solo performance, lessons, writing, and workshops)
Max teaches Old-time American fiddle styles, clawhammer banjo and country-blues and folk guitar privately. You can contact him about lessons at email@example.com, or maxgodfrey.me or 404 218 4707.
Jeff has been playing music since taking up the trumpet in middle school. Highlights of his four years in the high school marching band include a stint on tuba and meeting his wife. Jeff also began playing guitar in high school. When Jeff’s children were younger, neighbor Frank Hamilton recommended the ukulele for them. The kids didn’t learn the instrument, but Jeff did. The ukulele led to banjo and then a return to guitar. Over the years, Jeff has spent countless hours sharing music with school-aged children and adult peers.
Jeff approaches music lessons as a collaboration between teacher and student. By nurturing a rapport with his students, he can shape his classes to satisfy the individual tastes and goals of everyone in the group. In his class you’ll develop not just as an instrumentalist, but as a musician; learning by ear will give you the both the ability to play the songs you’ll learn from Jeff, but the capacity to play along with songs you don’t know!
Fritz has played and taught guitar for over 40 years and has performed folk music and “songs of the heart” in halls, coffee houses and bars for about as long as a singer/songwriter. He has taught private and group lessons in local music shops. Fritz loves to kindle the light of musical passion in his students, and his warm, relaxed teaching style reflects the pleasure he takes in bringing people and new music together.
Fritz studied classical guitar and music theory with Lyster Bass (Lyster currently teaches at Maple Street Guitars in Atlanta). During that time he played in the master class seminar at Emory University.
Fritz also enjoys playing ukulele, octave mandolin, mandola and harmonica. His luthier work includes restoring and repairing acoustic stringed instruments in the violin, guitar and mandolin families.