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 South 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

Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Apr. 5
Register by Feb. 26

Tuesday, March 1, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day

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


Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Weekly on the same day

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


Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Weekly on the same day

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.


Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5 & 12
Register by Mar. 4

Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day

with Peggy Hart

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.


May 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun. 7 & 14
Register by May 6

Tuesday, May 10, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day

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.


Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Weekly on the same day

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.



WEDNESDAYS

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Apr. 6
Register by Feb. 26

Wednesday, March 2, at 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day

with Terri Lukaĉko

You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords.

For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128 or fiddlejammer@mac.com.



THURSDAYS

Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & Apr. 7
Register by Feb. 26

Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21
8-week class­—Register by Feb. 26

Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Weekly on the same day

8 week course, with Ron Gordon

I will teach one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.

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



5 WEEK CLASS—THURSDAYS

Apr. 28, May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day

Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $160
Early Signup Discount: $10 off until Mar 28!

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.



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

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.