Saturday, September 11, 2021

...We're Back!

Good News Taborgrassers!

Taborgrass is going to be back at Waverly with some in person classes starting October 9! (Also stay tuned for some upcoming Zoom bluegrass bootcamp workshops to get your fingers back in shape!) We're so excited to get back at it after a Summer break, and can't wait to see you.

Here's the details:

Classes start October 9, and will happen every Saturday at Waverly UCC 3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland, OR 97202

We've got some brand new classes we're super excited to show you. Here's the schedule:

Saturdays:
Song Class 12:30-1:45
This class is all about how to learn and jam on bluegrass songs. We'll be walking you through some bluegrass classics, working on their chord progressions, melodies, and lyrics. The focus will be on giving you new songs to call at a jam.

Tune Class 2:00-3:15
This class is all about fiddle tunes! We'll be learning some jam favorites from the bluegrass and old time repertoire, focusing on getting the melodies in our heads and the notes in our fingers. 

This class is melody oriented; if you're a banjo or dobro player that isn't used to playing the same melody a fiddle might play (e.g. rolling through a tune) but would like to learn fiddle tunes, get in touch with us at taborgrass@gmail.com.

Jam Class 3:30-4:45
A whole class just for jamming! Here we'll be working on all the ins and outs of playing music with other people. We'll work on calling songs, taking breaks, listening in, and communicating with your fellow jammers. Bring a song or tune to call!

Open Jam 12:30-4:45
Back by popular demand! We'll have a room set aside for folks interested in just getting together to play. To coordinate jam times with other Taborgrassers, head on over to our facebook group

Pricing:
$10 for one class, $5 for each additional class
$5 suggested donation for the open jam

Covid-19 Policy

Obviously, minimizing covid-19 risk is a huge priority for us over at Taborgrass HQ. We really care about all of you, and want Taborgrass to be as safe as possible. Here's our policy:

In order to attend Taborgrass, you must be vaccinated
This is among the best ways to keep yourself and others safe. On your first visit, please bring either your vaccination record card or a clear photograph of it. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from being vaccinated, get in touch with us at taborgrass@gmail.com.

Masks on at all times
If you're inside the building, please wear a mask, especially when singing. You can read more about singing and covid risk here.

We can't wait to see you soon! As always, feel free to get in touch with us at taborgrass@gmail.com

Grassingly yours,
Patrick and Kaden





Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tomorrow: The Last Zoom Class of the Year!

 Hey Everyone!

Come on by tomorrow for our last zoom class of the year! We'll have more fun stuff planned over the summer, but this will be the last weekly zoom class, at least for a while. Thanks for sticking around!

Just like last week, we're keeping things simple. Click here to join the zoom meeting, and click here to donate via paypal. Suggested donation $5

This week, we'll be working on:

"Rose of Old Kentucky" in A

"Soldier's Joy"

"Lonesome River" in D
This one's not on the taborgrass site yet, check out the chords and lyrics here, and listen here.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Final Zoom Class of the year!

 Hey Taborpals!

Our last zoom class of the year is coming up on Wednesday! We'll take a little break, then be back with some new class offerings in the summer.

Just like last week, we're keeping things simple. Click here to join the zoom meeting, and click here to donate via paypal. Suggested donation $5

This week, we'll be working on:

"Rose of Old Kentucky" in A

"Soldier's Joy"

"Lonesome River" in D
This one's not on the taborgrass site yet, check out the chords and lyrics here, and listen here.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom Class Tomorrow

 Zoom Class is on for Tomorrow! Note: We'll have zoom class on 5/12 and 5/19, then take a little break to get ready for what Taborgrass will be up to over the summer. Stay tuned!

Just like last week, we're keeping things simple. Click here to join the zoom meeting, and click here to donate via paypal. Suggested donation $5

This week, we'll be working on:

"Rose of Old Kentucky" in A

"Little Cabin Home on the Hill" in G

"Soldier's Joy"

Check out Tommy Jarrell playing Soldier's Joy. Tommy is a legend in the Old-Time world, and his playing will give you a sense of what these tunes sound like in a traditional context. Sometimes the tune has lots of notes, sometimes few, always grooving!

