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New 4-Week Term begins Tue., November 29
This Special Holiday Term is a little different from our usual format. One class night (12/6) will be led by guest teacher Louis Robinson on “Folk Songs from the British Isles” (all classes meet together that night). Also, there’s a workshop on Music Improvisation with Joe Craven (12/13) that you can take as a option to your regular class that night. (Registered students receive $20 off Joe Craven’s workshop. See below.)
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: this ‘half’ term is four weeks long.
WHEN: Tuesday evening, 7:00pm – 8:45pm
LOCATION: Oakhurst Baptist Church
222 E. Lake Drive, Decatur, 30030
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COST: 4-Week Class Term – 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20
$65 per student per 4-week class term
NOTE: FHS Members receive a $5 discount this term.
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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.
“Music Improvisation with Joe Craven:
How to be In the Moment & Without a Net”
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 7:30PM-9:30PM
Cost: $50 ($30 if you’re registered for the concurrent term)
How do you make better music in the moment, jam confidently with folks you’ve never met, and/or say something different every time you take a solo?
MORE INFO ON THE WORKSHOP? CLICK HERE!
Folk Songs from the British Isles (Dec. 6th)
You’ll learn the difference between English, Scottish and Irish folk music with expert Louis Robinson. All classes will meet together for this workshop!
GUITAR Level One
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
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
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
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.
FIDDLE Level One
Our introductory fiddle class really gets your ear in gear. You’ll learn simple folk tunes by ear, and once you’ve picked up the way notes relate to each other in melodies, you’ll be able to teach yourself new songs in whatever musical style you’re passionate about. You’ll also learn about tone and intonation, and how chords and melodies fit together.
UKULELE Level One
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 Level One
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.
VOCAL Level One
In our vocal class you’ll learn the elements of harmony and vocal ornamentation by singing through folk songs and ballads. We’ll use 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, and, if you like, you’ll have a chance to sing a solo!
PLAYING IN A GROUP (New!)
Can you play a few songs, hold a steady beat, breathe while playing and… and maybe are ready to sing? Put those calluses to work in our new course! In this class for mixed instrumentalists (who want to sing or not) and vocalists (no instrument required), 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. Pre-requisites: Students should be able to play and easily make chords changes in the keys of D, A, G and E and use a capo (guitar/banjo). Bring to class your instrument, a capo (guitar/banjo), a music stand if you have one, and an open attitude!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or maxgodfrey.me or 404 218 4707.
John Harvey has played in musical groups ranging from his high school marching band and multiple ensembles to a weekly house-band and even a samba school. He has also led local jam sessions.
Originally from Austin, Texas, John has made the Decatur area of Atlanta his home for the past 9 years. Since discovering the Frank Hamilton School last year, he has volunteered as an assistant teacher and joined the FHS Band as a regular performer at festivals. Recently he launched a community jam session program for the school.
John brings to the school experience teaching English as a second language and coordinating music workshops. When he’s not training non-profits to use software, John spends as much time as possible singing and playing guitar and mandolin with other music lovers.
Barbara grew up in Atlanta in a musical family from Copperhill, TN, a copper mining town on the
GA/TN line. Her fiddling grandfather, John B. ("Uncle Bert") Panter played for house dances, barn raisings, and other community gatherings, often alongside Fiddlin' John Carson.
After surviving a mine cave-in where his brother was killed, Barbara's grandfather declared that no son of his would work in the mines. Thus the whole family including Barbara’s grandparents, parents, and all but two of her father's siblings moved to Atlanta in the 1940s after WWII, providing a large extended family. Barbara's father, John Panter Jr., one of 7 brothers and 2 sisters, was a fine singer with a beautiful tenor voice and a keen sense of harmony. Some of Barbara's earliest memories are of falling to sleep at family gatherings listening to gospel singing with beautiful harmonies.
At the age of 3 Barbara began playing piano and singing and strumming her little ukulele and sang her 1st solo in church at the age of 4. Her grandfather gave her his fiddle when she was 8 years old and told her he expected her to become a fiddler, further setting her on course for a lifetime of music.
Barbara has played with several bands and performed throughout the southeast, in the northeast, southwest, British Isles, and even Serbia. She played and sang for over 40 years with her late husband, Whit Connah, in the band, Hurt Dog, that began in the 70s as an acoustic hillbilly, honky tonk, old time, Cajun band that evolved into Hair of the Dog with drums, and electric guitar, bass, and pedal steel; and continues with her son and daughter-in-law John and Audrey Ferguson, among others. Barbara is currently a member of The Rosin Sisters with Ann Whitley and Jan Smith, three fiddling “sisters” who love playing fiddle tunes and singing early country songs, with close attention to harmony!
Barbara loves teaching and facilitating others to find their way on fiddle or guitar, and delights in guiding harmony singing in a supportive fun environment. Barbara, with the Rosin Sisters, has had considerable experience leading harmony workshops at Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week at Mars Hill, NC; at Bear on the Square Festival in Dahlonega, GA, and the Dulcimer and Old Time Festival in Palestine, TX.
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.