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Bluegrass Ensembles

A chance to learn how to play your instrument with others in a bluegrass jam setting.

Winter 2018 

If you are interested, or have questions, please


Bluegrass Ensemble 102

This class is designed for bluegrass students who are getting more comfortable with taking "breaks" and playing rhythm at moderate tempos. If you are looking to learn the secret hand shakes of bluegrass that aren't explained at the jams, then this class will take that mystery away and make you a more competent and informed player. By the way, it's a lot of fun too.

These classes will cover more material than the beginner ensembles, in the same amount of time. There will be focus on kick-offs/endings, what role your instrument plays in the group (rhythm and lead), encouragement to learn melodies by ear, potentially taking improvised breaks, and much more. All of these elements will be catered to your comfort level. 

Prior to the start of class a few fiddle tunes will be picked by the instructor so that you can start practicing before class starts. Each student will have the opportunity to pick a song that they would like to play with the class. Those songs will be learned, and performed by the whole group. After the last class meeting the group will play in public at a Boulder location.

Instructor: Robby Loeb
Class size: For any class to run, there must be at least 4 people signed up.

There are five classes, please choose one. 

Session 1

What time: Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9pm
Duration: 11 weeks. January 9 -March 20

Session 2 

What time: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7pm
Duration: 11 weeks. January 10 -March 21

Session 3  

What time: Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9pm
Duration: 12 weeks. January 10 -March 21

session 4

What time:  Thursdays, 5:30-7pm
Duration: 12 weeks. January 11 -March 22

Session 5 

What time:  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9pm
Duration: 12 weeks. January 11 -March 22

Performance

Friday, March 23rd at Nyland Common House, 3524 Nyland Way, Lafayette, CO 80026

Potluck at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm

Price

$32 per class.  $352 for the whole session.

You may drop-in on your first class and pay $32 to see if you like it prior to registering for the whole class.  If you are planning on dropping in on a class please contact us to confirm that there is space.  You may also sign up for a private introductory lesson with the instructor to see which class is best suited for your skill level.


Bluegrass Ensemble 101

This class is designed for the beginning bluegrass player.  In order to get the most out of this class, you should be able to switch between chords and/or hold rhythm on your instrument.  The class will focus on how to play in a group setting successfully.  You will learn how to kick-off and end a song, what role your instrument plays while taking a solo and playing rhythm, what standard bluegrass song format is (The I, IV, V), and much more.

Prior to the start of class a few fiddle tunes will be picked by the instructor so that you can start practicing before class starts.  Each student will have the opportunity to pick a song that they would like to play with the class.  Those songs will be learned, and performed by the whole group.  After the last class meeting the group will play in public at a Boulder location.  If you are looking to learn the secret hand shakes of bluegrass that aren't explained at the jams, then this class will take that mystery away and make you a more competent and informed player.  By the way, it's a lot of fun too.

Instructor: Robby Loeb
What time:  There will be no 101 class this session. 
Duration: 
Class size: 

Performance

Friday, March 23rd at Nyland Common House, 3524 Nyland Way, Lafayette, CO 80026

Potluck at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm

Price

$32 per class.  $352 for the whole session.

You may drop-in on your first class and pay $32 to see if you like it prior to registering for the whole class.  If you are planning on dropping in on a class please email us to confirm that there is space.  You may also sign up for a private introductory lesson with the instructor to see which class is best suited for your skill level.