Bluegrass Instrumentals for Mandolin, Guitar, and Fiddle

with Maxfield Anderson

Wednesday, July 31, 2024


Bluegrass Instrumentals for Mandolin, Guitar, and Fiddle

  • Bluegrass
  • Fiddle
  • In-Person Classes
  • Instrumental


Bluegrass Instrumentals is an intermediate 4-week course solely dedicated to learning bluegrass “fiddle tunes”. Each week we will learn one new tune, at a comfortable pace. Notation and video recaps will be provided. Open to mandolin, fiddle, and acoustic guitar.
 A note from the instructor, Maxfield Anderson:
“A new tune every week. Melody and chords. Plain and simple. And I couldn’t think of a better textbook than the quintessential bluegrass record ‘Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe’. These are the MUST-KNOW tunes for all bluegrass musicians – every single track on this record is a jam session standard! We will break tunes down into manageable chunks and reasonable tempos, as well as play previous week’s tunes together to help commit them to muscle memory. My goal for this course is to give folks helpful insight into the process of listening, learning, and practicing their instruments, and of course a batch of brand new tunes.”
Tune List:

Road to Columbus
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
Big Sandy River
Ashland Breakdown
Monroe’s Hornpipe (alternate)


at least one year experience of bluegrass jamming, ensembles, etc.
comfortable playing melody and rhythm at moderate tempos

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm ET on Wednesdays Jul. 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, Aug. 21, (Make up: Aug 28)

Please note: Limited to students age 16 and up. Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 2 hours before the class begins. 4 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.

Maxfield Anderson

  • Bluegrass
  • Roots

Maxfield Anderson is an American roots multi-instrumentalist, teacher, writer and music director, currently living in Somerville, MA. As an artist, Maxfield aims to bring new light to honored traditions and to share the joy of making music with others.

Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Maxfield’s home was filled with an array of musical styles. After years of playing violin, his attention was taken hold by bluegrass and western swing fiddle, quickly leading him to discover the mandolin. He moved to Boston to study mandolin and American roots music at Berklee College of Music. Additionally, Max is a proficient guitar player, and after a year of isolation, finally broke down and added clawhammer banjo to the repertoire.

Teaching music has always been a big part of Max’s artistry. He believes that traditional music is an excellent vessel for understanding an instrument and finding your own voice as a musician. Teaching at Club Passim since 2020, Max has taught group courses in Beginner & Intermediate Mandolin, Bluegrass Ensemble (co-taught with Trevin Nelson), and Intro to Tune Writing. He also offers private instruction on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, music theory, and tune writing out of his home studio.

In addition to performing and teaching, Maxfield recently wrote and music directed the ‘Homegrown Stringband’ roots trio at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. The trio performed authentic bluegrass, folk, and old time string band music throughout the summer season of 2022.

Maxfield graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BFA in Music Performance. He is an active gigging musician in the Boston music scene, and has toured throughout the Northeast playing listening rooms, ball rooms, bar rooms, back rooms, front porches and festival stages.

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