Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Taborgrass Scholarship Fund

One of our students has generously contributed $400. to Taborgrass to establish a scholarship fund!  This means that Taborgrass now has a Taborgrass Scholarship Fund.

This fund will serve as a resource for students who need financial help in furthering their musical education. It will also serve as a safe place for others to make contributions to a good cause.

The Taborgrass Scholarship Fund needs to hear from you!  If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance, please let Greg know. If you know of an educational project that needs funding, let Greg know. Greg will also take your contributions at any time. He will also give periodic reports on the status of the fund.

I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful music community in Portland. Thank you anonymous donor! You rock!! 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taborgrass Fall Workshops Schedule

We have several great workshops coming up this fall with some outstanding players and teachers.

The workshops will be on Saturdays from 11:30am to 1pm

  • Saturday, October 17th:  Fiddle workshop with Annie Staninec ($10) 
  • Saturday, October 24th: Vocal workshop with Linda Leavitt (Donation jar) 
  • Saturday, November 7th: Banjo workshop with Mike Stahlman ($10) 
  • Saturday, November 14th: Guitar workshop with Greg Stone (Donation jar) 
  • Saturday, November 21st: Mandolin workshop with Brian Oberlin ($10)

This is a great opportunity to learn new things from some of the top musicians in Portland. Plan to attend if you can!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Tune! Flowers of Edinburgh

Flowers of Edinburgh now joins our Taborgrass catalog of tunes!  Find it on our Music page.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sign up now for the Kathy Barwick Crosspick Guitar Workshop on Thursday, October 8th

Kathy Barwick Crosspick Guitar Workshop
Thursday, October 8th
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
at St. David of Wales Church

Crosspicking — invented by mandolinist Jesse McReynolds, and made popular by flatpickers George Shuffler, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Clarence White and Tony Rice — is a wonderful technique for flatpicking guitarists. The technique, which focuses on playing across three adjacent strings, results in marvelous syncopation, and can really “fill out” your playing.

In this two and a half hour workshop, we’ll look first at the two right-hand crosspicking techniques you need to know. Then, we’ll explore fingerboard strategies that will allow you to integrate crosspicking into your solos. We’ll look at how to use these techniques in both tunes and song solos.

Workshop level: guitarists from intermediate to advanced will find this workshop useful. Beginners are also welcome and will find the workshop interesting and informative even if technically beyond their current abilities.

Contact Linda Leavitt to register at lleavitt@comcast.net

About Kathy

Multi-instrumentalist Kathy Barwick has been teaching music for more than 40 years. As a popular columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, Kathy has covered the crosspicking technique in depth and is known for her ability to break down the technique in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step method that gets you crosspicking within an hour. She has taught at such prestigious music camps as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp and the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, and has conducted guitar workshops from California to Dublin, Ireland.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Taborgrass starts up again on Saturday, September 12th

Taborgrass starts its 2015-2016 season on Saturday, September 12th and will continue every Saturday and through the holidays until our graduation day on Saturday, May 21st.

The morning class will have its song and tune list as we've done every year.  This year for the first time, the afternoon class will also have a specific song and tune list that we will cover for the year.

This year I am very excited to be introducing what we will call  "The Sessions".  The Sessions will go from 1pm to 2:30pm every Saturday and will be led by professional bluegrass musicians! The Sessions will be for students that have advanced from the morning and afternoon classes and want to continue to be part of our wonderful Taborgrass community. These students will also be encouraged to hang out for the soup break at 2:30 and to help out with the afternoon class jams.

Starting lineups for this year's Taborgrass;

Morning Class

Boil Them Cabbage Down
You Are My Sunshine
Cripple Creek
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Soldier's Joy
Bury Me Beneath The Willow
Old Joe Clark
I'll Fly Away
Angel Band
Red Haired Boy
Amazing Grace
St. Anne's Reel
Nine Pound Hammer
Cherokee Shuffle
Long Journey Home
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Old Home Place

Afternoon Class

Billy In The Lowground
Meet Me By The Moonlight
Blackberry Blossom
Wayfaring Stranger
Salt Creek
Shady Grove
Gold Rush
Ashes of Love
Clinch Mountain Backstop
Love Of The Mountains
Angeline The Baker
Keep On The Sunny Side
Over The Waterfall
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Bill Cheatum
Rose Of Old Kentucky
Dixie Hoedown
I Am A Pilgrim

Happy pickin everyone!  See you in the fall!