Starting in September our School of Music will be overflowing with workshops, classes and music lessons for kids, teens and adults. We’ve got classes planned for guitar, banjo, ukulele, djembe, fiddle, bodhran, marimba, harmonica, performance and even a brand new OFC Youth Choir! Here’s a detailed description for each workshop: Kids, Youth and Teen Workshops: […]
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This class will focus on building a strong foundation in learning to play the guitar. No prior knowledge of the guitar is needed. By the end of the course we will explore 10 songs that focus on essential guitar skills such as strumming, picking, finger picking and learning where the notes & chords fall on the fretboard.
Mondays 4-5pm, 8 weeks, starting Sept 22nd, $136 member price ($156 non-members).
The D-28 is the Dreadnought by which all others are judged. This instrument has been a favorite of artists from Hank Williams Sr. to Jimmy Page. Massive bass response balanced with articulate highs makes this a benchmark acoustic guitar and a must-have for every guitarist. Perfect for the intermediate and advanced player. Guitar of choice for Martin Ambassadors Ben Howard, Del McCoury, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, Dirty Guvnahs, and Loudon Wainwright III.
Do you play fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar or bass, and want to play old-time music with others? Here’s your chance! While giving a nod to some of the classic old time American string -bands, this “string-band” class will get you playing, singing and generally having a good time making music together. Bring instruments, and a couple of tunes / songs, and we’ll see what we can do. If you play multiple instruments, you may want to take the road less traveled, to help with the variety of sound and texture. Non-string instruments are welcome too, though we reserve the right to ration and re-direct multiple percussion instruments (washboard, bodhran, spoons, etc.).
Dylan has been playing guitar since his early teens. At the age of 13 he started teaching workshops to young guitar players after school and on weekends. In his teen years he played lead guitar in a metal band and perfected his shredding skills. That band produced 2 albums and played regularly at Ottawa venues like Café Dekuf, Mavericks and Babylon.
After graduation Dylan decided to put school on hold and dedicate his time to perfecting his music skills. He now studies & plays Gypsy Jazz and Finger Style Acoustic guitar, influenced by guitar legends like Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Reed, Django Reienhardt, Frank Vignola. He also enjoys all forms of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and Jazz.
Dylan offers patient instruction, encouragement and support for students, whatever their level. Students will appreciate the practical knowledge that he brings to music instruction through his own learning and playing experiences.
The Larrivee RS-4 Monterey Electric Guitar features a single piece of mahogany body & neck, Canadian maple top plate, Indian rosewood fretboard, ebony veneer headstock, Klusons Tulip Tip tuners, Tonepros bridge & tailstop, durable ultra-gloss UV polyester finish, Generation III Larrivee Standard bridge & neck humbuckers, Schaller strap locks, nickel & chrome hardware and comes with a free hardshell case.
This is a weekly collective for students of the guitar to practice together, share knowledge and learn together. Guitarists of all levels are welcome and encouraged to take part. An instructor will be present for the first half hour to answer questions and to make sure that the information we are sharing with each other is correct. Bring your unique musical background and tastes, share tips and tricks you’ve learned, or bring a favourite song you’d like to learn – or have learned and would like to share with the group! $5 per session, no comittment necessary, come when you can. Saturdays at 2:00pm.
Open tunings introduce a new world of sounds for guitar players, especially when fingerpicking. In this workshop, we will learn to play in several open tunings and we will focus on how to use the harmonic elements of the tunings to create moving bass lines within chord passages, especially in the fingerpicking style. We will also learn how to keep the tunings organized in our playing to reduce confusion and contradiction between tunings. Students should have basic fingerpicking skills and know the principal folk keys on guitar.
The Jet belongs to Cordoba’s Fusion series, a line of high quality crossover or hybrid style nylon string guitars designed to play & feel like steel string acoustics. Most notably, the necks are carved thinner than traditional Spanish-style “classical” guitars & have a nut width of 1 7/8”. These slimmer dimensions combined with a radiused fingerboard give the Fusion series the feel & playability that most steel string & electric guitar players are used to.
Get your campfire song-singin’ skills warmed up with this brand new song circle hosted by Arthur McGregor. Bring your guitar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin (or any other instrument that you feel like playing!) and a song for the group to sing along to. Everybody is welcome. Wednesday July 23rd – 7:30-8:30pm, $5.