Friday, November 20, 2020

Pre-Thanksgiving Zoom Class!

Hey Taborgrassers!

Hope everyone's doing well out there! We've got a pre-Thanksgiving Zoom Class coming your way Wednesday November 25. Hope to see you there!

We talked last week about how many different approaches to "I am a Pilgrim" there are, so we wanted to give you all some examples. Check out these three versions of it below, from Doc Watson, Clarence White and Tony Rice, and The Kentucky Colonels!


 


 


Monday, November 16, 2020

Zoom Class, Multnomah County Freeze, and Hazel & Alice!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Cruising along with our Weekly Zoom Class tomorrow! Hope to see you all there.

In keeping with the current freeze in Multnomah County, all in-person Taborgrass workshops are on hold until further notice. We'll be back in Waverly as soon as it's safe to do so. Thanks for bearing with us!

In the meantime, here's an under-cover Bill Monroe song, "The One I Love is Gone", knocked out of the park by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. Take care out there!



Saturday, November 14, 2020

11/14 Taborgrass Workshops Cancelled

Hey Taborgrassers,

Given the spike in covid cases and the governor's "freeze" in Multnomah county, we've decided to cancel tomorrow's Taborgrass workshops. 

We're sorry to do so with such little notice, and hope to get things back on track as soon as possible.  We'll be in touch about what things will look like in the coming weeks. If you were signed up for a workshop on 11/14 and haven't received an email from us, let us know at taborgrass@gmail.com. 

In the meantime, enjoy some Bluegrass Album Band playing everyone's favorite G minor fiddle tune, Cheyenne.

G-runningly,

Kaden & Patrick 


Friday, November 13, 2020

More Fiddle this weekend!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Still some space left in this Saturday's Jam Workshop and Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec! Annie's a longtime taborgrass fiddle teacher, and we're stoked to have her around!

Our weekly Zoom Class has been cruising along! We'll continue working on I am a Pilgrim, plus some new tunes. Check out Clarence and Roland White picking I am a Pilgrim and Soldier's Joy, fresh from 1973!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Zoom Class Tomorrow, and more workshops this Saturday!

 Hey Taborpals! 


Great to see some of you at last weekend's workshops! More coming atcha this week, with our Zoom Workshop this Wednesday 11/11, and Jam Workshop and Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec Saturday 11/14! So excited to have Annie back at Taborgrass, check out her playing the old time tune "Shaking Down the Acorns" with the Kathy Kallick Band below! 




We also had a surprise guest last Saturday! So great to have him back for a visit:


Friday, November 6, 2020

Workshops this Week!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Still a few spots left for tomorrow's Jam Workshop and Guitar Workshop with Patrick Connell, all about the rhythm guitar playing of Del McCoury. What a hoot!

We've also got our regular Zoom Class next Wednesday! We'll be working on "Hold Whatcha Got", "I am a Pilgrim", and the Flatt and Scruggs classic "Don't this Road look Rough and Rocky". Check out the video below for some quality Flatt and Scruggs from the Martha White show!


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Zoom Class tonight, more workshops this Saturday!

 Hey Taborpals!

Still time to register for tonight's Zoom Class! We'll be going over:
Hold Whatcha Got in G
Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky in A
Angelina Baker

We've also got our Jam Workshop this Saturday, as well as Patrick Connell's Guitar Workshop on "Boom Chuck Plus: What the Media won't tell you about Del McCoury". Come on by for some insight into how Del plays rhythm guitar!

Monday, November 2, 2020

11/7 Workshops

Hey Taborgrassers!


Hope you all had a great Halloween! We've got our weekly Zoom Class this Wednesday, in addition to Saturday's Jam Workshop and a "Boom Chuck Plus" Guitar Workshop with Patrick Connell, focusing on the rhythm guitar playing of Del McCoury.

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, October 29, 2020

10/31 Workshops

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Still space in this weekend's Jamming Workshop and Mandolin Workshop, as well as next week's Zoom Class

In last week's zoom class we discussed pentatonic scales, and I invited everyone to try learning "Angelina Baker" by ear. I made some videos on both of those topics, check them out below!





 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Zoom Class tonight, and more workshops this Saturday!

Workshops! Zoom Class tonight, and a Jam Workshop and Mandolin Workshop this Saturday!

Tonight's Zoom Class will be covering Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Fireball Mail, and Angelina Baker. Saturday's jam workshop will be about all the ins and outs of playing music with other humans, and the mandolin workshop will be all about CHOP: How to get a good sound, keep your hands from tiring out, and adapt your chop to different situations.

