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February Guitar Classes

Bluegrass Guitar: Beyond Licks

Wednesdays, February 8, 15, and 22

2:00 PM EST or 8:00 PM EST


An improvisation method that makes sense

This is the class to take if you are learning to improvise in the bluegrass style.  If you are an intermediate guitar player who is learning to improvise, but is struggling to "put it all together," this class is for you! Instead of trying to force licks into the right place and string them together, we are going to learn how to create musical phrases that lead us through the chord progression of the song, just like the pros do on all their solos!


Each class is interactive. You can play along at home with the sound off, and unmute your mic when you have a question about something. 


Class 1: Creating fiddle-tune style phrases, using major scales over chords, scale movements, 7th chord scales, chord transitions

Class 2:  Review class 1 concepts, making smoother chord transitions, bluegrass-style phrases

Class 3:  Review class 2 concepts, using minor scales, blues-style phrases

After each class you'll get: 

Access to PDF examples in tab and notation

5 - 10 minute video recap of the class with examples that you can speed up or slow down. 

Homework assignments (optional) to help you create more of the kinds of phrases we did in class.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

3 Classes/$90



Building Bluegrass Guitar Breaks: Songs In the Key of C

Mondays, February 13, 20, and 27

Afternoon and Evening Classes -- 2:00 PM EST or 7:00 PM EST


Level: Intermediate


Learn lots of great ideas for tackling bluegrass breaks in C position. Each week, join us as we work through a different bluegrass standard. More than just learning a new solo, you will learn the thought process that goes into creating an effective bluegrass guitar break, and ideas you can use on your own. We'll listen to the song, and talk about different ways to approach the solo. We'll build up our break from the melody and chord progression, taking suggestions from the class along the way.


You'll receive access to the tab arrangement, a performance of the song by Andy that you can slow down or speed up to learn at home, and a 5 - 10 minute recap video of the class.


Each class is interactive. You can play along at home with the sound off, and unmute your mic when you have a question about something.


Learn to adapt the melody with fills, licks, double-stops, crosspicking, etc.


Monday, February 13, "Will the Roses Bloom"

Monday, February 20, "Is it too late now"

Monday, February 27, "Way Downtown"


Our versions will be different than the inspiration versions above. Instead of copying the artists note-for-note, we will build our own break up from the chords and the melody.


Level: Intermediate


3 Classes/$80



March Guitar Classes

Building Bluegrass Guitar Breaks: Bluesy Songs

Wednesdays, March 8, 15, and 29th 

Afternoon and Evening Classes -- 2:00 PM EST or 8:00 PM EST


Level: Intermediate


Each week, join us as we work through a different bluegrass standard with a bluesy song. More than just learning a new solo, you will learn the thought process that goes into creating an effective bluegrass guitar break, and ideas you can use on your own. We'll listen to the song, and talk about different ways to approach the solo. We'll build up our break from the melody and chord progression, taking suggestions from the class along the way.


You'll receive access to the tab arrangement, a performance of the song by Andy that you can slow down or speed up to learn at home, and a 5 - 10 minute recap video of the class.


Each class is interactive. You can play along at home with the sound off, and unmute your mic when you have a question about something.


Learn to adapt the melody with fills, licks, double-stops, crosspicking, etc.


Wednesday, March 8th: "Walls of Time"

Wednesday, March 15th: "Rocky Road Blues"

Wednesday, March 19th:  "Somehow Tonight"


Our versions will be different than the inspiration versions above. Instead of copying the artists note-for-note, we will build our own break up from the chords and the melody.


Level: Intermediate


3 Classes/$80



Bluegrass Mandolin: Beyond Licks

Mondays, March 13, 20, 22 and 27

2:00 PM EST or 7:00 PM EST


An improvisation method that makes sense

This is the class to take if you are learning to improvise in the bluegrass style.  If you are an intermediate mandolin player who is learning to improvise, but is struggling to "put it all together," this class is for you! Instead of trying to force licks into the right place and string them together, we are going to learn how to create musical phrases that lead us through the chord progression of the song, just like the pros do on all their solos!


Each class is interactive. You can play along at home with the sound off, and unmute your mic when you have a question about something. 


Class 1: Using major scales over chords, scale movements, fiddle-tune style phrases.

Class 2:  Review class 1 concepts, making chord transitions, bluegrass-style phrases

Class 3:  Review class 2 concepts, using minor scales, blues-style phrases

Class 4: Review class 3 concepts, advanced phrase building techniques, creating bluegrass solos

After each class you'll get: 

Access to PDF examples in tab and notation

5 - 10 minute video recap of the class with examples that you can speed up or slow down. 

Homework assignments (optional) to help you create more of the kinds of phrases we did in class.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced


4 Classes/$100