Summer Classes 2018
Small classes in a beautiful studio.
Complimentary snacks and drinks served.
2018 Summer Classes
Blue Mondays Jam Class NEW!
Chicago Blues of Muddy Waters
This coursework covers ensemble playing of Blues tunes in the Chicago Blues tradition. The music will be presented as a folk music tradition, not a platform for “shredding”. It is designed to use fundamental knowledge of your instrument leveraged in a group playing environment with multiple instrumentation including guitar, harmonica, bass, drums, keyboards etc. The course will emphasize an immersion in sounds and ear training rather than rigorous study of music theory as is consistent with the blues tradition. Guest artists will attend to fill the rhythm section (bass and drums) providing an ensemble setting. The coursework will cover many aspects of playing blues tunes including: History, Blues Feel, Song Form, Chord Voicings, Chord Progressions, Building Repertoire, Beginnings, Endings and Turnarounds, The role on different instruments in the ensemble, Rhythm accompaniment, and Melodic Phrasing and Improvised Soloing.
As a foundation the coursework will be geared towards acoustic instruments (volume levels will be maintained accordingly). Electric instruments will be provided and made available in the later sessions for anyone who desires to experiment.
4 week session dates: (Class size limit 6)
Monday 6/4-6/25 6:30-8pm $80 (Intro class)
3 spots left!
Monday 7/16-8/6 6:30-8pm $80 (Intro and more class)
(You can join this class as an intro level. We will just continue more in depth into the blues.)
Register for both sessions and get $20 off!
Learn to Jam! Class
Do you ever wish you could jam with people with more confidence and fun?
Wanna take a solo or sing confidently in a jam?
This class is for you!
I'll show you how to start playing with confidence no matter how shy or inexperienced you are.
(It's not as hard as it seems, you just need a great environment to begin.)
This class will go through all aspects of playing music with others. We'll tackle counting off in tempo, dynamics (i.e., backing off volume or taking leads), vocal tips and exercises. soloing to rhythm blending and leading a song and how to end the song.
It's a GREAT class to take in the summer as we live in a town full of jams and summer is ripe with 'em!
A very fun and relaxing class.
3 week session
Wednesdays 6/6-6/27 7-8pm $60 FULLY BOOKED!!
Wednesdays 7/11-7/25 7-8pm $60 3 spots left!
Beginner Banjo Clawhammer Pickin' Style
Did you know that clawhammer banjo has rolls and solo techniques? Most people don't.
They think it's just "Frialing"-where you simple strum with your thumb.
I'll show you how I play true Southern style with rolls you never seen that are quick to pick up and will have you sounding like you've been playing for a while! This 4 week course will give you a chance to just try the banjo. It's gonna be so fun!
4 week Session dates: (Class limit 6)
Tuesdays June 4th-25th 6-7pm $80 5 spots left!
By the end of this 4 week session, you'll be playing the ukulele with style and confidence!
We will go over easy strumming patterns, scale patterns and chords while teaching you how to sing and play your favorite tunes. It's a fun, easy class that's perfect for summer
Short, sweet, and neat!
4 week session (class size limit 6)
Wednesdays 6/6-6/27 6-7pm $80 5 spots left!
Songwriting Class NEW!
Ever wanted to write a song but not sure where to start? Are you new to songwriting, and looking for honest feedback and direction? Or do you have some experience writing, but you are looking for ways to improve your craft? This class is for you. We will meet once a week for 4 weeks in a small group (6 or less) and study all areas of crafting original music, from muse, to melody, to message. We will discuss writing melody, formulating interesting lyrics, chord progressions, bridges, the dreaded "second verse hell", and harmonies. We can try out a few songwriting exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Each participant will write a song (maybe more than one) and we will collaborate to help each song reach its potential.
Songwriting: Finding Inspiration and Your Voice
Thursdays April 19- May 10 6:30 -8:30pm (4 weeks $90)
Mondays June 4- June 25 3:30-5:30 pm (4 weeks $90)
5 spots left!!
Songwriters' Crash Course
Saturday, June 9th
Saturday 10am - 4 pm with break for lunch $60, lunch included
Our regular songwriting course sized down into one marathon day session.