The Philadelphia Folksong Society is thrilled to bring you EVEN MORE Virtual Instrument Classes in Fiddle and Songwriting to #KeeptheMusicPlaying and #SecuretheFutureofFolk!
Throughout the constantly changing reality surrounding the global health crisis of COVID-19, the FIRST priority of the Society is the health and well-being of our community. As social distancing measures are currently making in-person classes an impossibility, we want to bring classes to the comfort of your home! Making music is so integral to our mental health, and we want to #keepthemusicplaying for everyone, including our students!
Sign-ups for all virtual classes will take place one week at a time, as we understand schedules and circumstances are changing rapidly. Classes will take place over the FREE video conferencing application, Zoom! Ukulele Classes begin on Tuesday, March 24th, and Guitar Classes begin on Thursday, March 26th, and both will continue weekly while social distancing measures are in place!
NEW Class Options
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!
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.
HOW DOES IT WORK? 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.
WHY ZOOM? Utilizing Zoom allows for teachers to see and interact with students live and in real time, so students can play along with the instructors, and ask questions. It also allows for sharing class materials simply and easily.
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