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Core: BANJO 1
In this introduction to 5-string banjo, you’ll learn to play in both the C and G tunings. We’ll introduce you to a variety of styles, including clawhammer, Pete Seeger-style strumming, and 3-finger Scruggs style, depending on the interests of the class. You’ll also learn to use a capo to change keys.
Core: GUITAR 1, Repertoire

If you’ve taken Guitar 1, or you used to play or have dabbled a bit and you need to get those callouses back, this is the class for you. You’ll firm up the skills you learned in Guitar 1, get more comfortable with rhythmic chord changes, simple strum patterns and transposition. This course can be repeated until you’re ready for the next level.

Core: GUITAR 3, Flatpicking
If you are familiar and comfortable playing melody and accompaniment with boom chuck’n bass runs, this is your next stop. We’ll hone the skills we picked up in Guitar 2 Flatpicking and play tunes that are great to sing to and pick. And….we will trade pick’n roles between the players adding an “organic” musical narrative filled with dynamics and textures. Let’s go!
Core: GUITAR 3, Rock & Blues
If you want to explore 12 bar blues, early 60’s styles, and Rock and Roll, this class is for you. Students should be comfortable playing, singing, and making chord changes in the keys of E, A, D, and G. We will be learning new chords and chord shapes to expand your chord vocabulary and learn the basics of improvising. Come have fun playing guitar and remembering your “Rock and Roll” days.
Core: GUITAR 4

Guitar 4 is a continuation of Guitar 3 working on arpeggios, finger picking, flat picking, bass runs and some theory with an emphasis on making arrangements of guitar accompaniments using these techniques. Reading tablature and an introduction to fill-ins and endings will also be included.

Core: PARTIAL GUITAR

Chillin’ with “fills” is one of the most fun aspects of guitar. We will focus on easy two or three string uke type “partials” that enhance backup or melody for any style. This course also introduces some scales segments and patterns that can be played anywhere up the neck for traditional or modern folk songs. Early intermediate level and up can all enjoy this one.

Core: SWING GUITAR

An introduction to jazz guitar starts with basic left hand jazz chords, familiarizing you with well-known standard swing tunes from the Thirties, Forties and early Fifties. You’ll learn tunes by great songwriting composers of the past such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and possibly some early Southwestern swing, made famous by Bob Wills. We’ll also cover basic jazz blues progressions with insights into improvisation.

Jazz guitar requires a chord vocabulary that is different from the basic chords applied to most folk songs. To take this class, you should be familiar with the numerical names of the chords such as I, IV and V7 in basic keys. Bass students can be integrated into the class as well.

Core: HARMONICA

Guitar 4 is a continuation of Guitar 3 working on arpeggios, finger picking, flat picking, bass runs and some theory with an emphasis on making arrangements of guitar accompaniments using these techniques. Reading tablature and an introduction to fill-ins and endings will also be included.

Core: HARMONY SINGING
Get ready to sing your heart out! We will sing all manner of folk songs, plus we will focus on songs of the Southern Appalachian mountains as well as close harmony of early country music. We will start with a strong feel for the main melody, timing, and phrasing, and work from there to find higher and lower harmonies in a supportive and friendly group setting. No need for extensive vocal experience or ability to read music. It is helpful for participants to be able to match basic pitch, which we will practice.
Core: MANDOLIN 1

This course is for the beginning musician. You may have played an instrument or not. We will learn to tune, strum, and play basic chords while you sing. You’ll learn how to hear chords changes so you can learn songs on your owns, and play along with your favorite tunes.

Core: STRING BASS 1
The bass is a welcome instrument in any musical gathering. Even the simplest bass line adds drive and fullness to the sound. It is also one of the easier stringed instruments to learn on a basic level, especially if you already have a background in guitar. In this class you will learn basic technique and how to play along with songs in several keys. The class is intended for upright bass (but call us to discuss if you have an electric bass). Want to learn on upright but don’t have one? Check online – they are available for monthly rental by several music stores in the Atlanta area.
Core: UKULELE, Intermediate: Roaring 20's
The ukulele (Hawaiian for “Jumping Flea”), commonly known as the uke, is one of the most accessible and fun instruments to play. It was popular in the 1920’s and many songs of the period were accompanied by it. The songs of the Roaring Twenties are particularly suited to it as well as the Hawaiian Hapa-Haoli songs (written by American popular songwriters). It sounds great at the beach. The songs are fun to play and ukes sound good together. Tunes such as “Mister Sandman”, “Five Foot Two”,and Hawaiian favorites such as “Lovely Hula Hands” and “Little Grass Shack” are lively and pleasing. It’s a part of Americana that fits in the tradition of what we now call folk music. Students should know basic chords, I, IV and V in C, G, D, A, and E, and a few 7 and minor chords.
Specialty: BLUES BAND
Join the jam session on any instrument! Starting with some old school classics you will learn to accompany and solo with confidence. We will sample various forms of Blues from Mississippi Delta to Chicago R & B. Vocalists are also welcome and participants may offer some favorite pieces to work on.
Specialty: BLUES & JAZZ ENSEMBLE
On day one you will be swinging the blues! We will be playing our way through the history of jazz starting with New Orleans style, to Kansas City R&B, and even a few modern pieces.