Friday, May 7, 2021

5/12 Zoom Class

More Zoom Class coming 'atcha on Wednesday May 12!

Just like last week, we're keeping things simple. Click here to join the zoom meeting, and click here to donate via paypal. Suggested donation $5

This week, we'll be working on:

"Rose of Old Kentucky" in A

"Little Cabin Home on the Hill" in G

"Soldier's Joy"

Give a listen to Doc Watson and David Holt playing Soldier's Joy! Get the melody stuck in your head, and we'll see you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Zoom Class Tomorrow

We're simplifying our zoom class sign ups! No more forms to fill out, instead you'll find the link to the zoom meeting and paypal below, as well as details on what we'll be working on. 

March 5 Zoom Class    6-7pm PST


To join the zoom class, click here
This link will take you directly to the zoom meeting

To donate to Taborgrass via paypal, click here
$5 suggested donation for the zoom class

We'll be working on:
Rose of Old Kentucky in A

Big Sciota

Little Cabin Home on the Hill in G


In the meantime, check out this video of Billy Strings playing Rose of Old Kentucky right here in Portland OR!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

5/5 Zoom Class

 Hey Taborpals!

Zoom class is coming up Wednesday March 5!

We're simplifying our zoom class sign up, and going on the honor system! Rather than signing up via a form, following a link to paypal, and waiting for an email with zoom information, everything you need is right here:

March 5 Zoom Class    6-7pm PST

To join the zoom class, click here
This link will take you directly to the zoom meeting

To donate to Taborgrass via paypal, click here
$5 suggested donation for the zoom class

We'll be working on:
Rose of Old Kentucky in A

Big Sciota

Little Cabin Home on the Hill in G


Give a listen to Bill singing Rose of Old Kentucky, and we'll see you Wednesday!



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Zoom Class Tonight!

 Zoom Class is on Tonight!

We're adding Little Cabin Home on the Hill into the mix, and following up on Big Sciota and Think of What You've Done. Hard to get more classic than that! 

See you there Taborgrassers!

Monday, April 26, 2021

4/28 Zoom Class

 Hey pals!

Zoom Class is on for Wednesday! We'll dig into Big Sciota, Think of What You've Done, and Little Cabin Home on the Hill.

See you there!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Zoom Class Tomorrow!

 Hey pals! Zoom Class is on for tomorrow! We'll be working on the jam favorites Big Sciota, Think of What You've Done, and Before I Met You. See you there!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

4/21 Zoom Class: Big Sciota!

 Zoom Class on Wednesday! We'll be breaking down Big Sciota, and rolling along with Before I Met You and Think of What You've Done. What a hoot! See y'all there.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Zoom Class Tonight!

Zoom Class tonight! We're adding Think of What You've Done into the mix, working up some wedding-appropriate material with Before I met You, and figuring out what notes we really need in Billy in the Lowground. Tonight at 6, hope to see you there!


Monday, April 12, 2021

4/14 Zoom Class

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Zoom Class is on for this Wednesday April 14! We'll be working on Billy in the Lowground, Before I met You, and the Stanley Brothers' classic Think of What You've Done. Give 'em a listen below, hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Zoom Class Tomorrow!

 Zoom Class is on for tomorrow! 

We'll work on Billy in the Lowground, Love of the Mountains, and a new song for Taborgrass Before I Met You. Give ol' J.D. Crowe a listen, and we'll see you tomorrow!


Thursday, April 1, 2021

April 7 Zoom Class

 Hey Everyone!

Looking forward to next week's Zoom Class! We're throwing a new song into the mix: Before I Met You. Give a listen to Flatt and Scruggs playing it below! We'll also be working on Billy in the Lowground and Love of the Mountains. See you there!


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Zoom Class Tonight!

 Zoom Class is on for tonight! 

Love of the Mountains, Down the Road, and Billy in the Lowground are all on the schedule for tonight. Come say hi!

