Classes

Classes

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Jim offers classes on these and many other topics to groups of 3 or more.  To set up a class or inquire about a topic not listed here, contact Jim with your questions.

Bandmakers

A workshop where musicians learn what it’s like to be in a band by actually being in a band. Your band will do everything from choosing its name to the songs you’ll be playing and who’s going to do what in each song. It’s also for those with performance experience who want to explore new musical directions in instrumentation, singing, or genre.

Beginning Guitar Workshop

If you think of yourself as a beginning guitarist, this session is for you.  We will cover a wide range of topics including, but not even remotely limited to:  tuning, chords, strumming & picking, how to learn songs, caring for your instrument, and much more.  We’ll also introduce a few of the concepts covered in the Survival Guitar class.  Bring your guitar and let’s make some music!  1st Thursday of each month

Beginners Jan

The best way to learn how to play with others is to do it! Bring your axe, a song to share, and your best ears to this jam of easy songs and tips on how to make them more interesting in terms of both the way you play the music and how to blend elements to make it all sound cool.  3rd Wednesday of each month

Music Theory 1: A Painless Introduction

A VERY basic introduction to music theory and how it actually relates to real sounds from real instruments. If you can count to 8, you’re all set!

Survival Guitar

A method of playing and listening that allows the guitarist to walk into new situations and make great-sounding music even if they aren’t sure of the songs to be played. In more structured situations, it allows the guitarist to discover his or her own style and add more expression and interest to their music.

Lead Guitar For Strummers

Are you ready to own the stage and play some awesome leads but don’t know where to begin? This is the class for you. We’ll discuss what makes a good guitar lead, where they go, how to use them, and how to share. If you understand the concept that a G chord has a G note in it somewhere, you’ve got the skills you need for this class.

Intro To Ensembles

This intensive workshop is for anyone who is new to playing in a band situation, where each member of the group has a different job to do.  Whether you’ve only ever played by yourself or in groups like song circles where everyone is doing a similar thing at the same time, this workshop is for you. Open to all instruments.

Gettin’ Down – Bass Basics

Why should melody players have all the fun? This class will look at the universe of groove and discuss ways to look beyond hiding in the corner and going thump-thump-thump. We’ll also talk about playing more than just roots and maybe even find some melodies of our own.  There will be a drummer present to help us make some grooves, and also to discuss playing as part of a rhythm section.

Improv 101

Whether you’re adding spice to a band or a jam or just making your own music, improvising isn’t as hard as you think. This class will give you some tips on how and where to improvise, along with some exercises to use at home. You should at least be able to play notes cleanly on your instrument to get the most out of this class.

Chords Unbound

This class will help you reach beyond basic chord shapes to discover hidden magic that’s right under your fingers and create music that sounds more interesting using skills you already have. This class will address and explain some basic music theory. Students should know a few basic chord shapes and be able to count to 9.

Basic Blues Guitar

Everybody loves the blues. But how do they work? What makes some music bluesy? Come and find out! We’ll discuss blues scales, chord progressions, how to play an interesting blues solo, bringing the blues into other styles, and much more.

You should know a few chords and be able to learn new (simple) shapes without too much difficulty. It will also help if you can strum patterns beyond that basic “4 strums per measure.”

Intro To Fingerstyle Guitar

This session will talk about fingerstyle guitar–how it works, how it can be used, and the principles that make it sound so cool. We’ll also talk about how to apply similar principles to flatpicking. If you are ready to explore the world beyond just strumming chords, this session will give you a lot to chew on ?

Open to all, but it will help if you know at least 3-4 basic chords and can transition between them smoothly. Reading music is not required. Knowing at least one scale pattern with be a big help, but is also not required.