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



Musical Improvisation for the Terrified

Kat Bula & Jenna Bean Veatch
Sunday, March 24
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$110 - snacks included!

Here’s your invitation to explore improvisation, in a safe space for playful risk-taking! Explore music ranging from free-form improvisation to structured songs using tools from the music, movement, and theatre worlds. Bring any acoustic instrument and/or your voice. Please pre-register as lunch is provided (vegetarian and gluten-free). For more information about Jenna and Kat visit visit and

Debby Boland Watt's Book Review: The Music Lesson by Victor L. Wooten

Debby Boland Watt
Five (every other) Thursdays, March 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $150

Dusty Strings voice and singing teacher Debby Boland Watt facilitates this new class that's part guided discussion, part inspired exploration. The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music by Victor L. Wooten is the story of a struggling musician who wanted music to be in his life. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a teacher arrived. Wooten's guide moves the young musician on a journey revealing that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life. Through the use of philosophy, spirituality, and Wooten's eccentric genius, the reader delves deep, finding the song that resides within. In this class, students read and discuss Wooten's book then use improvisation as a vehicle to venture into the spirit of music and "human flow," discovering their own "inside-song" along the way. For all levels and all instrumentalists, including voice. Once registered, you'll need to purchase your own copy of the book and come to class prepared to share your insights on the first two chapters.

Play by Ear - Paper Free!

Cathy Fink
Saturday, March 30
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

What key do I sing in? How do I know what chord to play? Where are the notes to this song? You will be amazed at how easy it is to take your eyes off the page and start training your ear to play what you want. You CAN do it. You were BORN with ear training, and Cathy can show you how to make it work for you! For intermediate level players. Students should know at least four chords in the keys of C, D, G, and A. Two-time GRAMMY® winner Cathy Fink teaches banjo online at (with over 10,000 students served!) as well as at

Go Ahead and Take a Solo!

Kat Bula
Five Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Would you like to be able to solo on any tune? Do you usually stick to tunes you know but panic if someone asks you to solo on one you don’t? Start learning how to hear a melody and play it back, improvise in a particular key, and a few techniques to help you take a solo with more confidence! All instruments and levels welcome.

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.