Multi Instrument Classes

Irish Music Ensemble

Susan "Tudy" McLain
Meets every other Thursday (drop-in only, each class $30): April 12, 26, May 10
6:30 PM - 7:30 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.

Understanding Classical Music: Joseph Haydn

Stuart Esson
Saturday, April 7
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Free

Known as "the father of the string quartet, the symphony, and the sonata-allegro form," Joseph Haydn rose from a Dickensian childhood to become one of Europe's most celebrated composers, rewarded by princes and royalty. Expelled from school at seventeen and forced into poverty and homelessness, Haydn's initiative and talent drove him to success, becoming a close friend of Mozart's and teacher of the young Beethoven. The first in a three-part series that explores the personalities, culture, and achievements of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven taught by Stuart Esson, author of Understanding the Tin Whistle (Mel Bay). The fascinating historical context, eccentricities, and their influence on one another brings these composers to life. You'll never hear their music the same way again!

 

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.

Understanding Classical Music: Mozart

Stuart Esson
Saturday, April 14
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Free

Child prodigy Wolfang Amadeus Mozart was born to a talented and famous family. His virtuosity as both a pianist and violinist was marred, however, by a tumultuous private life. As a young man, he clashed with the Archbishop's orchestra and contended with his controlling, domineering father. Struggling as a young freelance musician in Vienna, his unlucky fortunes and foolish decisions led to his untimely end. The second in a three-part series that explores the personalities, culture, and achievements of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven taught by Stuart Esson, author of Understanding the Tin Whistle (Mel Bay). The fascinating historical context, eccentricities, and their influence on one another brings these composers to life. You'll never hear their music the same way again!

 

 

Understanding Classical Music: Beethoven

Stuart Esson
Saturday, April 21
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Free

Stubborn and rebellious, pianist composer Ludwig van Beethoven openly laughed at his audiences after provoking them to tears with beautiful music. Overcoming a tumultuous childhood with a drunken father, Beethoven's far-reaching influence and relevance today is a story of facing down internal demons and subsequent madness into ultimate recovery. His true courage confronting his encroaching deafness and turning it into influence on his composing is the topic of the third and final part of this three-part series. See how a failed opera suddenly turns him into a star attraction (thanks to Napolean Bonaparte), and learn the true identity of his "immortal beloved." This series, taught by Stuart Esson, author of Understanding the Tin Whistle (Mel Bay), explores the personalities, culture, and achievements of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The fascinating historical context, eccentricities, and their influence on one another brings these composers to life. You'll never hear their music the same way again!

 

 

Living Room Ensemble

Wes Weddell
Five Mondays, April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
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. You'll want to have familiarity with the chords A, C, D, G, and F in this weekly class where all instruments, songs, and styles are welcome! (Drop-ins welcome.) For more information, visit wesweddell.com.