Fall 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: $127


Three ways to Register for Old Songs 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.
  • Call the Old Songs office at 518-765-2815

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Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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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. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

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Saturday, October 5, at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, happening 7 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.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, (skip 12),19, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15

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Tuesday, September 24, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, (skip 15), 22, 29, Nov. 5

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Tuesday, September 24, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, (skip 15), 22, 29, Nov. 5

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Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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with Ron Gordon

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.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

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Wednesday, October 2, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

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Wednesday, October 2, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm 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: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

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Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

with Paul Draper

This class is for those with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13

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Thursday, October 10, at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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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. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

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Thursday, October 10, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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with Kara Doyle 

This class assumes little or no previous experience with the whistle or with Irish traditional music. We’ll have some fun learning scales and a few common tunes. You’ll need a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.  Also bring an audiorecording device of some kind (a phone app is fine!) And perhaps something to take notes with, if you like. 

For more information contact Kara at 518-986-2593 (after 5 pm if you’re calling on weekdays) or karadoyle1969@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

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

Class Dates: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
Register by Oct. 2

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Thursday, September 26, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 7 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: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

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Monday, October 14, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, happening 5 times

Taught by Scott Hopkins 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, the class 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. 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.

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For more information contact Scott at scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

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


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 •
oldsongs@oldsongs.org