I’d think learning to play the guitar would be very confusing for sighted people.
-Doc Watson

Classes for all ages, as well as custom private lessons offered in banjo, fiddle, and guitar in the Lexington, KY area.

Learn to play by ear! Develop the skills you need to participate in and even innovate the Appalachian tradition--while discovering a new creative community with which you can grow and have fun.  

Group Classes & Rates

CORE CLASSES:

Old-Time Banjo 1

Banjo | Group Class | Beginner

75 minutes * Once a week for 8 weeks * $180

Dates & Times TBD

For anyone interested in beginning the five-string banjo and its traditional styles. This course will introduce you to the more common regional ways of playing this instrument. Students will learn first-position chords, overhand (clawhammer), as well as a few fretting-hand techniques. By the end of the session, you should be ready to succeed in Old-Time Banjo 2.

Fiddle 1

Fiddle | Group Class | Beginner

75 minutes * Once a week for 8 weeks * $180

Dates & Times TBD

For anyone interested in beginning the fiddle and its traditional styles. We’ll review the A and D major scales, as well as some simple melodies. Then we’ll learn several standard fiddle tunes, including shuffle and saw stroke bowing patterns. After eight weeks, you will be able to play a small collection of standard fiddle tunes and be well on your way to succeeding in Fiddle 2.

Guitar 1

Guitar | Group Class | Beginner

75 minutes * Once a week for 8 weeks * $180

Dates & Times TBD

For anyone interested in beginning the guitar. Learn chords, simple strums, and tuning in a fun, relaxed group setting. You’ll be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony that will have you making music in no time! Guitar 1 is for the absolute beginner. In this class you will learn parts of the guitar, how to tune your guitar, basic chords in several keys, simple strumming techniques, helpful practice tips, and a handful of songs with lyrics and chords.

REPERTOIRE CLASSES

 Old-Time Banjo 2

Banjo | Group Class | Intermediate

75 minutes * Once a week for 8 weeks * $180

Dates & Times TBD

In this class you’ll go beyond the basics with specialized techniques like the drop-thumb, as well as Appalachian modal tuning. You’ll also learn more challenging banjo songs, as well as the banjo’s relationship to fiddle tunes. Here you’ll begin to develop skills with alternate tunings and advance your experience in picking up tunes by ear.

Fiddle 2

Fiddle | Group Class | Early Intermediate

75 minutes * Once a week for 8 weeks * $180

Dates & Times TBD

In this class you’ll go beyond the basics with rhythm and scale knowledge. Here you’ll focus on tuning and key selection, as well as the context for how to use these skills to advance your practice. You’ll also review songs learned in Fiddle 1, increasing your confidence and mastery.

Guitar 2

Guitar | Group Class | Early Intermediate

75 minutes * Once a week for 8 weeks * $180

Dates & Times TBD

Build on your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few "licks," while singing and playing at the same time! Build upon your new Core Guitar 1 skills by learning to play basic open chords in the keys of A, E, D, and G, smoothly without losing the beat. There are hundreds of tunes to learn at every skill level.

Private Lessons

Private lessons provide unique one-on-one instruction and are available for all skill-levels and ages. I offer 30-, 45-, and 60-minute varieties with rolling admission.

Limited availability. Inquire here for available slots. 

Workshops

Take advantage of singular special-topics workshops. 

(None are scheduled at this time. Check this space for dates and locations of future workshops.)