Multi Instrument Classes

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Cathy Madden
Saturday, December 2
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

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.

Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band

Sarah Comer
Four Thursdays, January 4, 18, February 1, 15
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

If you're looking to play old-time music for dances, start here! Learn how to choose tunes, create medleys, communicate with the caller, and keep solid rhythm at dance tempo. For intermediate fiddle, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, banjo, flute, and whistle players. You should be able to learn tunes on your own from recordings and sheet music (provided). All your challenging work will pay off when you're playing for your friends and family at the end-of-season dance (date TBA). Drop-ins welcome!

Irish Music Ensemble

Susan "Tudy" McLain
Meets every other Thursday (drop-in only, each class $30): January 4, 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

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 greensleevesharp@aol.com.

 

 

Seattle Collaborative Contra Band

Sarah Comer
Four Thursdays, January 11, 25, February 8, 22
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

Contra band musicians, gather and work out harmonies, chord lines, and arrangements for a BIG dance band! Best suited for those who've taken the Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band class or have played in other dance bands. (You should 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 (date TBA).

Aiki Principals for Musicians

Daniel Kahane & Sara Snell
Sunday, February 25
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$40

Join Daniel Kahane for a lighthearted introduction to the blending of the sister arts of music and aikido. Morihei Ueshiba - O'Sensei (1885-1969) was the founder of the modern martial art of aikido, often referred to as “The Art of Peace,” and by definition an art of harmony and listening. In this unique class to Dusty Strings, start by learning simple warm-ups and breathing exercises designed to nurture core strength and mental clarity. Gain practical knowledge of the principals of center, ground, and breath as you develop the “dimensionality” of your musicianship and playing. Improve tone quality and strength on any instrument, as well as confidence, timing, and the ability to listen and play with other musicians. Plus, Dan will demonstrate a few safe, non-violent aikido techniques! Dan is assisted by Sara Snell Sensei, Youth Program Director of Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle. All ages welcome. Bring your instrument(s)!

Introduction to Bluegrass Jamming

Rob Bulkley
Five Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn to play and sing bluegrass music with others in this lively and encouraging jam class. 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 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. Please 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.

Introduction to Bluegrass Jamming

Rob Bulkley
Five Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn to play and sing bluegrass music with others in this lively and encouraging jam class. 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 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. Please 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." (Note: enrollment in the March class is not a prerequisite for enrollment in this class.) For more information, head over to rjbjams.weebly.com.