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, knowledgeable teaching.  *Mistakes allowed!   *Singing not required, but encouraged & 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.


with Hannah Rand

Whether you’ve composed one song or hundreds, this class will help unlock your creativity and unleash it upon new pieces. We’ll focus on both lyric writing and the musical side of songwriting, offering a variety of techniques to build confidence and skill in the art of songwriting. The class will culminate in a writers round (participation optional) at the Friendly Tap. 

What we’ll work on: • Lyric Writing • Melody and Harmony writing • Song structures (Verses/Chorus/Bridge) • Matching melody/lyric/harmony • Writing without “inspiration” 

Some class projects: • Analyze your favorite song • Write a song based on a line from a newspaper/book/advertisement/movie/show • Journal (object writing) 

Resources:Writing Better Lyrics - Pat Pattison 

Teacher: This class is taught by Hannah Rand, an acclaimed songwriter from the Chicagoland area. Hannah started writing songs at age 12, won a teen Grammy for her song, “Start Over” at age 18, and graduated from Belmont University in 2016 with a songwriting degree. She is passionate about the life-giving and life-changing power of song, and she loves helping others use music as a tool to make a difference.


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!



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Specialty Classes
Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 09/07/19 - 10/26/19 Michael Henson $ 135.00 - $ 170.00 Register
Song Writing Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 09/19/19 - 10/24/19 Hannah Rand $ 135.00 - $ 170.00 Register