String Band Class

Spring 2022 Registration Now Open!

April 19 – June 14, 2022

REGISTER ($160 for 8 weeks)

This spring marks our 50th session of the Portland String Band Class! 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. We are going strong in the Zoom format for the time being. It still works and it’s quite fun! You will receive live online class instruction, source music, instructional videos, and one on one pointers in the lessons. Feel free to invite friends from far and wide to join us! 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!”


“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.” .


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 won’t be able to meet early for a big community dinner, but we can raise a toast 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.


Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30pm


4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, (NO CLASS 6/7), PARTY ON 6/14


Zoom! Sign up for the email invite to our cyber classroom. Final class on 6/14 will be a party in a SE Portland backyard with a zoom in option for out of town jammers.


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 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.


The cost for the 8-week session is a sliding scale $160 – $125 per student. Pay what you can afford and email if you have financial need. We offer scholarships and we want our classes to be accessible to all. We are happy for you to share one registration fee per household during this time, especially if you are financially impacted by the pandemic. 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

If you choose to skip the group zoom lessons you may have access to the online portion of this session for $160 – $80.


Click here to fill out the registration form.


You may pay any of these ways:

  • Venmo (@maggiebanjo)
  • CashApp ($MaggieLind)
  • PayPal ( – please use friends and family and do not select payment protection or services.
  • Check payable to Neighborly Music
    4416 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97211