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New Years 2014

I hope you are all in the midst of enjoying a happy and healthy holiday season! I am headed out of town for a couple weeks and will likely have limited e-mail access until I return on Saturday, January 10th. But starting the week of January 11th I've got an exciting variety of classes and what I'm calling my "confirmed jam series" (which I describe below). These classes and "confirmed jam series" are being held at locations in north Cambridge, Lexington, Harvard Square, Maynard and Carlisle.


Some of these classes and jams may fill up, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you're interested in the classes I'm teaching at the Passim School of Music or Lexington Community Education, you'll need to sign up on-line using the links provided. For all the rest of the classes and jams, you can sign up simply be e-mailing me and letting me know which class and/or confirmed jam series you're interested in. Here is a quick summary of the various classes and confirmed jam series I'm offering starting in January (see below for further details):

Upcoming Classes

(1) Beginning Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar (short course)
  -  classes held at a private residence on Westford St. in Carlisle, MA 01741
  -  Sundays from 4 until 5:30 pm (note NEW class time), starting January 11th

(2) Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar
  -  classes held at the Knights of Columbus hall in Maynard
  -  Sundays from 8:30 - 9:30 pm, starting January 11th

(3) Intermediate Lead Guitar & Mandolin (joint class)
  -  classes held in north Cambridge near the Cambridge/Arlington border
  -  Mondays from 8:30 until 9:45 pm, starting January 12th

(4) Beginning Bluegrass Guitar and Mandolin (joint class)
  -  classes held at Lexington High School (251 Waltham St. in Lexington)
  -  various Tuesdays from 6:30 until 8 pm, starting January 13th

(5) Beginning Bluegrass Jamming (for all Bluegrass instruments)
  -  classes held at Lexington High School (251 Waltham St. in Lexington)
  -  various Tuesdays from 8 until 9:30 pm, starting January 13th

(6) Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar
  -  classes held at Club Passim's School of Music in Harvard Square
  -  Thursdays from 6:30 until 7:45 pm, starting January 15th

(7) Beginning Three-Part Harmony Harmony Singing
  -  classes held at Club Passim's School of Music in Harvard Square
  -  Thursdays from 8 until 9:15 pm, starting January 15th

Upcoming Confirmed Jam Series

(A) Weekend Family Slow Jam (for ALL instruments)
  -  jams held at a private residence on Westford St. in Carlisle, MA 01741
  -  Sundays from 6 - 7:30 pm (note NEW jam time), starting January 11th

(B) First 4 Songs Slow Jam (for ALL instruments)
  -  jams held in north Cambridge near the Cambridge/Arlington border
  -  Mondays from 7 - 8:30 pm, starting January 12th

(C) First 4 Songs Fast Jam (for ALL instruments)
  -  jams held in north Cambridge near the Cambridge/Arlington border
  -  Wednesdays from 7 - 8:30 pm, starting January 14th

(D) Songs Beyond 4 (for ALL instruments)
  -  jams held in north Cambridge near the Cambridge/Arlington border
  -  Wednesdays from 8:30 - 10 pm, starting January 14th
 
UPCOMING CLASSES

Here is a listing of my upcoming classes according to when they start. Please note that this list includes classes held in north Cambridge, Lexington, Harvard Square, Maynard and Carlisle.

(1) Beginning Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar (short course)  --  This class is intended for those who have played at least a little guitar before, and are able to switch between common open chords (such as G, C and D). In this course we'll learn the most important aspects of bluegrass rhythm guitar. We'll cover bluegrass-specific chords, runs between chords, various G runs, and much more. The primary goal is to provide you with the skills needed to play solid bluegrass rhythm and participate in bluegrass jams. You don't need to have previous experience playing (or even listening to) bluegrass, or playing with a pick, and you don't need to be able to read music. Students are welcome to bring a recording device, however it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes.

(1) Beginning Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar (short course)
  -  weekly on Sundays from 4 until 5:30 pm (please note the NEW class time)
  -  for guitar players who want to improve their bluegrass rhythm playing
  -  classes held at a private residence on Westford St. in Carlisle, MA 01741
  -  please note this is not the same as Westford Rd. in Concord
  -  three 90-minute classes, held Sundays from 4 until 5:30 pm
  -  class meets on January 11th, 18th and 25th
  -  please note the class on January 18th is over MLK Day weekend
  -  if too many folks are busy on 1/18, we can add a class on 2/8
  -  $90 tuition includes corresponding handouts and companion MP3s

(2) Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar  --  This class is intended for those who are new to playing lead bluegrass guitar, or who have been frustrated trying to learn before. In this course we'll learn how to read tablature (tab), how to play fiddle tunes and take breaks on vocal tunes (including carter style, crosspicking, and single-string soloing), and get an introduction to improvisation. The primary goal is to provide you with the skills needed to play lead bluegrass guitar and participate in bluegrass jams. Students do not need to have previous experience playing (or even listening to) bluegrass, and you don't need to be able to read music. Students should bring a playable acoustic guitar (ideally with steel strings) and a pick. Students are welcome to bring a recording device, however it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes.

