Instrument Classes

Spring Classes start in March

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: $127


Three ways to Register for Old Songs Instrument Classes:

  1. Register Online (no added fees)
  2. Print out the Registration Form and mail with payment
  3. Call the Old Songs office at 518-765-2815

The Spring Bluegrass Jam Class has been canceled.


NEW CLASS for KIDS on SATURDAYS!

Saturday, March 9, at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, happening 6 times

with Peggy Hart

We are looking for young people between the ages of 4–14 who would like to play the accordion. Your child will learn to play this fascinating instrument, while participating in an accordion band. Parents, please call early to reserve your child’s spot.

New Accordions will be available to rent for $25 for the entire class, with a $50 deposit to be refunded at the end of the class.

For more information contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggyminore@yahoo.com.

March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 4, 13, Register by March 7

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TUESDAYS

Tuesday, March 5, 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 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.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, Register by March 1

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Tuesday, March 5, 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 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.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, Register by March 1

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Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 1 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.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, Register by March 1

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Tuesday, May 14, 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.

May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, Register by May 10

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Tuesday, May 14, 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.

May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, Register by May 10

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WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday, March 6, at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm 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.

March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, Register by March 4

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Wednesday, March 6, 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

March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, Register by March 4

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Wednesday, March 6, 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

March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, Register by March 4

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THURSDAYS

Thursday, March 7, 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 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.

March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, Register by March 5

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Thursday, March 7, 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 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.

March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, Register by March 5

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