Bluegrass Classes



Let the Old Town School help you start playing a truly American style music.

The Old Town School is proud to be the home of the largest and most cohesive bluegrass program in the city. Our staff of incredible bluegrass musicians will take your playing to the next level!

Be sure read the class descriptions to see the needed level of proficiency on your instrument of choice.

Introduction to Bluegrass Guitar »

This is a wonderful place to start improving your skills with a pick. We'll spend time with different rhythms while learning some classic tunes from this American genre. John is talented , exciting and committed teacher who will get you your engaged on this journey.

Introduction to Bluegrass Guitar »   John Huber »    »   

List of All Bluegrass Courses for Adults (28 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Jonas Friddle or Matt Brown

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Dave Bragman

The first of five classes in the Bluegrass Banjo series that will take you through the techniques needed to play in a bluegrass style.

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Saturday with Dave Bragman

Now you've got some chords, right hand rolls, and tunes under your fingers, Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire will teach tunes that will strengthen your bluegrass skills.

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Pick up some advanced rolls and tunes, as well as rhythm and back-up playing.

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Master advanced songs and build up the skills you have learned since Bluegrass Banjo 1.

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Keith Baumann

Put all the pieces together - the right hand rolls and changing them inside of one measure, back up and fill in licks, and vamping positions with chops and rolls.

Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Bluegrass Banjo Survival Skills

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Bluegrass Ensemble 1

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox or Nelson Mandrell

Learn the basics of playing and singing for bluegrass.

Bluegrass Ensemble 2

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Keith Baumann or John Huber

Work on advanced skills in playing rhythm behind instrument solos and vocals.

Bluegrass Ensemble 3

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz or Keith Baumann

This class will focus on a higher level of playing bluegrass music.

Free Bluegrass Jam

Adult WorkshopOpen to All

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Sunday with Staff

Songs From The Holler

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Peggy Browning

From North Carolina to Kentucky, we'll study some of the tunes and pickers from the Appalachian region.

Bluegrass Fiddle

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Chop, Pad and Shuffle For Fiddle & Mandolin

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox

This class is for mandolinists or fiddlers who would like to discover the world of rhythm that their instrument offers.

Four-Stringed Improvisation - Fiddle and Mandolin

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

This class will help you develop different modes such as melodic, pentatonic, lyrical, and blues.

Bluegrass Guitar - Rhythm and Lead

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with John Huber

You will expand your understanding of how the guitar fits in the music by learning Bluegrass standards.

Introduction to Bluegrass Guitar

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with John Huber

Begin your introduction to Bluegrass guitar with the study of classic Bluegrass songs.

Bluegrass Rhythm & Song

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

This class will cover the correct pick grip, pick control, bass runs and Bluegrass rhythm licks.

Dobro 2: Bluegrass Songs every Dobro player should know

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Intro to Flatpicking

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flatpicking Repertoire

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Build up your flatpick skills with advanced fiddle tunes, and learn note for note solos by some of the bluegrass greats.

Mandolin 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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Mandolin 1 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Take Mandolin 1 Rep if you have experience with a stringed instrument and you are comfortable learning melodies by ear and with tablature.

Mandolin 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Keith Baumann

Take Mandolin 2 to learn more challenging tunes and songs from a variety of traditions by ear and with tablature.

Mandolin 2 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Take Mandolin 2 Rep to polish your skills, learn more tunes and songs from a variety of traditions and begin learning how to arrange and improvise.

Bill Monroe Style Bluegrass Mandolin

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Ole-Time Gospel

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Gwen Pippin

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