(2) Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar
  -  most Sundays this winter from 8:30 until 9:30 pm
  -  for those who are new to lead bluegrass guitar or want a review of the basics
  -  classes held at 42 Nason St. in Maynard
  -  located directly above Anytime Fitness, entrance around the corner
  -  class held immediately after Joe LoPorto's jam in the same location
  -  seven hour-long classes, held most Sundays from 8:30 until 9:30 pm
  -  class meets on 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1 and 3/8 (no class 2/1 and 2/15)
  -  $145 tuition includes corresponding book and companion CD

(3) Intermediate Lead Guitar & Mandolin (joint class)  --  This class is intended for those who already know how to solo on at least one fiddle tune and know how to construct breaks to vocal tunes. In this course we will cover new songs, soloing ideas, licks, etc. and share our work with each other along the way. There are no prerequisite songs, and you don't need to be able to read standard notation. A corresponding book with companion CD will be provided and while students are welcome to bring a recording device, it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes. Depending on the experience level of the participants, we will most likely work on the following songs: Nine Pound Hammer, Billy in the Low ground, I am a Pilgrim and more.

(3) Intermediate Lead Guitar & Mandolin (joint class)
  -  weekly on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:45 pm
  -  for guitar and mandolin players who want to expand their repertoire
  -  classes held in north Cambridge near the Cambridge/Arlington border
  -  six 75-minute classes, held every Monday from 8:30 until 9:45 pm
  -  class meets on 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9 and 2/16
  -  please note the class on Monday, January 19th is on MLK Day
  -  if too many folks are busy on 1/19, we can add a class on 2/23
  -  includes a corresponding book and companion CD
  -  $135 for BBU members ($145 for non-members)

(4) Beginning Bluegrass Guitar and Mandolin at Lexington Community Education  --  Starting on Tuesday, January 13th, I will be teaching a course for both guitar and mandolin at Lexington Community Education held in the Lexington High School. The Beginning Bluegrass Guitar and Mandolin class will meet from 6:30 until 8 pm on January 13th, 20th and 27th, and February 10th and 24th (with make-up dates on March 10th, 24th and 31st if necessary).

The Beginning Bluegrass Guitar and Mandolin class is intended for those who are new to playing lead bluegrass guitar and/or mandolin, or those who have been frustrated trying to learn to play lead before. In this course we'll learn how to read tablature (tab), and we will focus on learning the classic fiddle tune Old Joe Clark as means to introduce a variety of lead soloing techniques. The primary goal is to provide you with the skills needed to play lead bluegrass guitar and mandolin and participate in bluegrass jams. Students do not need to have previous experience playing (or even listening to) bluegrass, and you don't need to be able to read music. Students should bring a playable mandolin or acoustic guitar (ideally with steel strings) and a pick. Handouts and corresponding mp3's will be provided and while students are welcome to bring a recording device, it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes.

(4) Beginning Bluegrass Guitar and Mandolin (joint class)
  -  various Tuesdays from 6:30 until 8 pm
  -  for those who are new to lead bluegrass guitar and/or mandolin
  -  classes held at Lexington High School (251 Waltham St. in Lexington)
  -  five (5) 90-minute classes held various Tuesdays from 6:30 until 8 pm
  -  class meets on January 13th, 20th and 27th, and February 10th and 24th
  -  with make-up dates on March 10th, 24th and 31st if necessary
  -  $100 tuition ($75 for seniors) includes handouts and companion MP3s
  -  visit www.lexingtoncommunityed.org/detail.php?q=MGUI for details

(5) Beginning Bluegrass Jamming (for all Bluegrass instruments) at Lexington Community Education  --  Starting on Tuesday, January 13th, I will be teaching a jamming course at Lexington Community Education held in the Lexington High School. The Beginning Bluegrass Jamming (for all Bluegrass instruments) class will meet from 8 until 9:30 pm on January 13th, 20th and 27th, and February 10th and 24th (with make-up dates on March 10th, 24th and 31st if necessary).