Open to all instruments and abilities, rhythm players will increase chord vocabulary and everyone will have a chance to lead the melody or improvise. Experienced instrumentalists are welcome to share their own repertoire, while entry level students will gain understanding of basic jazz theory as they play along.

Specialty: BUSKING IN A GROUP

Want to take your group playing to the next level? In this class we’ll learn and arrange songs to be performed while busking around Decatur.

You’ll need Intermediate or advanced playing skills to participate (see Intro to Playing in a Group if you’ve recently completed Level 1 or 2 in an instrument class). All instruments are welcome, as well as singers without instrument. Be prepared to learn songs deeply so you can play from the heart!

The City of Decatur requires buskers to carry a permit (you can get it free at the Decatur Arts Alliance on Clairemont). Weather permitting, we’ll use one or two class nights to play/busk on the street.

Limited to 8 participants.

Speciality: CLOGGING

Supplies: Please, no taps for this intro class. Comfortable oxford/derby shoes with no tread are best (un-painted leather soles preferred). For the sake of protecting the floor, please avoid black or painted soles, or shoes that otherwise would scuff the floor.

Ages: 10 to 210. (Dancers 7-9 welcome, accompanied by an enrolled adult)

Description: Get ready for an Appalachian dance party! American Clogging has evolved with a standardized language that allows dancers from all parts of the U.S. (and beyond!) to share choreography and participate in common “fun dance” events, led by a caller.

The first clogging teams emerged from square dance competitions at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival (founded in 1930 by Bascom Lamar Lunsford) in Asheville, North Carolina–as a percussive method of executing a square dance ( they were trying to win the competition!). As tourists and other square dancers grew interested in learning Western North Carolina’s exciting and athletic new style of dancing, places like Fontana Village, NC, began to offer lessons and developed names for step sequences to make the style teachable and cue-able—and they introduced clogging line dances (dancing without partners or figures). Our class will mostly focus on these line dance skills and routines. Today, the hoedowns and figure dancing continues, but people also enjoy line dances to all genres of music including country, bluegrass, old time, hip hop, show tunes, and music from various decades.

You will be surprised how much you can pick up! Dance experience (of any kind) is not required. Rhythm and coordination ARE skills that can be practiced and developed. Clogging is a “family” affair—and participants of all ages are encouraged.

Do you count your steps? Imagine clogging to your favorite songs for exercise.

In the class, we will introduce you to clogging “cue sheets” and how to read (or even write!) them—this is our method and language for writing down dances to share with others, which will give you access to volumes of choreography—free and online!

Specialty: FROM LIGHTFOOT TO FOGELBERG

Music evolves; just as the Big Band era evolved into Rock & Roll, the Folk Revival spawned numerous writers and performers who produced the folk music of the ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s. This genre is musically simple to more sophisticated, and lyrically diverse and poetic. We’ll explore what some call “folk-pop” or “folk-rock,” learning songs from Lightfoot, Croce, Paxton, Prine, Denver, Chapin, Cat Stevens, Fogelberg and more. We’ll use fingerstyle picking, strums, and capos to bring out guitar voicing in the key(s) that’s singable AND playable. We’ll also stress memorizing the songs you like best as this is kind-of-a repertoire class. There’s no better way to learn a song than to memorize it.

You’ll feel more at ease in this class if you can handle some finger styles and Guitar Level 3 proficiency but all are welcome; you can catch up. It always helps to jam with those who are a bit farther along than you are.

You’ll need a 6-string and/or 12-string guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, uke, or a fiddle; a capo, a tuner, and a music stand, if you have one. Note reading is not required.

