As the new kid on the block, I get so excited to see what type of classes the local community is loving. Recently, I received a phone call from a kind lady who was signing her husband up again for guitar, he loved the class and I loved hearing about his excitement for the class. That’s the beauty of lifelong learning for adults, classes that bring many people from the Nashville community in to do something they have always dreamed of doing or maybe to freshen up on a skill.
I have to say, our music classes are the best, I enjoy hearing the sounds, the instruments and seeing the excitement on the faces of the students.
This spring we have 5 classes, no matter what is inspiring you to take a class, maybe it’s just a hobby, maybe a lifelong dream, maybe you are a musician and you want to advance your skills, it doesn’t matter, come out, it’s music city after all and there is something for everyone Fiddle, Ukulele, Guitar and now we have Mandolin taught by the experienced musician Jackie Kincaid, who has played Bluegrass at the Ryman.
Fiddle students will learn to play traditional tunes and read musical notation in group environment. A variety of fiddle styles will be introduced during the class. Learn proper instrument care, tuning, and playing technique. Students are required to bring their own fiddle to class and to purchase the book You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling by Craig Duncan.
Bring your ukulele and join the “ukegroup”. Students will explore ukulele history, tuning, chords and strum patterns. Learn new tunes and note reading in a group setting. Students need an instrument, 3-ring binder and pencil.
Students will learn the basics of playing Mandolin chords and how to care for their instruments. Instruction will also cover how to tune with your ears and not a machine. Some history of the instrument and its use in Bluegrass music will also be discussed. Students must bring their own instrument to class.
In this class students will learn the basics of playing guitar chords and reading notes in a variety of musical styles in a group environment. Learn how to care for the guitar and tune the instrument properly. Students will learn some basic music theory, with discussion of intervals, chord structure, and scales. Students should bring their own instruments to class.
Do you already know your basic chords? In this class students of all ages continue developing on their prior knowledge of guitar by playing more challenging musical selections in a group environment. Learn the basics of finger-style posture, playing in harmonics, and using a capo. Students will analyze vocal and piano music to determine chords to be played.