The Beginning Bluegrass Jamming (for all Bluegrass instruments) class is open to all bluegrass instruments: banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass and Dobro a.k.a. resophonic guitar, and is geared towards beginner and intermediate musicians who are interested in learning how to play with other musicians. We will focus on the basics of bluegrass jamming such as keeping time, non-verbal communication and jam etiquette. The primary goal is to provide the students with the skills and experience needed to participate in bluegrass jams. There are no prerequisite songs, and you don't need to be able to play leads on your instrument, sing, or read music. Students should be able to play melodies and/or backup parts (i.e. guitarists should be able to switch between chords comfortably). Students are welcome to bring a recording device, however it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes. Limited to 10 students.

(5) Beginning Bluegrass Jamming (for all Bluegrass instruments)
  -  various Tuesdays from 8 until 9:30 pm
  -  for those who want to jam with other bluegrass musicians
  -  classes held at Lexington High School (251 Waltham St. in Lexington)
  -  five (5) 90-minute classes held various Tuesdays from 8 until 9:30 pm
  -  class meets on January 13th, 20th and 27th, and February 10th and 24th
  -  with make-up dates on March 10th, 24th and 31st if necessary
  -  $100 tuition ($75 for seniors) includes handouts and companion MP3s
  -  visit www.lexingtoncommunityed.org/detail.php?q=MBLU for details

(6) Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar at Passim School of Music  --  Starting on Thursday, January 15th I will be teaching a six-session guitar course at Club Passim's School of Music in Harvard Square. The Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar class will meet from 6:30 until 7:45 pm from January 15th through February 26th (with no class on February 5th). The cost is $120 for Passim members ($140 for non-members), and further details can be found at http://passim.org/school/beginning-bluegrass-lead-flatpicking-guitar-tony-watt-0

The Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar class is intended for those who are new to playing lead bluegrass guitar, or who have been frustrated trying to learn before. In this course we'll learn how to read tablature (tab), how to play fiddle tunes and take breaks on vocal tunes (including carter style, crosspicking, and single-string soloing), and get an introduction to improvisation. The primary goal is to provide you with the skills needed to play lead bluegrass guitar and participate in bluegrass jams. Students do not need to have previous experience playing (or even listening to) bluegrass, and you don't need to be able to read music. Students should bring a playable acoustic guitar (ideally with steel strings) and a pick. Handouts and corresponding mp3's will be provided and while students are welcome to bring a recording device, it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes.

(6) Beginning Bluegrass Lead Flatpicking Guitar
  -  weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 until 7:45 pm
  -  for those who are new to lead bluegrass guitar or want a review of the basics
  -  classes held at Club Passim's School of Music in Harvard Square
  -  six 75-minute classes, held every Thursday from 6:30 until 7:45 pm
  -  class meets on January 15th, 22nd and 29th and February 12th, 19th and 26th
  -  includes corresponding handouts and companion MP3s
  -  $120 for Passim members ($140 for non-members)
  -  http://passim.org/school/beginning-bluegrass-lead-flatpicking-guitar-tony-watt-0

(7) Beginning Three-Part Harmony Singing at Passim School of Music  --  The Beginning Three-Part Harmony Singing class is focused on two core skills: learning how to determine harmonies, and learning to teach yourself to sing harmonies using your instrument as a guide. We will focus on a handful of common folk/country/bluegrass vocal tunes, and there will be homework each week including both singing and determining harmonies. There are no prerequisite songs, and you don't need to be able to read music or play lead. The Harmony Singing class is open to all instruments, all levels - both rhythm and lead players - but it is geared towards those who have trouble finding harmonies on their instrument and/or with their voice. You will need to bring an instrument with you to class each week, and although it's not required, I recommend you familiarize yourself with the G Major scale in the first position of your instrument. Students are welcome to bring a recording device, however it's not necessary as I will be recording each class and sharing the recordings between classes.

(7) Beginning Three-Part Harmony Singing
  -  weekly on Thursdays from 8 until 9:15 pm
  -  for those who want to learn how to determine and sing harmonies
  -  classes held at Club Passim's School of Music in Harvard Square
  -  six 75-minute classes, held every Thursday from 8 until 9:15 pm
  -  class meets on January 15th, 22nd and 29th and February 12th, 19th and 26th
  -  includes corresponding handouts and companion MP3s
  -  $120 for Passim members ($140 for non-members)
  -  http://passim.org/school/beginning-three-part-harmony-singing-tony-watt

And of course if you don't see a class offered that you'd like to take, or have any questions whatsoever please e-mail me at tonywatt@gmail.com

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