Specialty: IRISH & SCOTTISH DANCE MUSIC
This class will focus on instrumental dance tunes on fiddle, flute, and other instruments. Rhythm and accompaniment will be discussed in passing, but primary focus will be on melody, with phrasing and ornamentation in a traditional Irish style. If you’ve never picked up a fiddle, or any musical instrument, we’d recommend an “intro to fiddle setup and tuning” workshop that we will customize for new students.
Speciality: KEYBOARD
This folk style method for entry level or continuing students will cover both chords and melody. We will concentrate on popular styles such as Rock & Roll, Blues, traditional ballads and contemporary songs. No music reading is required and you’re encouraged to bring a portable keyboard.
Specialty: PLAYING IN A GROUP/ENSEMBLE I
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 instruments (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.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to play and easily make chord 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!

Specialty: ROCK & BLUES for GUITAR Level 2 & Up
If you have taken Guitar 1, and would like to explore 12 bar blues, early 60’s styles, and basic rock and roll – Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles, this class is for you. Students should be comfortable playing, singing, and making chord changes in the keys of E, A, D, and G. Come and have fun playing guitar and remembering your “Rock and Roll” days.
Specialty: STRING BAND ENSEMBLE

In this course students will work together as an ensemble to put together a performance of old-time songs. While past old-time classes have been focused on building repertoire, the emphasis this session will be on developing a solid sense of rhythm, group dynamics, vocal harmony, and showmanship by intensively workshopping a set of old-time songs selected by the students. The term “Old-time” is used loosely here as a wide-ranging genre that encompasses many forms of traditional American music from ballads, spirituals, blues, rags, dance tunes, and early bluegrass.

This course is open to all instruments that can play in the keys of G and D.

Course requirements:

Students of rhythm instruments (guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bass etc.) should be familiar with the following chords: C, G, D, A, and Em. Although we will play pieces at a moderate tempo, students should be able to change between these chords comfortably while maintaining a steady rhythm. Advanced mandolin students may also choose to join the fiddles on the melody.

Students of melody instruments (fiddle, concertina etc.), should be comfortable playing both D and G major scales.

Students of the banjo should be comfortable with three major chords of both the “Open G” tuning and the “Double D” tuning, and should be comfortable with the basic “bum-ditty” clawhammer stroke.

Specialty: THE BEATLES

In this class, you’ll learn some of the many songs from the Beatles catalog, including early “cover songs,” rock songs, and some of their other classics.

Open to all instruments and vocalists. Fretted instrument players should have the ability to change chords easily and add a few chords to your chord vocabulary.

Specialty: TRUCKSTOP CLASSICS
Where do Country folk songs, hot Western Swing, and Rockabilly meet? Right here at the Honky Tonk Truckstop. We will be covering jukebox favorites like Bob Wills’ San Antonio Rose, Patsy Cline’s Walking After Midnight, and Willie Nelson’s Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. Singers and pickers are welcome to bring in material for the group. Instruction is provided for vocal harmonies, solos, and song arrangement. Open to all instruments.
Speciality: WORLD JAM
Join us for a musical journey around the world as we explore various styles of song and dance melodies such as Calypso, French musette, tango, polkas, Gypsy tunes, and some you may suggest from your own heritage!

We will learn pieces together in folk ensemble style, with no notation required.
This course is open to all levels and instruments to enjoy.

Mini-Class: INSTRUMENT CARE & STRING CHANGING
For acoustic guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and bouzoukis

Do you wonder what you could be doing to keep your instrument sounding great and in good shape over time? In this 2-hour (1 hour on 2 Mondays) hands-on class you’ll find out when and how to inspect and maintain your instrument; then you’ll change your own strings, with the help of our in-house luthier, Fritz Rauschenberg.

Some of the topics covered will be:

– Storage
– Cleaning & polishing
– Neck-action & frets
– Body-cracks & finish
– Bridge
– Tuners
– String changing.

During the first meeting, Fritz will discuss what you’ll need to bring for the string changing session the following week: new string set, towel or mat to rest the instrument on, string winder, wire nippers, soft cloth and polish. And small Phillips and straight screwdrivers (optional).

Mini-Class: PRACTICAL MUSIC THEORY - The Basics
Not sure why I, IV and V are the most common chords? Or how they relate to scales? Join us for a 3-night exploration of the basic structure behind songs. You’ll learn about key signatures, chord spelling, sharps and flats, meter, intervals, the relationships between major and minor keys, and how melody and chords work together.

We’ll use a keyboard to hear what we’re talking about, but you’re welcome to bring your own instrument to try what you learn during class.

Note reading is not required.

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