VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT CLASSES!
Please note: Sign ups for all virtual classes will take place weekly or by session. Classes will take place over Zoom, a free video-conferencing app! You’ll need to have a Zoom account available on your computer or device to participate in class. We will send you a link to join the class in Zoom no later than 5pm on the day of class.
Featured One Day Workshops:
Saturday, January 9th, 2021, 12pm-2pm
Moving with the Music with Eliza Carthy!
Yorkshire fiddler, singer and tour de force, Eliza Carthy demonstrates how to accompany yourself on the fiddle while singing, an interesting problem many fiddlers would like to solve. Come away from this two-hour intensive with several concrete suggestions to improve your coordination between voice and fiddle. Learn an easy lyric and backup line and start learning to accompany yourself!
Full Class Sessions:
Tuesdays, 5-5:45pm, January 5th, 2021 through February 9th, 2021
Getting beyond three chords. Take your ukulele a bit further as we dive into more complex songs and simple solo arrangements while expanding on the basics you learned in beginner class. Suitable for anyone that can strum confidently through easy songs without too much hesitation between chords.
Tuesdays, 6-6:45pm, January 5th, 2021 through February 9th, 2021
Bring the Philadelphia Folk School to the comfort of your home with a crash course in the most adorable instrument around! On a week to week basis we will study and learn everything from the beginning, no prior music experience necessary. We’ll explore tuning the uke, proper posture, open position chords and learn a host of old folk music.
Thursdays, 5pm – 5:45pm, January 14th, 2021 through February 18th, 2021
Have a guitar lying around but never really got around to learning your first chords? Look no further. Beginner guitar is just that, a primer for the new guitarist. We will begin with the parts of the guitar, how to care for and tune it, and how to hold it. We will get you started on the first handful of chords for your fretting hand, as well as the first strumming patterns for your other hand. All are welcome to begin their journey with the guitar.
Thursdays January 14th through February 18th, 6pm-6:45pm
In this class, we will continue working with soloing with the pentatonic blues scale up and down the neck. We will also work on some requests from the class. We will learn the basic harmonic and rhythmic components that create R&B, 60s Rock n Roll, and folk techniques and songs for guitar. Students joining this class should have a knowledge of open chords, barre chords, major scale, and basic fingerpicking skills.
Thursdays January 14th through February 18th, 7pm-7:45pm
Play some guitar but want to improve? In Intermediate guitar we will learn new and interesting chords, more complex strumming patterns from folk and blues music, and keep working on the basics of fingerpicking. We will practice strumming through some of our favorite folk, pop, and blues songs, as well as highlight skills the class requests. We will also keep developing major and minor scales, and the basics of “soloing”.
Virtual Beginner’s Harmonica for Adults with Seth Holzman (ages 16 and up):
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45pm, January 25th, 2021 through March 22nd, 2021 (no class February 15th)
Learn to play simple traditional folk songs and elementary blues on one of America’s most popular, portable instruments – the harmonica! Basic techniques such as bending, trilling, tongue-blocking, vibrato, and wah-wah will be covered. Individual attention will be given to each student. No musical background is required. Bring a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent) to the first class. Required text may be purchased for $9.00 from the instructor the first night. (Optional: bring a tape recorder, a digital recorder, or some other recording device if you wish to record the classes.)
REGISTER FOR BEGINNER’S HARMONICA HERE
Mondays, 8pm – 9:15pm, January 25th, 2021 through March 22nd, 2021 (no class February 15th)
Let’s continue our work with the harmonica and focus on the Blues. The harmonica’s unique sound is integral to the distinctiveness of many great blues bands. Learn some techniques and styles of background and lead playing. We will work on songs by Slim Harpo (“Something Inside Me,” “Raining In My Heart”), Little Walter (“Last Night,” “Hoochie Coochie Man”), Sonny Terry (“Bring It On Home To Me”), etc. Bring a 10-hole diatonic key of C-major harmonica such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent, to first class. Required text may be purchased for $9.00 from the instructor the first night. (Optional: bring a digital recorder or some other recording device.) (Note: This class is for people who have taken Harmonica For Beginners or others who have acquired similar skills and knowledge and have Seth’s permission to take the class.)
REGISTER FOR BLUES HARMONICA 1 HERE
Tuesdays, 7:15pm – 8:30pm, January 12th, 2021 through February 16th, 2021
Let’s continue to work on the songs we did in Blues Harmonica 1, including Slim Harpo’s “Something Inside Me” & “Raining In My Heart”, Little Walter’s “Last Night” & (with Muddy Waters) “Hoochie Coochie Man”, Sonny Terry’s “Bring It On Home To Me”, etc.
Additionally, let’s work on songs or parts of songs that both you and I may suggest for the class. We’ll continue to work on techniques such as bending, vibrato, and tongue-slapping. For our Zoom classes, have a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Pro Harp, or equivalent) for the first class. Required text may be purchased for $10.00. However, if you already have the Blues Harmonica 1 text, there’s no additional textbook fee.
Note: This class is not for beginners. If you have not taken the Blues Harmonica 1 class, the instructor will need to talk with you to make sure that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to take this course.
Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm EDT, JOIN ANYTIME
Aimed at intermediate-advanced fiddlers and violinists and mandolin players but all are welcome.
Learn the language of theory a tune at a time — and never forget it. We’ll cover the three most common harmony styles in western fiddling, using classic fiddle tunes to illustrate them. We’ll play with rhythm riffs, harmony runs and work out individual backup strategies based on your own abilities. You’ll see your fingerboard more wholly as well as learn new rhythms and harmonies. Handouts include sheet music, chord charts, and mp3s, but all tunes are also taught by ear. Some knowledge of music theory is helpful but not required.
VIRTUAL Songwriting with Joe Mackovieki
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In songwriting group, our goal will be to awaken the writer within you. We will spend time each session looking into one aspect of or concept within the art of songwriting and creating chord patterns. We will also work with words and learn to edit lines into lyrics and lyrics into songs. There will be no critiquing, just guided drafting and crafting. Come with an open mind and learn something about how musicians put together their compositions and leave with lyrics of your own.
Instruments are welcome and will be used part of the time!
The Philadelphia Folksong Society is now offering numerous music related classes and workshops for children and adults of all ages through the newly established Philadelphia Folk School!
Our Beliefs & Vision
The Philadelphia Folk School believes that folk music is for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
The Philadelphia Folk School believes that everyone deserves music, confidence, and community.
The Philadelphia Folk School seeks to enhance Philadelphia and the surrounding areas by encouraging participation in traditional folk music and educating the public of its history through classes, workshops, and exhibitions, creating community connection, and fostering cross-cultural understanding.