There is nothing like learning with your friends, and if you are just getting started practice buddies can be extremely valuable. I have a number of courses I have designed for small groups (4-10), typically taught in 6-8 installments. One off workshops are also available. Here are two example six weekcourse descriptions. If you are interested in learning more, scheduling a class or want to talk about an individual course that will fit your group, reach out via e-mail.
In this course, we will start with the basics and give students a solid base of knowledge from which to build upon. We will cover basic technique, chord structures up the neck and basic improvisation. We will incorporate music theory, but do most of our work by ear. Using a group of simple fiddle tunes and songs, we will build a pallet of ideas that will hopefully inspire students to continue study on their own. We'll talk about practice techniques and learn how to produce good tone on the instrument. We'll work with scales and exercises to increase each student's fluidity on the mandolin quickly, which will allow us to take full advantage of our creativity. Be prepared to use your ears and musical brains, and expect to do some work. Ideally students should practice daily at least twenty minutes.
Beginning DADGAD Guitar
This class involves equal parts playing and listening. The DADGAD tuning for guitar, sometimes known as “the Celtic Tuning”, has been gaining popularity in the genre for the past fifty or sixty years. Known for its open sound and drone-like quality, the tuning is well suited to backing fiddle tunes. In these six weeks, we will spend time discussing DADGAD pioneers such as Davy Graham, Micheal O Domhnaill and Daithi Sproule as well as those that have followed in their footsteps. Playing wise, we'll start from the ground up with basic to intermediate chords and right hand technique. As the course goes on we will learn a few fiddle tunes and develop them week by week. At the end of this course, you should be able to insert yourself into just about any traditional music session and be able to go beyond the basic chords. No previous playing experience is required, just a desire to learn and a willingness to listen and think intellectually about music. We will use minimal theory. No homework will be assigned, but you will be encouraged to work outside of class. Exercises and suggested listening will be provided after each meeting, as well as melody tracks for students to practice along with.