Multi Instrument Classes

Seattle Collaborative Contra Band

Sarah Comer
Three Thursdays, September 7, 21, October 5
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
3 weeks, $75

This new class is for contra dance musicians to gather and work out harmonies, chord lines, and 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. (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).

Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band

Sarah Comer
Three Thursdays, September 14, 28, October 12
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
3 weeks, $75

For intermediate players of all instruments found in contra dance bands (fiddle, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, banjo, wooden flute, etc.) If you've ever wanted to play for dancers but don't know how to get started, start here! Learn how to choose tunes, create medleys, communicate with the caller, and keep solid rhythm at dance tempo. You should be able to learn tunes on your own from recordings and sheet music (provided). All your work will pay off when you're playing for your friends and family with the rest of the band at the end of season dance (date TBA). Drop-ins welcome! Note from teacher: If you'd like a sneak peek at the fall quarter tune list, email Sarah at fiddleteacher@hotmail.com after registering.

Introduction to Bluegrass Jamming

Rob Bulkley
Eight Thursdays, September 21, 28, (skip October 5), 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
8 weeks, $200

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.

Seattle Collaborative Contra Band

Sarah Comer
Three Thursdays, October 19, November 2, 16
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
3 weeks, $75

This new class is for contra dance musicians to gather and work out harmonies, chord lines, and 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. (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).

Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band

Sarah Comer
Three Thursdays, October 26, November 9, 30 (skip Thanksgiving)
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
3 weeks, $75

For intermediate players of all instruments found in contra dance bands (fiddle, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, banjo, wooden flute, etc.) If you've ever wanted to play for dancers but don't know how to get started, start here! Learn how to choose tunes, create medleys, communicate with the caller, and keep solid rhythm at dance tempo. You should be able to learn tunes on your own from recordings and sheet music (provided). All your work will pay off when you're playing for your friends and family with the rest of the band at the end of season dance (date TBA). Drop-ins welcome! Note from teacher: If you'd like a sneak peek at the fall quarter tune list, email Sarah at fiddleteacher@hotmail.com after registering.

Living Room Ensemble

Wes Weddell
Four Mondays, November 13, 20, 27, December 4
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

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, visit wesweddell.com.