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

Tuesday, September 20, 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.

Class Dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1Register by Sept. 16


Tuesday, September 20, 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.

Class Dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1Register by Sept. 16


Tuesday, October 4, at 6:00 am - 7:15 pm
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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.

Class Dates: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, & 15Register by Sept. 30


Tuesday, October 4, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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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: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 22 Register by Sept. 30



WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday, October 5, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 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.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, & 9Register by Sept. 30


Wednesday, October 12, 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

Class Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16Register by Oct. 7


Wednesday, October 12, 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

Class Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16Register by Oct. 7



THURSDAYS

Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day

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: Sep. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, & Nov. 3Register by Sept. 23


Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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with Ron Gordon

Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course),right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy,blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs,so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10Register by Sept.30


Thursday, October 6, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Weekly on the same day

with Ron Gordon

Broaden your repertoire of strums, picks, chords and classic songs from 20’s jazz to Hawaiian to rock.If you have taken the beginner class, a few workshops, or been self taught… this class is for you. Along the way, we’ll introduce and broaden concepts of musical knowledge, such as keys, transposition, and circle of fifths; with applications to songs and your uke creativity!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10Register by Sept.30



5 WEEK INTENSIVE—MONDAYS

Monday, October 17, 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

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.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, & 14



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.