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Core: BANJO 1
Core: BANJO 2
Core: RHYTHM BANJO
Core: GUITAR, EZ Licks n Tricks
This course introduces some famous licks and patterns for rock, country, blues, or swing. Starting with some well known songs, you can follow in the fingertips of iconic guitarists such as Chuck Berry and Duane Allman.
Early intermediate level and up can all enjoy this one.
Core: GUITAR, Fingerstyle Repertoire
We’ll build your repertoire using your current picking patterns and include, where fitting, instrumental intros to feature your fingerstyles. We’ll also play in more keys to get your right hand accustomed to moving across different strings, and add an occasional bass run.
This class is primarily intended to increase your fingerstyle confidence and your ability to choose and use fingerstyle patterns in new songs and different keys.
Core: GUITAR, Rock & Blues
Core: GUITAR, Swing
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: GUITAR, Traditional Bluegrass
Starting with developing a strong back beat and powerful tone, in this class, you’ll learn the secrets of providing solid rhythm guitar for old time fiddle tunes, bluegrass ballads, and uptempo banjo breakdowns. As long as you know the basic open chords, you’re ready to go. We will also study classic bass runs from Maybelle Carter to Lester Flatt as well as a few hot licks in the style of flat pickers such as Doc Watson and Norman Blake.
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: 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: STRING BASS
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.
Core: UKULELE, Roaring '20s
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: BLUEGRASS JAM
Time for some festival style Bluegrass open to any levels for guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and bass! We’ll learn a song every week together and then split up into smaller groups for jamming and some individual instruction on our instruments. Some concepts covered will include harmony vocals, simple solos & fill licks, and rhythm strokes for accompaniment.
Specialty: BLUES BAND
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: GROUP JAM
Different instrument voicing, vocal harmonies and creative ornamentation bring familiar tunes to life. You’ll enjoy this class whether you’d like to develop a set of performance-ready songs or just enjoy playing in a mixed group and deepening your understanding of what makes a song interesting.
Speciality: PERFORMANCE FOR DUOS AND TRIOS
Did you ever want to play for an “Open Mic Night,” play a few songs for your friends and family, or maybe entertain at a Retirement Home? This class will get you started.
We’ll cover song selection, and explore the easiest ways to take your tunes up a notch while polishing for performance.
You’ll have a chance, if you like, to perform outside the school during the term.
If you don’t already have a playing partner or two, we’ll connect you during class.
Limited to 9 students.
Specialty: ROCK & BLUES for GUITAR Level 2 & Up
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
Specialty: WORLD JAM
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: STRINGED INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE
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:
– Cleaning & polishing
– Neck-action & frets
– Body-cracks & finish
– 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
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.