Group Adventures in American Roots Guitar & Mandolin


Many of us are craving opportunities to make music socially in a welcoming, accessible, community setting. Such is the motivation behind our combined, mandolin-and-guitar group class, designed for advanced beginners through intermediate-level players. Guided by the belief that developing musicians of mixed abilities can all benefit from a song-based approach to learning, students will learn new ways to participate in a group music making context, regardless of level of expertise.

While American Roots denotes a broad range of styles, this course focuses mostly on folk and popular song forms, from the ‘60s folk revival through to contemporary Americana, alt-country and acoustic singer-songwriter craft. Together we will build up a body of repertoire over the course of the semester, examples of which might span Dylan to the Dixie Chicks, Woody Guthrie to Garcia/Grisman, or that song you just heard on the radio and would love to learn how to play. Yes, students will have the opportunity to suggest a tune for the group!

Each week we will dive deeply into one song while reinforcing takeaways from the previous weeks. Learn new chord voicings up the neck; fresh ways of accompanying and/or soloing on a tune using riffs, fills, and double stops; and how to follow and even create your own song charts. Through individuated instruction in a small-group setting, each participant can focus on the techniques and skills that most interest them. By the end of the class, we will able to play together, confidently, on six songs that span the breadth of the ever-expanding, American Roots songbook. Moreover, you will have gained new ideas, insights, and approaches to playing with others.

Students should have a minimum of 6 months experience on their instrument.  

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Ian Goldstein
Maximum Enrollment: 
Monday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
90 minutes
Fall and Spring
Start Date: 
January 22, 2018 for the spring semester