Friday, April 11, 2008

New Group Classes Starting!

We have had many, many requests for new beginning jam classes. I am very happy to announce that they are finally starting. The two new classes are Beginning Jamming and Kids Jamming. Look below for more information and starting times:


Beginning Jamming - This is an instructional jam that covers everything that you will need to know to learn to play with others. You will learn jamming etiquette, very basic music theory including the Nashville Number system, how to tell what chords a song might have, hearing chord changes, using a capo, singing lead and harmony, how to play backup, how to go from backup to lead, what common terms like "kickoff," "turn-aound" and "tag" mean, order of songs, common differences in songs, and more! Participants will get materials, including CDs, chord charts, lyrics, and tab or notation, to help them with the songs that we will study. The songs that we study will be dependant upon what the participants choose, so you will have a voice in this! (Everyone will pick one song.)

This class will meet every other Monday starting April 28. It goes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the cost is $10.00 per session, payable at each session.

To participate, all you have to know is a G, C and D chord on your instrument. This is a BEGINNER's class. Instruments that may participate in the jam include fiddle, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, upright bass, mandolin, and dobro.


Kids Jamming - This class is open to kids 16 and under who want to participate. Participants need to know G, C and D chords on their instrument. Please do not send your child to this class if they don't want to come, or if your child is not able to follow instructions in a group setting for one hour. We will cover all topics that are listed in the Beginning Jamming class (see description above). Some students will have the opportunity to learn how to play the upright bass during this class.

This class will meet every other Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting April 15th. The cost is $10.00 per session, payable at each session. Our public jam session meets immediately following this class and is free and open to all ages and levels.


To participate in either of these classes, please just show up on the first day of the session. If you have questions, feel free to call the shop at 618-475-3678 and ask for Chris. You can also send me an e-mail.

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