- School of Music class
*THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS*
Join the Bluegrass Ensemble and get some experience playing with mandolin players, fiddlers, guitarists, vocalists, and more. This class will focus on Bluegrass songs and tunes, but will also touch on Americana, folk, blues, country, and old-time, depending on students’ interests. The specific genres and songs will depend on which instruments are represented in the ensemble. Students should have basic knowledge about chords and how to play their instrument. All instruments are welcome!
Brittany and I will be running the ensemble as long as it’s online with 30%-50% of class-time as a ‘workshop-prep’ class with some analytical focus on a tune (zeroing in on the melody, handing out tab/notation for people to work on throughout the week if they have time) for those of you who are looking to go deeper into the material. Sending out sample-solos and the basic forms of the melody are a couple of things we will do. The other 70%-50% will be spent casually playing along picking from a big folder of repertoire. If folks want to lead songs they’re welcome to, if you just want to jam casually and noodle with ideas and melodies/harmonies, that’s great too! The idea of the jam-along section is you get exposed to repertoire and it’s about the closest thing we can do to hanging out and playing music right now!
This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Wednesdays: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14.
Please note: Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.
- Old Time
A brilliant and free-thinking mind…you’ll be glad to know him” – Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers)
Stash Wyslouch is a musician based out of the Boston area. He currently leads his own band, The Stash Band, that’s been described by the Boston Herald as a “Sonic Kaleidoscopic of Weirdness and Wonder.” Stash plays guitar in Old-Time Appalachian Stringband trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and can also be found playing guitar with the Jacob Jolliff Band, Corporate Punk (Sean Trischka) and Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings. A songwriter, composer, guitarist, teacher, music appreciator and nerd, Stash is known for his whacky neo-flatpick style and inventive compositions and improvisations. He’s released two albums of original music with The Stash Band* and played on dozens of records as a supporting musician.
Bassist/vocalist Brittany Karlson is an adventurous musician with roots in jazz, American old time and bluegrass, and improvised music. She has performed across the USA, Canada, and Europe in a variety of ensemble settings, including improvised trio Letter Castle and American old-time/bluegrass/Swedish string band The Goodbye Girls. Karlson performs original songs under the moniker Karl, having released debut album “Feast Day” on Lungbasket Recordings and will release upcoming album “And the Green Grass Grows all Around” in 2020. She also has a solo project involving a comedic sound puppet show from behind the bass. As a visual artist, she makes finger puppets as well as collaborates with composer Steven Long to create collage work under the name Vanitas. Karlson is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and teaches private lessons in Jamaica Plain, Boston.