guitar lessons

Flatpicking Guitar Workshop with Wyatt Rice

Join us on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm for a Flatpicking Guitar Workshop with Wyatt Rice. In this workshop, rhythm guitar master Wyatt Rice will help participants to improve and expand their arsenal of rhythmic backup techniques. Topics to be explored include tone production, cross-picking rhythm, unique bass runs, passing chords, chord substitutions, and chord inversions. Cost is $20.

2019-06-11T15:15:23-04:00June 22nd, 2019|

Back-up Guitar Workshop with John Schwab- SOLD OUT

The Handmade Music School presents a back-up guitar workshop with John Schwab on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Cost is $30. John's classes and workshops include hands-on learning, based on careful listening to classic performances from the 78 rpm era. By using recordings that have been pitch-adjusted and slowed down digitally, students learn to identify and to imitate the characteristic riffs used by the very best backup guitar players of the 1920s and 1930s.

2019-03-27T11:06:44-04:00April 27th, 2019|

Get-Together Weekend Afternoon Workshops

The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Workshops include intermediate and advanced classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance, and singing. We are opening these workshops to the public. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per workshop.

2019-03-02T18:15:11-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together

The Handmade Music School, along with The Floyd Country Store, is excited to announce the Second Annual Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together at the beautiful EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia! This amazing four day camp will take place in early spring on March 14 – 17, 2019. Instructors include Alice Gerrard, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Jere Canote, Greg Canote, Kilby Spencer, Emily Spencer, Becky Hill Mac Traynham, and Andy Buckman.

2019-03-12T13:06:16-04:00March 14th, 2019|

Music of Our Mountains One Day Workshop

The Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies are offering a Music of Our Mountains Workshop with Mac Traynham, Jenny Traynham, and Andy Buckman on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. This is an all day group lesson for intermediate fiddle, intermediate clawhammer banjo, and intermediate back-up guitar. Students will learn some "local" tunes in a danceable style that is what the Sunday Jam and Friday Night Jamboree are all about.

2018-09-06T14:33:26-04:00November 10th, 2018|

Guitar Workshop with Trevor McKenzie

The Handmade Music School presents an intermediate/advanced guitar workshop with Trevor McKenzie - All About Those Bass (Runs) on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm. This workshop will focus on developing thundering bass runs and driving rhythm on guitar in a string band setting, behind fiddle/banjo, and singing. We will take inspiration from elder string band and solo guitar players from the southwest Virginia/western North Carolina area. Attention will be paid to placing bass runs around tune melodies and using the guitar to provide a steady rhythm as well as drive/interplay with other instruments. Teaching will be predominantly by ear, however, recording is encouraged and time will be taken to break down runs and melodies.

2018-07-13T11:49:36-04:00November 3rd, 2018|

Intermediate Guitar Workshop with Carl Jones

Join the Handmade Music School for an intermediate guitar workshop with Carl Jones on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Macon, GA, Carl presently lives in Galax, VA. He is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South. Carl’s songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others.

2018-08-16T08:24:13-04:00September 23rd, 2018|

Bluegrass Improvisation Workshop with Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick

Join us on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm for an Introduction to Improvisation in Bluegrass (Guitar & Mandolin) with Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick. Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick will provide a brief introduction of how improvisation applies to bluegrass music and show you how to incorporate improvisational playing into your song repertoire. Using mandolin and guitar, Scott and Abe will discuss melodic and improvised approaches to songs and tunes, and how to use both approaches with ease.

2018-07-13T11:50:03-04:00September 1st, 2018|

Old-Time Fiddle, Banjo & Guitar One Day Workshop

The Floyd Country Store's Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies are offering a one day workshop for fiddle, banjo, and guitar featuring old-time dance music of the Blue Ridge, led by Andy Buckman, Mac Traynham, and Jenny Traynham. The class takes place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at The Floyd Country Store.

2018-01-26T09:55:26-04:00May 5th, 2018|

Bluegrass Improvisation Workshop with Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick

Join us on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm for Beginner/Intermediate Introduction to Improvisation in Bluegrass (Guitar & Mandolin) with Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick. Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick will provide a brief introduction of how improvisation applies to bluegrass music and show you how to incorporate improvisational playing into your song repertoire. Using mandolin and guitar, Scott and Abe will discuss melodic and improvised approaches to songs and tunes, and how to use both approaches with ease.

2018-03-27T10:47:29-04:00March 31st, 2018|

Get-Together Weekend Afternoon Workshops

The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Workshops include intermediate and advanced classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance, and singing. We are opening these workshops to the public. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per workshop.

2018-03-02T15:17:02-04:00March 16th, 2018|