Multi Instrument Classes

Irish Music Ensemble

Susan "Tudy" McLain
Meets every other Thursday (call to check)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
$30 (drop-in only; to register, please call our store at (206) 634-1662, thank you!)

Experience the rhythm and melody of traditional Irish session music! Drop-in to this multi-instrument class, held every other Thursday, and participate in a slow session while learning simple dance tunes like "The Kesh Jig" and "The Butterfly." Welcoming to beginners and experts alike, this class is not just for harpists and pennywhistle players, but for any player who wants to raise a glass to the spirit of Irish music. Afterwards, each week, walk up the street to Shawn O'Donnell's Pub to participate in an Irish session! For questions or more information, contact Tudy McLain at



Living Room Ensemble

Wes Weddell
Five Mondays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

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. All instruments, songs, and styles encouraged! Please be familiar with the chords A, C, D, G, and F. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, visit

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Cathy Madden
Saturday, April 27
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Many performers initially seek out the Alexander Technique either because something they are doing is causing harm to their system--they are in some sort of discomfort or pain--or because they find themselves "stuck" technically in the craft of their art. The Alexander Technique is a great tool for addressing these issues, whether you’re a musician, singer, actor, dancer, speaker, or simply curious! Once these issues are addressed, the Alexander Technique opens up a world that A.R. Alexander alluded to in his quote: "The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity, and adaptability to change." Start rediscovering your coordination in this special class at Dusty Strings. Cathy Madden is Principal Lecturer of the UW School of Drama where she teaches Alexander Technique to students of all levels and abilities, and is the author of Integrative Alexander Practice for Performing Artists: Onstage Synergy.