See you soon Taborgrassers!

Zoom Class today, and Workshop on Saturday!

 Hey Taborgrassers!


The weekly Zoom Class is happening tonight 6-7pm PST! We'll be going over Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Angelina Baker, and Fireball Mail! Check out the video below to see Patrick breakdown the melody to Fireball Mail!

Jam workshop and Mandolin workshop coming atcha this Saturday! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Taborgrass Workshops this week!

 


Hey Taborgrassers!


Another great day of Workshops yesterday! Huge thanks to everyone that came out, and to Brian Alley for teaching a banjo workshop! You can find handouts from his workshop here!
Looking forward to our Zoom Class this Wednesday, as well as our Jamming Workshop and Kaden's Mandolin Workshop this Saturday! 


See you soon!




Friday, October 23, 2020

Banjo and Jamming workshops tomorrow!

Hey pals! We've got our third weekend of socially distanced workshops at Waverly happening tomorrow! 

We've got a banjo workshop with Brian Alley, banjo player with Never Come Down and the Portland Radio Ponies. Brian's workshop will cover all the fundamentals of Scruggs-Style banjo, including rolls, chord shapes, melody playing, and linking it all together to get the hard-driving sound we're all after.

There's also a jamming workshop with Patrick and I, covering all the ins and outs of playing music with others. 

We've also got our weekly Zoom Class next Wednesday 10/28! We had some registration difficulties this week, but believe we've got things ironed out for next time. You should receive an automatic confirmation email shortly after registering, if not, please get in touch with us at taborgrass@gmail.com. Thanks for your patience while we iron out the kinks Taborgrassers!


I'll leave you all this week with a short clip of bluegrass legend Doc Watson meeting a young Michael Cleveland for the first time. They pick a few tunes, discuss their blindness, and warm all of our bluegrass hearts. See you soon Taborgrassers!

Kaden


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Zoom Class Tonight!

 Hey Taborpals!

Still time to register for tonight's Zoom Class! Join Patrick and Kaden to play through some bluegrass standards, and talk about how to hear our way through the chord changes. Tonight from 6-7pm PST!

We've also got a Banjo workshop with Brian Alley and Jamming Workshop coming up this Saturday!

Here's a little Del McCoury to get y'all through the day. See you soon Taborgrassers!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Banjo, Jamming, and Zoom workshops this week!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

This Saturday we’ve got a Jamming workshop with Patrick and Kaden covering the ins and outs of playing music with others, and a Banjo workshop with Brian Alley on the fundamentals of Scruggs-style banjo. To meet Brian, check out the video below!

We’ll also have our Weekly Zoom Workshop this Wednesday! This week we’ll cover some bluegrass standards (Fireball Mail, White Dove, and Dark Hollow) and talk about how to hear the difference between them.

See you soon!


Friday, October 16, 2020

Space available for Fiddle and Jamming workshops tomorrow!

Hey pals!

If you’re interested in attending tomorrow’s fiddle workshop with Annie Staninec or jamming workshop with Patrick Connell, now is the time to sign up! 

Sign up for Annie Staninec’s fiddle workshop here!


Sign up for Patrick Cornell’s jamming workshop here!


Hope to see you there!

Patrick and Kaden

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Workshop this Saturday: Building Bluegrass Fiddle Solos with Annie Staninec

This Saturday, Portland's own Annie Staninec is leading a fiddle workshop at Taborgrass! This workshop will focus on how to build fiddle solos for traditional bluegrass songs. The workshop is Saturday 10/17 from 11am-12:30pm. Sign up here!

If you're unfamiliar with Annie's playing, have a listen to her playing with her band Whiskey Deaf at Wintergrass in 2017


This Saturday will also feature a jam workshop with Patrick Connell from 1-2:30pm. Sign up here!

Lastly, the first Taborgrass zoom class is TONIGHT 10/14 from 6-7pm. Info and signups here!

Hope to see you there!


Monday, October 12, 2020

Zoom Class, Jam Workshop, and Fiddle with Annie Staninec!


 Hey Taborgrassers!

It was great to see some of you this past weekend! A huge thanks to everyone who attended the guitar workshop with Patrick Connell and the jam class. 

The first Taborgrass Zoom class is happening this Wednesday 10/14 from 6-7pm. You can sign up for that here!

We've also got a fiddle workshop with Annie Staninec and the weekly jam workshop with Patrick and I happening this Saturday 10/17. Space is limited! Sign up for Annie's fiddle workshop here, and the jam workshop here.

So excited to keep playing music with all of you! If you've got any questions, get in touch at taborgrass@gmail.com.

Happy picking!

Kaden

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Taborgrass workshops at Waverly are starting October 10!

Hey Taborgrassers,

Thanks for jamming with me!

In case you haven’t heard, Taborgrass workshops at Waverly are starting October 10! Workshop attendance is limited to 10 people per workshop, so be sure to sign up at the links below if you’d like to attend. Zoom class is open to as many people as the internet can fit!

10/10 Guitar Workshop with Patrick Connell: https://forms.gle/k9dp6BfrkW76YUiF8
10/10 Jam Workshop with Patrick and Kaden: https://forms.gle/NNWXgvMPwn7Vbsdw8
10/14 Zoom Class: https://forms.gle/1BPMU1hJDtyojCtW9

Hope to see you soon!

Kaden

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Two pieces of good news for Taborgrassers!

Hey Taborgrassers!

Two pieces of good news for you. 

Good news #1: Taborgrass Classes and Workshops are beginning October 10! Details below.

Good news #2: Patrick Connell, my good good pal and frequent Taborgrass instructor, is jumping on board to run Taborgrass with me. He’s a fantastic source of bluegrass wisdom, a mighty fine flatpicker, and an all around swell human being. If you’ve yet to meet him, I hope you get the chance soon!

            Classes are starting October 10! Each Saturday we’ll be offering three things: a workshop focusing on a particular instrument (Oct. 10 is a guitar workshop with Patrick Connell), a jamming workshop, and open jamming on the taborgrass lawn. We’ll also be offering a Zoom class each Wednesday evening focusing on learning songs and tunes.

            Instrument workshops will feature a local professional bluegrass musician sharing their advice on how to improve on their instrument. October 10 will feature a flatpick guitar workshop with Patrick Connell. Workshop attendance is capped at 10 people, first come first served. Tuition is $20. 11:00am-12:30pm. You must register in advance via this form: https://forms.gle/urAgqoGocyFLwoKE8 . This is necessary to keep workshops Covid-safe. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are mandatory. Bring your instrument, your questions, and a notebook if you’re the note-taking type.

             Jam workshops will be led by Patrick Connell and I, and will focus on building the skills required to jam in the wider bluegrass world. We’ll discuss how to call a song, communicate non-verbally, play breaks, and add in fancy stuff like kickoffs, fills, and bass runs. Workshop attendance is capped at 10 people, first come first served. Tuition is $20. 1:00-2:30pm. You must register in advance via this form: https://forms.gle/y1K89vHhYRUPvbL79 . This is necessary to keep workshops Covid-safe. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are mandatory. Bring your instrument, and come with a song or tune you’d like to call.

            Open jamming will take place on the lawn at Waverly from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Please bring a chair if you’d like to sit. Social distancing will be observed. Suggested donation $5.

            Zoom classes will take place each Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm. Each class will focus on a small selection of songs and tunes, to be announced beforehand. Given the timing delay when using zoom, it’s not really possible for all of us to play together in the way we normally would. Instead, these classes will consist of Patrick and I leading songs and tunes that students can play along with while muted, then discussing the songs and answering questions. This class is open to everyone! Tuition is $5. Use this form to register and receive an invitation to the zoom meeting: https://forms.gle/heoPALUL5He8oeTUA

So excited to get Taborgrass back up and running! Virtual or not, hope to see you all soon!


Kaden

Friday, September 18, 2020

Please take a minute to fill in this one-question survey!

Hey Taborgrassers! 


Taborgrass is going to be a little different this year, but boy am I excited about it.

I’ve been cooking up some Covid-safe alternatives to the traditional Taborgrass class structure, and I want to know what all of you are most excited about. If you’re interested in attending any jams, classes, or workshops, please do me a favor and fill out this one-question survey: https://forms.gle/rifDgWKqiB1CSyRi9. It shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds (about one verse of Bury Me Beneath the Willow at 60bpm), and will be very helpful to me as I figure out what programs to run at Taborgrass this fall. 

We're taking Covid-19 safety very seriously. All in-person workshops will be capped at a small number of students, social distancing will be observed, and facemasks will be mandatory. If you have any specific concerns, I'd love to hear them! 

You can also keep up with all things Taborgrass by joining our new Facebook group!: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1064205227383471

I’m really excited to continue the Taborgrass spirit this fall, to see what you’ve all been up to, and to carry on Greg’s phenomenal work. Looking forward to picking with you soon.

Grassingly yours,

Kaden

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