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  • Guitar II: Intermediate Guitar Back-up

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    Class topics include:

    • How to improve your rhythm
    • How to strum with a groove
    • How to solidify the F, F#m, Bm, D#0 and C#0 chords
    • How to play up the neck using closed chords
    • What to listen for while the fiddler is playing
    • How to make a simple chord progression fancier

    You do not have to be present to take the class, the video will be sent out afterward. However, guitarists who are present will receive personalized feedback.

  • Guitar I: Beginner Guitar Back-up

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    Class topics include:

    • How to hold a pick
    • How to strum on breakdowns, waltzes, and rags
    • How to incorporate bass notes into your strum and sound like a Texas-style guitar player
    • How to create a groove so that every fiddler wants to play with you!
    • How to read a chord chart
    • Learn the three most common Texas-style fiddle tune progressions

    You do not have to be present to take the class, the video will be sent out afterward. However, guitarists who are present will receive personalized feedback.

    Join the Jam! Back up your fiddle friends on guitar!

  • Jamming Skills II – Level Up Your Jams

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    Registration for Jamming Skills II is now closed.

    Week 1: Common Country Chord Progressions – Learn how to navigate classic country songs with chords, melody, bowing, and embellishments. Learn 1-4-5 finger patterns, finger blocks, secondary dominant chords, and more on tetrachords.

    Week 2: Common Pop & Folk Chord Progressions – These are the progressions you’ve heard all your life. Play your favorite pop tunes on fiddle! Ear training: How to hear chord qualities, intervals, and chords.

    Week 3: Playin’ the Blues – It’s one thing to learn how to play Folsom Prison Blues, but it’s another skill to learn how to incorporate blue notes where you wouldn’t expect them. Learn blue notes, double stops, and riffs to spice up all kinds of solos.

    Week 4: The Minor Keys – Relative minors, parallel minors, harmonic minor, and natural minor scale. Using popular songs of the 40s – 70s, learn everything about minor keys and scales.

  • Jamming Skills 1 (Recorded Series) – Using the Fiddle Theory 101 Toolkit

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    This 90-minute recorded class covers:

    • Application of “notes as numbers” in real-time.
    • How to use theory to help sound out a melody on the spot.
    • Tips for identifying chord progressions.
    • How and when to play backup (chords & chops) on fiddle.
    • Using scales and chord tones to play solos and fills on classic singing songs.

    When you purchase this recording, you receive:

    • Lifetime access to the recording, which you can start and stop at any time to practice concepts
    • A folder of course materials


  • Theory 101: A Fiddler’s Toolkit – Recorded Series

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    “That was a great class! It takes music theory to a whole new level.” Heather Bennett

    The word got out about this course and we’ve had tons of requests from fiddlers who’d like to join. We hear you, so we’ve reopened the registration — to access the entire recorded course — you won’t miss a thing. Sign up now to receive the class videos and teaching materials from Building Blocks #1-4.

    Thinking of each concept as a tool, learn the process of applying theory to your fiddle playing.

    Here’s a sample from our toolkit:

    • Find your way around your fingerboard
    • Understand major & minor scales and how to use them
    • Navigate key signatures like a pro
    • Learn the basics of intervals and why they’re your friends
    • Notes as numbers can help you jam – or play with anyone!
    • Understand how chords are built and find that dream double stop

    …and so much more. I’ll see you there!

  • Texas Style Tunes: Monthly Pass

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    Classes Resume in September!

    UPCOMING TUNES (Q4 2022):

    Apple Blossoms
    Flatbush Waltz
    Carroll County Blues


  • Swing Improv Workout – Monthly Class Pass

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    As always, I’ll break things down and take the mystery and stress out of the improv equation.

    October: Roly Poly (register by October 6 at 12 PM MT)
    November: Moonglow (register from October 7 – November 3 at 12 PM MT)
    December: Georgia (register from November 4 – December 1 at 12 PM MT)


  • Swing Improv Workout 10-Pack

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    Classes Resume in September!


    September: September in the Rain
    Roly Poly

  • Texas Tunes 9-Pack

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    Texas Tunes returns in September!
    1st, 2nd, and 4th WEDNESDAYS at 5 PM MT

    With our Fall 9-pack, you’ll gain an entire advanced contest round!

    • September: Breakdown – Apple Blossoms
    • October: Waltz – Flatbush Waltz
    • November: Tune of Choice – Carroll County Blues


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