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 6-week course: $145


VACCINATIONS REQUIRED: We are requiring all students and teachers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. For the safety of the group we are not making exceptions for children or for people unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. We do not accept same-day tests in lieu of vaccination. We ask that you have your CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Card, a phone photo or photocopy of the card, or your Excelsior Pass ready to show at first class.

MASKS REQUIRED: In keeping with guidance from the CDC, all students and teachers must wear masks while in the Old Songs building.


Register Now for Group Instrument Classes:

  • Register Online (no added fees)
  • Mail a check to: Old Songs, Inc., PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.
    Be sure to include a phone number and/or email address, so we can notify you of any class cancellations.
  • Leave a Voicemail message at 518-765-2815 and we’ll call you right back.

Tuesday, October 26, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23

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Tuesday, October 26, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

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Tuesday, October 26, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

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Tuesday, October 26, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

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Wednesday, October 20, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
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with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

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Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

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Virtual Individual Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo & Ukulele Classes

with Ron Gordon for 6 weeks

Individual instruction offered on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele on any level. Days and times arranged at mutual convenience; once a week for 6 lessons. Lessons will be an hour plus. Song sheets, tabs, sound files provided.

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

Limited number of spots. 


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 $45 (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, 11 am–4 pm.
PO Box 466 • 37 South Main Street • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
(518) 765-2815 • Fax: (518) 655-0061 •
oldsongs@oldsongs.org