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Week 1

A big part of being a good folk musician is knowing a lot of songs!

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Tuesday - Introduction

  - Repertoire

  - Section 1 - Fiddle Tunes

     - "Red Haired Boy"

     - "Cherokee Shuffle"

     - "St. Anne's Reel"

 

  - Serving the Song

  - Practicing 

  - Reading charts, tabs, notation

  - Counting, groove, timing

  - Gear

  - Listening list

 

Rhythm Guitar Basics -

  - Pick Position

  - Strum Zones

  - Pick Grip

  - Alternating bass strum

  - Down-Up Strum

  - Phrasing

  - Song structures

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Thursday -

[IN PERSON] - Jam at Swallow Hill

  - Meet at our normal class time at Swallow Hill Music Association: 71 E. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80210 (maps)

Class Recordings

Tuesday

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Week 2

Play what you want to hear next.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tuesday -

Music Theory

  - The Musical Alphabet

  - Scales  - G-Scale

                   C-Scale

                   D-Scale

  - Chords, Voicings

  - Diatonic Triad Chart

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Thursday - [IN PERSON] - Jam at Swallow Hill

  - Meet at our normal class time at Swallow Hill Music Association: 71 E. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80210 (maps)

  - You must bring a song to play

  - You must try to play a solo

Class Recordings

Tuesday

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Thursday

Week 3

You learn what you need to learn at the gig!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Tuesday - Serving the Song: Ensemble Skills

  - Organizing your thoughts

  - Learning to listen

  - Stage Presence

  - Serving the song

Rhythm Guitar - Bass Lines and Embellishments

  - Bass Lines

  - Arpeggio Picking

  - Marking Chords

  - Outlining phrases

  - Shaping the song

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Thursday - [IN PERSON] - Song Circle at Swallow Hill

  - Meet at our normal class time at Swallow Hill Music Association: 71 E. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80210 (maps)

You must play a song by yourself for the class.

Class Recordings

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Week 4

Find a good song and play it!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tuesday - Fiddle Tunes & Practice

Fiddle Tunes - The basics

- Picking style

- Phrasing

- Learning the tunes

- the disadvantage of tab & notation

Prepare these tunes so we can focus on them closely in Section 4

 

Practice-

- How much should you practice?

- What should you practice?

- The three parts of practice.

       - Repertoire

       - Musicianship

       - Technical Practice

- Your musical mind

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Thursday -

[IN PERSON] - Jam at Swallow Hill

  - Meet at our normal class time at Swallow Hill Music Association: 71 E. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80210 (maps)

  - You must lead a song in the jam

  - You must try to play a solo

Class Recordings

Tuesday

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Thursday

This is a great example of "shaping" a song. Listen to how the song grows from feeling sparse to how it really gets "grooving" towards the end. There are a lot of elements at play, but the guitar has a lot to do with how this song is shaped.

Repertoire Recordings

Bury Me Beneath the Willow_mixdownArtist Name
00:00 / 04:02
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss - GArtist Name
00:00 / 03:12
Handsome MollyArtist Name
00:00 / 04:14
I Am A PilgrimArtist Name
00:00 / 06:43
John Hardy - GArtist Name
00:00 / 03:28
Life is Like a Mountain Railroad - GArtist Name
00:00 / 05:46
Long Journey HomeArtist Name
00:00 / 04:13
New River Train - GArtist Name
00:00 / 04:19
Poor Ellen Smith - GArtist Name
00:00 / 03:13
Sweet Sunny South - GArtist Name
00:00 / 03:59
Red haired boy - leadMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 01:15
Red Haired Boy - Rhythm - AMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 03:39
Red Haired Boy - Jam - AMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 03:39
Liberty - Lead - DMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 01:04
Liberty - Rhythm - DMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 02:46
Liberty - Jam - Key of DMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 02:46
"Eighth of January"
The Eighth of January - Lead - Slow - DMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 01:19
The Eighth of January - Rhythm - DMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 03:08
The Eighth of January - Jam - DMartin Gilmore
00:00 / 03:08
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