Multi Instrument Classes

Living Room Ensemble

Wes Weddell
Four Mondays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

You’ve heard it time and again: nothing builds chops like playing with other people. But where can you find that comfortable, forgiving jam for beginners to first get your feet wet? Right here! We’ll learn the dynamics and etiquette of group-playing and the song-circle format and highlight tips for integrating your instrument into an ensemble setting. You'll want to have familiarity with the chords A, C, D, G, and F in this weekly class where all instruments are welcome!

Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band

Sarah Comer
Classes held 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you want to play old time music for dancers but don't know where to start, this class is for you! Join the Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band where and learn the nuts and bolts of dance playing; how to choose tunes for a medley and match them to the dances; communicate with the caller; and keep solid rhythm at dance tempo. Best suited for intermediate players, you'll want to be able to learn tunes on your own from provided recordings and sheet music. Although fiddle often takes the lead in old time dance bands, acoustic melody and backup instruments that you'd find in contra dance band are all welcome! All your hard work will pay off when you're playing for your friends and family at the spring dance (date TBA)! NOTE: This class meets every other week on 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13. Drop-ins welcome!

Irish Music Ensemble

Susan McLain
Four Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Experience the rhythm and melody of traditional Irish session music with Susan "Tudy" McLain! In this multi-instrument weekly class, you'll have fun learning simple dance tunes such as "The Kesh Jig" and "The Butterfly," as well as taking part in the culture and traditions that keep this music alive. Welcoming to beginners and experts alike, this weekly slow session is not just for harpists and pennywhistle players--but for any player who wants to raise a glass to the spirit of Irish music! Buy this class online and save $20!

Brazilian Guitar with Duo Violão Brasil

Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber
Sunday, March 5
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

If you're a fan of choro music, you don't want to miss this rare opportunity to participate in a class with two of Brazil's hottest guitar players. Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber, who together form Duo Violão Brasil, bring you along as they expand the musical possibilities of 20th century Brazilian popular music while showcasing original works and inventive arrangements. Ami Molinelli, ace percussionist from the Bay Area, will also teach pandeiro as part of the choro ensemble. All levels and instruments welcome. For more info, visit duoviolaobrasil.com.

Introduction to Bluegrass Jamming

Rob Bulkley
Eight Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
8 weeks, $160

Learn to play and sing bluegrass music with others in this lively and encouraging jam class. You'll discover the roles of the instruments, jam etiquette, how to find the "groove," sing basic harmony, keep from getting lost, fake solos, and even how to lead songs! This weekly class is paced to build your confidence, whether you play guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, or bass. You'll need to know the G, C, D, E and A chords, and you'll want to bring your picks, capo, and recording device. As one student put it, this class was "amazing! Rob created a comfortable environment where it was okay to make mistakes." For more information, head over to rjbjams.weebly.com.

Seattle Collaborative Contra Band

Sarah Comer
Classes held 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

This new class is a place for contra dance musicians to gather and work out harmonies, varied chord lines, and fun arrangements for a BIG dance band! Best suited for those who have taken the Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band class, or have played in other dance bands long enough to know a jig-to-reel change from a crooked square set. All your hard work will lead to some great dancing at the end-of-season dance in May (date TBA). NOTE: This class meets every other week on 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20. Drop-ins welcome!

Irish Music Ensemble

Susan "Tudy" McLain
Four Thursdays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Experience the rhythm and melody of traditional Irish session music with Susan "Tudy" McLain! In this multi-instrument weekly class, you'll have fun learning simple dance tunes such as "The Kesh Jig" and "The Butterfly," as well as taking part in the culture and traditions that keep this music alive. Welcoming to beginners and experts alike, this weekly slow session is not just for harpists and pennywhistle players--but for any player who wants to raise a glass to the spirit of Irish music! Buy this class online and save $20!

Living Room Ensemble

Wes Weddell
Four Mondays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

You’ve heard it time and again: nothing builds chops like playing with other people. But where can you find that comfortable, forgiving jam for beginners to first get your feet wet? Right here! Learn the dynamics and etiquette of group-playing and the song-circle format along with tips for integrating your instrument into an ensemble setting. You'll want to have familiarity with the chords A, C, D, G, and F in this weekly class where all instruments are welcome! For more information about Wes Weddell, visit wesweddell.com.

Songs of Freedom and Protest (Noon)

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

You've heard of Dylan, Seeger, Baez, and Guthrie, but there are many more! Learn traditional American protest songs from the 1950's to the present day. Ukuleles and other strummed instruments welcome. You should be able to play chords in the keys of C, G, and D.