String Band Class

WINTER 2018 SESSION: January 23 – March 20 (no meeting on February 13)

If you’ve been playing old-time music on fiddle, clawhammer banjo, or guitar for a while and are ready to meet and play with other people, then this class is for you! We meet for 8 weeks and learn 6 traditional tunes and songs. We start each lesson in a large group and the instructors play the tune we will work on that evening. Then, we slow it down and all sing the melody together to learn it by ear. We separate into different classrooms for group lessons on each instrument. Finally, we come back together and play the tune all together. On the fourth meeting we work specifically on playing in small band configurations and sometimes we have a square dance or work on harmony singing. For the final class meeting, we’ll meet early at 6:30pm, for a big potluck dinner, visiting, and finally, when we are stuffed and happy, we’ll play all the tunes we have learned during the session. In addition to the class meetings, enrolled students will receive access to source recordings and demonstration videos for each of the tunes we teach.

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30pm

1/23, 1/30, 2/6, (no class 2/13), 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 (final class potluck on 3/20 starts at 6:30)

Pacific Crest Community School, 116 NE 29th St at Davis, Portland, OR

Instructors are Sophie Enloe – fiddle, Maggie Lind – clawhammer banjo, and Patrick Lind – guitar. Previous experience on your instrument is required. If you are playing in the fiddle or banjo sections, you should be fairly comfortable picking out melody notes by ear but we are working on developing this skill as well. Guitarists should be familiar with the following open position chords: A, C, D, E, F, G and able to play the bass note/after strum or “boom chuck” technique.

Cost for the 8 week session is sliding scale $145 – $120 per student. Pay what you can afford and email maggiebanjo @ gmail dot com if you are interested in bartering.


You may pay with cash or check at the first class meeting or pay via credit card or PayPal below. First please make sure to fill out the *REGISTRATION FORM* above.

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