String Band

String Band

Jan 29 - Mar 19 (WED 7:00PM - 8:30PM) | Course Cost: $225.00

About the Course

Kerry Fischer
In Person
Age Requirement
All Levels
Class Capacity
Materials Required

Just your instruments! 

Total Hours


This course is taught in the old-time tradition of learning by ear, and each week students will learn one new tune that they will focus on to perfect their technique. Going beyond the typical “jam session,” this course was developed to elevate players’ ear training, harmonizing, and to help grow musician communication styles for future old-time circles. Each day, a Cornish College accompanist will join the group to ensure a solid rhythm section is always available. Make sure to register today as spots are available on a first- come, first-served basis.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learning by ear: developing listening skills 
  • Repertoire of old-time tunes and songs, including common melodies and lyrics
  • Playing in different keys and tunings 
  • Exploring traditional rhythmic patterns (e.g., drones, syncopation)
  • Harmonizing and arranging tunes for string band instrumentation
  • Understanding the role of each instrument in a string band
  • Techniques for improvisation and variation within traditional tunes