Winter Weekend Classes

This will be a multi-level repertoire class. As first time players learn basic tuning and playing skills, more advanced players will develop arrangements of a traditional Appalachian mountain song, a lively dance tune, and a poignant Irish instrumental. All levels.

This will be a multi-level repertoire class. As first time players learn basic tuning and playing skills, more advanced players will develop arrangements of a traditional Appalachian mountain song, a lively dance tune, and a poignant Irish instrumental. All levels.

  • Banjo for Guitar Pickers
  • Bennett Hammond
  • Gymnasium Lounge, 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Play some fingerstyle guitar? Come learn Bennett’s Rockafolky banjo technique, an easy two finger, thumb driven, picking style.
All levels.

  • Banjo for Guitar Pickers II
  • Bennett Hammond
  • Gymnasium Lounge, 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Play some fingerstyle guitar? Come learn Bennett’s Rockafolky banjo technique, an easy two finger, thumb driven, picking style.
All levels

  • Dissecting the Doublestops
  • Ben Pearce
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Understanding doublestops in terms of scales as well as partial chords, how to effectively use doublestops in both lead and backup playing. This approach helps underscore the harmonic underpinnings of commonly used doublestops and their place in the chords over which they are played. Int

Bring your voices and instruments. Let’s make a joyful noise together, and learn some fine music at the same time. All levels.

  • Know Thy Mandolin
  • Ben Pearce
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The construction and constituent parts of the mandolin, how each contributes to the functionality of the mandolin as a whole, as well as setup tweaks that you can do yourself to improve playability. This class looks at how to take care of your instrument as well as how to identify when things are amiss. All levels

  • Learning the Numbers: I, IV, V
  • Ben Pearce
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

A look the most common bluegrass and folk progressions and the mandolin as a great medium for playing rhythm along with them, and we’ll unlock a fundamental secret to navigating the mandolin fingerboard. beg/int

  • Mountain Dulcimer Songs in Minor Tunings
  • Sally Rogers
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Some of the loveliest Appalachian music finds its dulcimer voice in minor tunings. Bring your dulcimer and savor this sound. All levels

  • Old Time Banjo - Discover Standard C
  • Lorraine Hammond
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Nope - it's not double C. Sometimes called “Pete Seeger C”, this tuning is my fall-back choice for song accompaniment. Come learn the basics, and then we’ll follow up with a few good songs and tunes. Adv. Beg/ Int.

  • Performance - Taming the Microphone
  • John Doerschuk
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

John Doershuk, soundman extraordinaire, will coach three sessions for folks who want hands on performance experience at the microphone. All levels

  • Performance-Taming the Microphone II
  • John Doerschuk
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

John Doershuk, soundman extraordinaire, will coach three sessions for folks who want hands on performance experience at the microphone. All levels

  • Performance-Taming the Microphone III
  • John Doerschuk
  • TBD, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

John Doershuk, soundman extraordinaire, will coach three sessions for folks who want hands on performance experience at the microphone. All levels

In 2012, Cliff wrote original music for -- and performed it in -- the Folger Shakespeare Theatre’s production of the Taming of the Shrew, which won him a Helen Hayes Award. Enjoy songs and stories from that experience

In this class we will explore how to arrange songs to prepare them for performance and/or recording. Please bring at least two printed copies of your songs with chords if possible. We’ll use as many as time allows.

  • Songs for One, Two, Three and More: The Joy of Singing Together
  • Sally Rogers
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

There is nothing like getting a group of people together to sing in one big voice. Sally will lead familiar songs as well as rounds, partner songs and songs from around the world. Be part of the fun! All Levels

Join Bennett for a diagnostic and therapeutic guitar coaching session.
All levels.

  • Warming Up So You Don't Wear Out!
  • Sally Rogers
  • TBD, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Learn useful warm-up techniques, breathing exercises and easily accessible repertoire to keep you singing smoothly and cheerfully. All levels

This class will begin with a brief history of melodic writing and then show, through new chord and vocal arrangements, how your melodies will be much more accessible. Please bring songs you haven’t finished or recorded yet.