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    Beginner Mandolin

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    Obtain all the necessary skills and techniques for playing the mandolin in this introductory class. As you begin your journey into one of the finest instruments to date, you'll be introduced to forming chord shapes, playing melodies, tuning, and rhythm. Embrace the instrument that's been made famous for being used in many romantic Italian concertos. Because of its beautiful sound, the mandolin can always be found in country music, folk music, and bluegrass. Begin your musical journey now and discover a hidden talent you never knew you had.
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    Beginner Banjo - Clawhammer

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    Hey there little lion man or little lion woman! Want to learn how to play the banjo? Yes, the banjo: that different sounding instrument you heard in your favorite alternative rock or bluegrass song, where you thought, "huh, wait WHAT is that sound? I freakin' love that sound!!" Here's your chance to learn it! Discover the banjo using the clawhammer, the legendary down-picking style used in Old-Time music. You'll also get to practice written tablature and ear training, while receiving a basic foundation in this unique instrument. Do it my fellow banjo lover, go get your Neil Young on!
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    Beginner Fiddle

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    Here's an interesting fact: playing a fiddle is even more fun than saying the word "fiddle." Fiddling, however, is the act of playing a fiddle instrument, a member of the viol family. During this basic introduction, you'll learn the fundamental techniques of playing the fiddle, including how to play major scales and basic "fiddle" rhythms. This class is perfect for beginners because it's taught completely by ear! Express your creativity, learn the basics, and who knows, maybe play a love song for the world.
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    Beginner Traditional Singing

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    When you're around the right people it doesn't matter if you're a good or bad singer, because they'll always listen, give you tips, offer feedback, and smile when they see you smiling -- that's exactly what this class offers. Learn how to sing songs from a range of genres, while exploring the nuances of each, and gaining insights into fundamental techniques like style, tone, timing, pitch, ornamentation, and harmony. On top of it all, this class contains online features, like lyrics, recordings, and other helpful materials. Tell your story through the songs you'll sing.
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    Beginner Banjo - Fingerpicking

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    Hey there little lion man or little lion woman! Want to learn how to play the banjo using the fingerpicking style? Yes -- the banjo: that different sounding instrument you heard in your favorite alternative rock or bluegrass song, where you thought, "huh, wait WHAT is that sound? I freakin' love that sound!!" Here's your chance to learn it using the fingerpicking style! With Jalopy Theatre, learn how to play fingerpicking patterns, banjo tuning, three chords, a simple yet beautiful melody, songs in the fingerpicking tradition, and the basics of playing along with others. Do it my fellow banjo lover, go get your Earl Scruggs on!
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    Beginner Ukulele

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    Whenever you hear a ukulele being strummed, doesn't it make you just want to jump up and blurt out "Yodel-Ay-Hee-Hoo!" Alright, maybe not all the time, but it definitely makes you want to learn it. With Jalopy Theatre, you will get the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of playing the ukulele, and gain insight into forming chord shapes, playing melodies, tuning, and rhythm. This introductory class is great for beginners, with absolutely no musical background required. Embrace the ukulele, and play that distinct sound the world can't help but adore.
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    Vocal Harmony Basics

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    When people think of America, images of excess, stupidity, and maybe a Kardashian come to mind. But rooted in this country's deep history resides traditional, old-time harmony singing. This class dives into the joys of American singing, including harmonies of bluegrass, old time, early country and gospel. You will learn the fundamentals of singing close harmony with others and develop an understanding of chords and intervals. You'll even gain the knowledge to find harmony parts by yourself. This isn't Taylor Swift country music. It's old-fashioned America at its finest.
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    Beginner Guitar

    Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
    Strum like Bob Dylan, sing it like Hank Williams, and keep the good times rocking and rolling by learning the guitar! In this beginners class, discover the basic fundamentals of playing the instrument prevalent in most genres of music. You will be trained on forming chord shapes, reading music, tuning, and learning rhythms. Practice songs like "Wanted Man" by Bob Dylan, and do something interesting for a change. Be cool, be yourself... learn the guitar!
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