String Band Class

Winter 2023 Registration Open Now!

January 24 – March 14

Looking ahead: Spring session will be April 18 – June 6

IN-PERSON

We are back in person! Maggie Lind, Patrick Lind, and Sophie Enloe have offered the Portland String Band Class to old-time instrumentalists since 2007. Hundreds of people have found community and friendship and we’ve learned quite a few tunes along the way. You will receive class instruction, source music, instructional videos, and one on one pointers in the lessons. Feel free to invite friends from far and wide to “audit” the class and learn the same tunes as you! Scroll down for all the details. We have full and partial scholarships available.

“I love String Band Class!  I really like the energy of the class in general and what each of you guys bring to it.  Our community is greatly enhanced by the contributions of the three of you… I also think the tune you guys worked out for last night sounded better than the source tune!”

T.K.

“String Band Class, has opened an entire new world for me… not only musically and with square dancing, but socially (jams, festivals, workshops, etc.) as well. And for that, I’m forever grateful to you.” .

D.R.

“Thank you for another String Band series. We appreciate your hard work and many skills you bring to every class. It makes us happy to be a small part of this community of music makers.”

D.C.

Class Description

If you’ve been playing old-time music on fiddle, clawhammer banjo, or guitar for a while and are ready to build your repertoire while meeting and playing 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 reviewing the first three tunes and harmony singing. For the final class meeting, we will meet early for a big community dinner (covid permitting) and will 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.

Covid Policy

We ask that you show proof of vaccination at the first class meeting and that you are current on your boosters to attend class. We will not require masking, but it is encouraged and welcomed if you feel compromised in any way. Should someone in class have a positive test within three days of class meeting we will notify everyone. We will follow CDC guidelines and will require masking or pivot to Zoom classes should we be required to do so.

When

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30pm

Dates

1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14

Where

IN-PERSON: Pacific Crest Community School 116 NE 29th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232.

Who

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

Cost

The cost for the 8-week session (In-person, Zoom, or On-demand) is a sliding scale $200 – $130 per student. Pay what you can afford and email maggiebanjo@gmail.com if you have financial need. We offer scholarships and we want our classes to be accessible to all. If you would like to contribute a little extra money to support students that can’t pay full price, please let us know or simply add it to your registration fee with a note. Thank you!

Audit the Class

Auditing the class means you will not get the full hour long instrument lesson recording but you will have access to all of the virtual classroom resources. This will include source recordings of the tune, videos of our string band rendition fast and slow, banjo tab, guitar chord charts, and demonstration videos of the tunes played fast and slow on each instrument. (Cost: $80-$160, sliding scale)

Registration

Payment

You may pay any of these ways:

  • Venmo (@maggiebanjo) preferred
  • PayPal (maggiebanjo@gmail.com)
  • Check payable to Neighborly Music
    4416 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97211