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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.

2018-11-09T09:58:46+00:00March 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00May 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 16th, 2018|