Ensembles & Specialty Classes

Summer Bluegrass Workshops at Friendly

with Jeff Burke

Whether you want to join the farmer's market group, jam in a festival campground, or start your own backyard
bluegrass session, this summer workshop series will get you comfortable in any bluegrass jam setting!
This series is open to all acoustic string instruments and electric bass with small amp. It is for beginners to
intermediate/advanced players.

All Workshops 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Slow Jam (open to the public) 3:00 - 5:00 PM
The cost of each workshop is $20.

Saturday, June 29 - Bluegrass Basics
Rhythm Roles for Each Instrument and Basic Jamming Rules
Following Unfamiliar Songs and Playing in All Keys
How to Lead a Song and How to Fake a Solo
Resources for Bluegrass Songs to Learn
Register for this workshop here.

Saturday, July 27 - Improve Your Improv
Simple soloing with Chords and Helpful Bluegrass Scales
Ear Training and Using the Melody in Solos
Advanced Solos: Double Stops, Playing Up the Neck, and Going Fast
Register for this workshop here.

Saturday, August 31 - Better Bluegrass Singing: Lead and Harmony Vocals
Getting More Volume, Better Tone, and the Best Key for Your Voice
Playing and Singing at the Same Time
Bluegrass Harmony Basics
Register for this workshop here.

Beginning Ukulele For Everybody

with Brian Blankenship

You will be strumming and singing from the first night of the Friendly beginning ukulele class! Learn your favorite songs, from traditional folk tunes to contemporary pop and rock, while mastering basic chord progressions and strumming patterns. This class is open to adults and families with children ages 7 and up - everyone can learn to play the ukulele!
Returning in Fall 2019



Bluegrass Jam Class

with Jeff Burke

No jamming experience is necessary for this intensive but fun class.  It is open to all bluegrass instruments - guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and vocals - and helps you work together with your classmates in leading songs, improvising, singing harmony, comping, and developing your bluegrass repertoire.  You will be jamming from the beginning of the first class!  

Returning in the Fall of 2019!





Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

with Michael Henson

In the Friendly School’s Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar class, you will learn how to develop a solid right hand technique for playing fingerstyle guitar and how to link chords together to play an entire song using fingerstyle technique.  You will learn picking patterns that can be used in many styles of music, and we will explore how to use these patterns in two particular songs. To get the most out of this class, you should be comfortable with open chords and basic minor barre chords. Feel free to bring a recording device. Transcriptions of the guitar tablature of study materials for the class will be provided.

Returning in the Fall!



Class Schedule Starts Instructor Tuition Register

Specialty Classes
Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 06/29/19 - 08/17/19 Michael Henson $ 170.00 Register

Specialty - Workshop
Bluegrass Basics Workshop Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 06/29/19 - 06/29/19 Jeff Burke $ 20.00
Improve Your Improv Workshop Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 07/27/19 - 07/27/19 Jeff Burke $ 20.00 Register
Better Bluegrass Singing: Lead and Harmony Vocals Workshop Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 08/31/19 - 08/31/19 Jeff Burke $ 20.00 Register