• Classes

  • Week One 2022

This class will give you a template from which to build, even if you don’t play an instrument, have never written a song, but you have the will to try. It’s amazing what we all hold inside of ourselves, sometimes feeling like you know nothing is the best place to start.

Have you have written songs successfully before – but you want to do it better, with more understanding, more often? This class will give you a different slant on breaking out of the box you may find yourself in. Learn how to find inspiration, and how to apply it. If phrases like “the sense of…

Advancing Beginner Guitar is for players who know their basic guitar chords and not much else. We’ll get up the neck a bit, try out some tunings, fool around with rhythm and fingerpicking basics, and learn some shortcuts and cheap tricks. Bring a capo and a favorite song or tune.

Play-party songs, dance tunes, ballads, and the mountain blues. Come have fun discovering the unique voice and rich musical possibilities of this traditional American instrument. We’ll play some by ear and some from tablature. Beginners welcome, lapsed players encouraged, experienced players challenged!

Playing familiar songs right from the start, we will learn the basic tools for song accompaniment and playing with others. We’ll cover the basic chords, learn which chords commonly go together, and practice changing chords in rhythm. Basic strumming styles will be taught, with an emphasis on bass/alternate or “boom-chuck” strumming with a flat pick….

Fiddling is an exciting journey! Using simple and fun tunes from old-time, Cajun, and other traditional genres, we will build the layers, from finding good basic melodies to adding chords, variations, and rhythm.  We will explore helpful technique, including bowing, fingering, posture, and tone. This class will meet you where you are, whether absolute beginner,…

Whether you want to sing opera, pop, gospel, musical theater, blues, or traditional folk, your instruments are your voice, your body, your intelligence, and your soul. Learn vocal technique through vocal exercise and breath management. Learn how to use breath energy to produce a free and effortless tone. Charles will share the tips and techniques…

Many people are familiar with bluegrass fingerpicking, but the ancestors of this popular style dwell in Oldtime music. Learn different rolls, patterns, and songs with Hubby as we delve into various fingerpicking traditions. You will leave knowing the different styles and techniques that make them unique.

Since the dawn of man, the rhythm bones have passed from hand to hand through generations to become one of the most widely played instruments in the world. After many travels the bones made their way to America and became an integral part of American popular music. Come learn a bit more about the history…

Singing together brings joy, calming the nervous system, releasing oxytocin and generating feelings of trust and empathy. In this workshop participants will enjoy the sensations of sharing their voices together as Saro teaches work songs, hymns, rounds, hollers and more from a variety of American and North Atlantic Island traditions. Get ready to learn everything…

Filling in the Cracks is for any guitar players who do OK but want to spiff it up, for old folkies needing to lose bad habits, for more experienced players looking for a technical boost, or for any who have nothing else to do that period. We’ll get you to play just like yourself, only…

Understanding swing/jazz accompaniment can serve you well, whether you’re backing yourself or another vocalist, writing songs in this genre, or trying to build a methodology for playing swing/jazz standards as guitar solos. Be ready to learn some new chord shapes and begin to see how they apply to many of your swing and jazz favorites!…

When the patriarchs of this guitar style, Doc Watson and Clarence White, began playing fiddle tunes on the guitar, they were emulating (duh…) FIDDLERS! We may do a bit of the same, listening to some fiddle versions and discussing how to transfer them to guitar, as well as discussing flatpick technique and exploring some transcribed…

In this class we will start with some basics and learn how easy it is to make some great music on the mandolin “right out of the gate”. We will play some easy songs for chord strumming and melodies that get you humming.

In this class we will use two string “shapes” (world famous slants & reaches) to give variety to our playing and make the fingerboard less of a “maze”. We will learn a few great old time tunes and explore ways to arrange and back up songs along the way.

In this class we will learn great tunes and techniques including advanced, old-time bowing with pulses and a variety of bow rocks. Often ornaments in southern fiddling are achieved with the bow-hand but some noting-hand ornaments will be covered for good measure. We’ll talk about the “rhythmic skeleton” of the tune, how cool bowing accents…

Sing like a bird, prepare for your best shows, and fly free of stage fright! The many tips and tools of performance from heart to stage.

Ballads are story-songs brought over to the American colonies by European immigrants during the 17th-19th centuries, with the tradition continuing up to the present day through the creation of new songs in similar styles. In this workshop, Saro will teach a variety of ballads from southern Appalachian traditions, from medieval songs about faeries and seers to…

Muddy Waters did it. Robert Johnson did it. Elmore James did it. I’m talking about SLIDE GUITAR. Together we can learn – The touch. – The sound. – The best finger to put your metal, ceramic, or glass bottleneck slide onto. We’ll work our way through songs like “The Walking Blues”, “12 Gates To The…

It’s all about the little things! Sometimes you start with a lyrical notion or hook and then add music, or you have a nice guitar pattern that you like the sound of and then the lyrics begin to present themselves. It’s not a solo guitar lead or fancy exotic chord, but often a simple but…

Uncover the heart and bare bones of songwriting. We’ll explore the various approaches of writing a song, from a working title to the mystery of The Muse and everything in between.

We will learn real-world sound skills and wander through some “big picture” theory without getting too technical. Much of what makes good sound is really basic: beat back hums and buzzes, set up your stage well, monitor levels in the right places, have good communication with the stage. Class tips and hands-on experience will come…

Come to sing, and to tell, and hear, stories that have to do with any kind of music, or perhaps no music at all. And come learn how to use stories well when you introduce your own songs to an audience.

In this old-time ensemble class, Erynn will play several of her favorite southern fiddle and banjo tunes at slow and faster tempos. All instruments are welcome. We will form an all-star stringband – having fun playing tunes from West Virginia, Round Peak, Mississippi and everything in-between. It will be like a jam with tips on…