Fall 2017 Class Schedule is here...

Bluegrass Harmony Singing

Learn to sing all the parts!

Get inspired to improve your harmony singing using the style and repertoire of Bluegrass music. You will learn how to find your starting pitch, how to hold down a part while someone next to you is singing a different part than you, and how to blend with others. You will develop a new understanding of the theory that informs Bluegrass Harmony Singing. You will also receive tips on warming up and taking care of your voice.

Mondays
September 11, 25
October 9, 23
7-8pm at the Guitar Associates Classroom Tuition $135 plus tax

Let's Jam

Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming Skills

You will learn to jam in different keys and build confidence leading a song in a jam. We will review the rules of the road that make a jam successful and fun. I'll show you some tricks that will help you learn chord progressions quickly. If you can already pick a little, you'll get lots of opportunities to play breaks. If you like to sing lead or harmony, you'll get lots of opportunities to contribute.

You will learn some new repertoire while playing with others in a supportive musical community.

Mondays
September 18
October 2, 16, 30
7-8pm at the Guitar Associates Classroom Tuition $135 plus tax

Let's Pick

Playing Great Solos

Ever wonder what it takes to play a great solo? Have you ever been in a jam where players seem to create interesting solos on the spot? In this class we will look at the tools that can help you unlock your picking potential. We will examine what makes a great solo and find out what skills we need to develop our own playing. Students will have plenty of opportunities to take solos during this class. Let's pick!

Tuesdays
Sept 12, 26
Oct 10, 24
6:30-7:30pm at the Guitar Associates Classroom Tuition $135 plus tax

Singing for Non Singers

Do you enjoy singing, but your family members don't enjoy listening to you? Does the dog leave the room? Were you told as a child to stop singing and you did? Too many people have these types of horror stories. Sometimes opinions should be kept to themselves.

This remedial and fun class will help get you back on track. We will go over the basics of good singing and help you get your confidence back. I will help you find your voice by

exploring singing in different keys and using various vocal techniques to help your voice and your ear.
Singing is for everyone. Let's get you singing, too.

Tuesdays
Sept 19
Oct 3, 17, 31
10-11am at the Guitar Associates Classroom Tuition $135 plus tax

Special Discounts and Deals

All classes include a 'Roundup' class that functions as a fifth class and a makeup. The Roundup class is scheduled for November 4 at 2pm.

Want to take two classes? Take the second class for $110 plus tax.

Current students are eligible for the $110 discount on all classes.

We had a great jam at Apple Mountain Music Saturday.

Songs and Tunes:

Dark Hollow

Red Wing

Banks of the Ohio

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Bury Me Beneath The Willow

This Land Is Your Land

I’ll Fly Away

White Freightliner

It was great seeing some new faces. Jamming is a fun way to get a lot of chord practice and learn a lot of new songs.

Red Wing has been called many times now, so if you haven’t learned it, get going! Whiskey Before Breakfast is another tune that gives jammers that deer in the headlights look. Get those chord progressions down for next time.

I was really impressed with how much progress people are making. There were some really nice breaks, some fine singing, and solid bass playing. Thank you all for continuing to support this jam at Apple Mountain. See you next month.

Early Bird Bluegrass Slow Jam at Apple Mountain Music

7.15.17

As always, thanks to everyone that showed up to play. We always seem to get the right number for that room. Some really good jam tunes got called today. We jammed on Mountain Dew

My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains

I’ll Fly Away

Cherokee Shuffle

Whiskey Before Breakfast

White Freight Liner

Faded Love

I Am A Pilgrim.

It was a good combination of songs and fiddle tunes. If you want to jam with groups, you gotta make sure you know your chords for fiddle tunes. Cherokee Shuffle and Whiskey Before Breakfast are complex in their chord progressions, so they are good ones to practice. I would consider Blackberry Blossom and Arkansas Traveler to be in the same category.

Next Early Bird Bluegrass Slow Jam will be meeting Second Saturday in August.

The room is booked for the jam 9-10am. I’ll sometimes go a little over if we can get a few more tunes in. We start up pretty much on time.

If you want to join us, you are welcome to.

please contact me with any questions. 

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