Instrument Classes

Old Songs offers Group Classes in a variety of acoustic instruments in 6 weekly group sessions. All classes take place at the Old Songs building at 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville

Cost per course:
6-weeks: $127     8-weeks: $161

Print out the Registration Form and mail with payment
(or call Old Songs office to register with a credit card, 518-765-2815)

Click here to REGISTER for Bluegrass Jam Class


TUESDAYS

Tuesday, September 26, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

with Susan Trump

We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Class Dates: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 
Register by September 15


Tuesday, September 26, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

with Susan Trump

The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Class Dates: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 
Register by September 15


Tuesday, October 3, at 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

with Peggy Hart
(Beginners start at 5:30pm)

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggyminore@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7
Register by Sept. 29


Tuesday, October 3, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

with Ron Gordon

If you have taken a “basics” class, or have been self taught in ukulele and would like to review and learn new musical skills, this is the class for you! We will review basic strums and chords through a variety of songs, and than
move on to chord melody, and finger picking techniques. Through listening, learning and participation, students will extend their song list and become even more creative on the uke. Handouts provided, and a recording device is
recommended.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7
Register by Sept. 29



WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday, September 27, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

with George Wilson

Little to no violin/fiddle experience or understanding of how to play it. (they need a functional fiddle & bow & some rosin). You will learn how to make a good sound with the bow (from “scratch”), a simple tune or 2, tuning, & basic fiddle care & maintenance.

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Class Dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8 
Register by September 22


Wednesday, September 27, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

with George Wilson

Need to have some violin/fiddle experience. You will learn a few tunes & techniques to make them sound “fiddly.” If someone ends up in the wrong class they can transfer. And in any case we’ll have a good time!

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Class Dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8 
Register by September 22


Wednesday, October 4, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

with Paul Draper

Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to):

  • left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides
  • right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls”
  • different tunings for different tunes
  • other topics based on the class

You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes.

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8
Register by September 29



THURSDAYS

Thursday, October 5, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

with George Ward

All you’ll need is a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.

For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com.

Class Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
Register by September 29


Thursday, October 5, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

with George Ward

Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.

For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com.

Class Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
Register by September 29


Thursday, September 28, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, happening 8 times

8 week course, with Ron Gordon

We will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. We’ll cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will be a combination of reading music on the mandolin, as well as ear training. Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Handouts and music provided, and a recording device recommended.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: September 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
Register by September 22


Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, happening 8 times

8 week course, with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: September 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
Register by September 22



5 WEEK INTENSIVE—MONDAYS

Monday, October 23, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, happening 5 times

Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $160

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. And,these skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Bob at 518-475-7926 or arobanjo@aol.com.

Class Dates: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20



Old Songs, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any class should the minimum registration of 4 students not be met. NO REFUNDS will be given for absences. If a student drops out after the first lesson, he/she may have a refund less $42 (the cost of one lesson plus the registration fee). NO REFUNDS will be given after the second lesson.


Old Songs, Inc. is a not-for-profit, educational, 501(c)3 corporation

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm.
PO Box 466 • 37 South Main Street • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
(518) 765-2815 • Fax: (518) 655-0061 •
oldsongs@oldsongs.org



Old Songs events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.