Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thank you Taborgrass!

After ten wonderful years at Taborgrass, I’m announcing today that I am stepping down.

When I think of all the great times and adventures we have had over the years.  We’ve all made friends at Taborgrass, not just pickin buddies, but close and dear friends that we will have for a lifetime.  This experience has been life changing for me.

Obviously, Taborgrass would not exist without all of you.  I can't thank everyone enough for all your support of my little project.  From day one at Artichoke Music, when I set out 15 chairs for a once a month workshop, and 40 people showed up. I knew I had hit a vein and started a program that was needed in Portland.  My wish is that it continues forever.  The Taborgrass community is now over 100 musicians strong and growing.  Taborgrass jams are starting up everywhere.  I’m so proud of all of you and the progress we all have made!  I hope to see all of you at Taborgrass and wherever there are fun people playing fun music!  Happy pickin!!

Greg

Welcome Kaden Hurst!

To many of you, Kaden needs no introduction for he has been the Second Year Class instructor at Taborgrass for the past 2 years.  Today I am excited to announce that Kaden Hurst will now be leading all activities at Taborgrass!

A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Kaden is instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter in the award winning band “Never Come Down”.  If you haven’t been to one of their live shows, you are missing out.  Portland is so lucky to have them.

Kaden will be bringing members of his band to Taborgrass as well as an array of local talent, young and old.  I know that Taborgrass will be in good hands!  Thank you Kaden Hurst!!

Look for future announcements on jams, workshops and classes at Taborgrass as we navigate through these current times.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Taborgrass Workshops Coming This Fall!

Taborgrass will be conducting workshops this fall at Waverly.  Because of COVID we are not able to hold our normal classes at this time.  Workshops will be small and follow the COVID 19 protocol.  We will be announcing specific workshops very soon. 

We sure miss everyone and hope all is well with you! (and that you are practicing with all this extra time you have!).  Can’t wait to get back to normal classes, but for now we have to be safe and patient.  Hang in there and Happy Pickin! 

Greg.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Thank You Linda Leavitt!

Taborgrass is sad to announce that Linda Leavitt will be leaving us. She has decided to pursue her own projects which will include teaching and workshops. We wish her all the best. 

Linda was very dedicated to Taborgrass. Not only was she a wonderful instructor, she was also the “Face of Taborgrass” and added so much joy to the experience. Linda worked very hard behind the scenes to make Taborgrass what it is today. She managed our Facebook site, spearheaded our Open Mic Nights, and did our promotional work, just to name a few things. She will be very much missed. Linda will always have a seat at Taborgrass and we look forward to hosting more of her workshops in the future.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Whiskey Deaf Live on Facebook!

John and Annie of Whiskey Deaf will be playing an hour of their own brand of bluegrass and early country gospel songs live streaming on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whiskeydeaf/ from 10am to 11am on Sundays! You don't need Facebook to watch, but if you do have it, please drop a comment and say hello!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

New Song to Learn! Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

Good Morning Taborgrassers!

We have a new song in our catalog for you to learn called Blue Ridge Mountain Blues.

Find it on our Music page.

Happy pickin' and singin!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Taborgrass Classes Are Cancelled Until Further Notice


I encourage all students to keep practicing your music.

Here are the lists of songs and tunes that we have learned this year for you to keep working on.  Remember that the goal is getting away from reading the music and memorizing tunes and lyrics of your favorites.  Speed is not priority.  Accuracy and proper technique IS…..Remember your down-ups.  Remember good posture.

First Year 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
  • Liberty
  • I Saw The Light
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Angel Band
  • St. Anne’s Reel
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Long Journey Home


Second Year Class
  • Old Home Place
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast
  • Meet Me By The Moonlight
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • Billy In The Lowground
  • Shady Grove
  • Dixie Hoedown
  • Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  • Salt Creek
  • Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley
  • Gold Rush
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me
  • Blackberry Blossom
  • Love Of The Mountains
  • Bill Cheatum

I miss everyone.  Stay home, be safe.  I’ll be in touch.  Thanks!  Greg.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Taborgrass Cancelled This Saturday, March 14th


There will be no classes held at Taborgrass this Saturday due to concerns about the coronavirus.  

Practice your music at home and stay safe!  I’ll check in again next week.  

Thanks, Greg.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 14th


First Year Class
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Long Journey Home

Second Year Class
  • Blackberry Blossom
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Listen to KBOO radio this Saturday from 9am to 12noon - Linda Leavitt interview Ellie Hakanson


Listen to KBOO radio this Saturday from 9am to 12noon!  90.7 on your dial. 

Linda Leavitt will be interviewing Ellie Hakanson as they will be talking about women in bluegrass.  

It is also Linda’s birthday, so you can call the station and wish her a happy birthday by calling the studio at 503 231 8187.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Taborgrass Open Mic This Friday Night, March 6th!


Taborgrass Open Mic is this Friday, March 6th at Waverly.  Doors open at 6pm for jamming and warm up. There will be pizza. Show starts at 7pm. Looking forward to a great evening of fun.

Please come share your talents with us! Or come support your fellow students. It’s a great opportunity to be on stage and in front of a mic even if it is for the first time for you. The audiences are wonderful and very supportive.

Suggested $10. donation.  Pizza is $5.  BYOB.

Hope to see you there!  Thanks!  Greg and Linda

Monday, March 2, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 7th

First Year Class

  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Long Journey Home  in G

Second Year Class

  • Blackberry Blossom
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me    in G


Monday, February 17, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 22nd


First Year Class

                • St. Anne’s Reel
                • Nine Pound Hammer

Second Year Class

                • Shady Grove    in Dm
                • Love Of The Mountains

Monday, February 10, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 15th

First Year Class

  • St. Anne’s Reel
  • Nine Pound Hammer

Second Year Class

  • Shady Grove    in Am
  • Love Of The Mountains


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Taborgrass Open Mic This Friday, February 7th!


Taborgrass Open Mic is this Friday, February 7th at Waverly.  Doors open at 6pm for jamming and warm up. There will be pizza. Show starts at 7pm. Looking forward to a great evening of fun.

Please come share your talents with us! Or come support your fellow students. It’s a great opportunity to be on stage and in front of a mic even if it is for the first time for you. The audiences are wonderful and very supportive.

Suggested $10. donation.  Pizza is $5.  BYOB.

Hope to see you there!  Thanks!  Greg and Linda

Monday, February 3, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 8th

First Year Class

  • St. Anne’s Reel
  • Nine Pound Hammer    in G

Second Year Class

  • Shady Grove   in Am
  • Love Of The Mountains


Monday, January 27, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 1st

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 1st

First Year Class

  • Red Haired Boy
  • Angel Band

Second Year Class

  • Love Of The Mountains    in G
  • Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, January 18th

First Year Class

  • Red Haired Boy
  • Angel Band

Second Year Class

  • Lamplighting Time In The Valley
  • Bill Cheatum


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Class Assignments for Saturday, January 11th


First Year Class
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Angel Band  in G

Second Year Class
  • Bill Cheatum
  • Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley