VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT CLASSES!
Please note: Sign ups for all virtual classes will take place one week at a time. 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 half an hour prior to each class, and you will be able to join the class by clicking on that link.
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.
Step up your uke game! In advanced uke we tackle chord melody and fingerstyle solo pieces ranging from classic Hawaiian songs to more contemporary material. In addition we will discuss the basics of music theory and how to apply it to your instrument. Each week we will break down new techniques to get your playing up to an expert level!
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!
Start your musical journey with the world’s most popular instrument! 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.
Play a little 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 begin the basics of fingerpicking. We will work on strumming through some favorite folk, pop, and blues songs, as well as highlight skills the class requests. We will also begin working on major and minor scales, and the basics of “soloing”.
A continuation of the skills of Intermediate I, we will continue learning minor and pentatonic (blues) scales, utilzing them in 12-bar blues and rock-n-roll formats. We will also play more difficult pieces and combine fingerpicking with strumming, as well as playing rhythm and lead in the same song. We will also work on blues, folk, and pop songs the class requests.
Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm EDT, Beginning April 15th
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.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL IN-PERSON ADULT INSTRUMENT CLASSES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS. WE ARE MONITORING THE SITUATION AND PLAN FOR CLASSES TO RESUME ON THE DATES LISTED ON EACH CLASS BELOW.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, April 2nd, 2020 through May 14th, 2020 (no class April 16th)
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm, April 2nd, 2020 through May 14th, 2020 (no class April 16th)
In Intermediate Guitar we will build upon the skills learned in Beginner, Intermediate, or on your own. We will learn more intermediate level chords, focus on more major, minor, and pentatonic scales, and focus on right-hand strumming techniques in multiple time signatures and folk styles. We will also practice playing together, fostering the ability to play with someone in a pick-up setting using the chords and scales we’ve previously learned. We will also be doing some focused learning of folk repertoire. This is a mixed level intermediate guitar class for all who have taken previous classes at the Philadelphia Folk School or a similar equivalent before.
Beginner Ukulele (Ages 7 and up) with Christopher Davis-Shannon
Tuesdays, 7pm – 8pm, April 7th through May 19th, 2020 (No class April 14th!)
A crash course in the most adorable instrument around! In six weeks we will 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! Feel free to bring your own ukulele but even if you don’t have one yet we have plenty to use while you’re here.
REGISTER FOR BEGINNER UKULELE HERE
Beginner II Ukulele (Ages 7 and up) with Christopher Davis-Shannon
Tuesdays, 6pm – 7pm, April 7th through May 19th, 2020 (No class April 14th!)
In this class we will build upon the work we did in Beginner Ukulele! We will add more chords, and strumming patterns to our skill set,as well as expanding our repertoire! Feel free to bring your own ukulele but even if you don’t have one yet we have plenty to use while you’re here.
Intermediate Ukulele (Ages 13 and up) with Christopher Davis-Shannon
Tuesdays, 8pm – 9pm, April 7th through May 19th, 2020 (No class April 14th!)
Learn the true joy of ukulele as we explore everything from traditional Hawaiian techniques to mainland swing strumming to baroque classical music. You’ll be surprised what this little instrument is capable of! (Note: this class is the correct option for those who have taken Christopher’s Intermediate class before.)
REGISTER FOR INTERMEDIATE UKULELE HERE
Beginner’s Harmonica for Adults with Seth Holzman (ages 16 and up):
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45pm, April 20th, 2020 through June 15th, 2020 (no class May 25th!)
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
Blues Harmonica 1 (Ages 13 and up)
Mondays, 8:00 – 9:15pm, April 20th, 2020 through June 15th, 2020 (no class May 25th!)
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
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