Ensembles & Specialty Classes

Bluegrass Jam Class Returns to Friendly this Fall

with Jeff Burke

*All bluegrass instruments welcome
*No jamming experience necessary
*You will be jamming the first class!
*Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
*Mistakes allowed!
Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

Do you qualify? It’s easier than you may think!
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements:
You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

Jeff Burke has been performing on mandolin, guitar, and banjo since 1999--a sought-after sideman who’s toured the U.S. and Europe with a variety of acoustic and bluegrass acts. A certified Wernick Method teacher, he has hosted bluegrass jamming classes in several states, including at the John Hartford Festival in Bean Blossom, IN and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. His down-to-earth teaching style and positive approach to learning music have endeared him to students far and wide. Jeff splits his time between Nashville and Chicago where he currently offers jamming classes as well as private instruction.

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, 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


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 09/07/19 - 10/26/19 Michael Henson $ 170.00 Register

Specialty - Workshop
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