Lessons

Each week we feature a lesson from 6:00 to 7:00, covering the skills you'll need to play music with others.   We emphasize learrning to play music by ear, the traditional method used for centuries by folks all around the world.  Click the links below to view PDF files of the class notes.

Rhythm & Strum Patterns - Part I

From the week of 12/29 - Class notes from the Part I of our series on right hand technique, rhythm and strum patterns.

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Playing Melody - Part I

Class notes from 1/12/22 and 1/19/22.  Introduction to scales and scale exercises in the Key of D.

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Playing Melody - Part III

Class notes from 2/2/22.  Topics cover motivation for playing, G major scale exercises, and  simple songs for practicing.

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Revisiting Chords / Transcribing Songs

Class notes from 2/16/22.  Topics covered include hearing chord changes and how to transcribe chords from songs.

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A Smorgasbord Review

Class notes from 3/9/22.   Topics include ear training, hearing intervals, and swapping chords and melody play

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Season's End - Final Review

Class notes from 4/1/22.   This lesson recaps the highlights of music theory, practical music skills and effective practice that we've learned.

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Rhythm & Strum Patterns - Part II

From the week of 1/5/22 - here's the second part of our series on rhythm and strumming.

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Playing Melody - Part II

Class notes from 1/26/22.  Topics include the "musical toolbox", playing simple melodies and how to practice effectively.

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Revisiting Chords / Transcribing Songs

Class notes from 2/16/22.  Topics covered include hearing chord changes and how to transcribe chords from songs.

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A Smorgasbord Review

Class notes from 2/23/22.  Topics covered include deconstructing chord changes in Southern Cross, melody playing to I'll Fly Away, and transcribing songs

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A Smorgasbord Review

Class notes from 3/16/22.   Topics include ear training, hearing intervals, and swapping chords and melody play

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