In the meantime, give a listen to Tashina Claridge playing Billy in the Lowground Texas-style!


Sunday, March 28, 2021

3/31 Zoom Class

 Hey Everyone!

Zoom Class is coming up on Wednesday! This week we'll start looking at Billy in the Lowground: how it goes, where the important notes are, and why it's got all those notes in the first place. We'll also keep working on Love of the Mountains and Down the Road. Wooo!


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Zoom Class Tonight!

 Hey All!


Zoom Class is on for tonight! Working up Shady Grove, Down the Road, and new tune Love of the Mountains. Give a listen to our pals Midnight Run picking it. See you Wednesday!


Monday, March 22, 2021

Zoom Class 3/24

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Huge thanks to all of you that tuned in to SpringGrass on Saturday! Great to see so many familiar faces!

Zoom Class is rolling right along on Wednesday 3/24! We'll keep working up Shady Grove and Down the Road, and add Love of the Mountains into the mix. Give 'ol Larry Sparks a listen to refresh your memory! See you Wednesday!


Monday, March 15, 2021

Zoom Class and Spring Grass!

 Hey Everyone!

Zoom Class is coming up on Wednesday! We're adding Flatt and Scruggs' "Down the Road" into the mix this week. Can't beat it!

We've also got Spring Grass coming up this Saturday! Full day of workshops and performances, pay what you want, all from the comfort of your own Zoom account. All the details are at the link above, check out the lineup below!






Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Zoom Tomorrow, and SpringGrass next Saturday!

 Hey Taborpals!

Zoom Class is on for tomorrow! We'll dig into the Garcia/Grisman version of Shady Grove, the Doc Watson classic Streamline Cannonball, and see if we can't demystify June Apple a bit. Gonna be a hoot!


You're all also invited to attend the all zoom bluegrass festival we're putting on on March 20. It's called SpringGrass, it's donation based, all proceeds go to the artists, and we'd love to see you there! Lineup an details on the website.


In the meantime, here's Doc Watson himself picking on Shady Grove. See y'all soon!


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Zoom Class and SpringGrass!!!

 Hey Taborpals!

Zoom Class is coming up next Wednesday 3/10!
We'll keep digging into Streamline Cannonball and June Apple, and add Shady Grove into the mix. There's PLENTY of versions of this song out there, we'll be sticking pretty close to the David Grisman and Jerry Garcia version. Details in the music section on the site!

In other news, we (Patrick and Kaden) are putting on an all-zoom bluegrass festival on March 20!
It's called SpringGrass, and will feature workshops, performances, and everything in between from a plethora of local and national bluegrass extraordinaires. It's also donation based, with 100% of proceeds going to the artists. Check out the website for lineup and details, we'd love to see you there!


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Zoom Class Tomorrow!

 Zoom Class is coming up tomorrow! We'll be spending some time finding more and less notey ways to play June Apple, plus picking a bit on Streamline Cannonball and Long Journey Home. Gonna be a hoot!


In the meantime, give June Apple a listen old-time style, from Doc Watson and David Holt:


Thursday, February 25, 2021

3/3 Zoom Class

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Zoom Class is coming up on Wednesday 3/3! We'll be working on Long Journey Home, Streamline Cannonball, and start finding our way through June Apple. Hope to see you there!


Friday, February 19, 2021

Banjo and Mandolin workshops Saturday, Zoom Class next Wednesday!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

We've got workshops this Saturday! Plus, Zoom Class Wednesday 2/24!

Workshops this Saturday 2/20:

FRETBOARD! This workshop is all about finding your way around it. We'll talk about figuring out what note you're on, finding scales, chords, and arpeggios, and how all the strings relate to each other. Let's go fretboard spelunking!

From Scruggs to  Hartford  to Danny Barnes, Brian has licks that he wants you to have.

This week we'll start looking at Streamlined Cannonball, a Roy Acuff song injected into the bluegrass universe by Doc Watson. Check out Doc Watson's take on it, plus a peak into Doc's legacy through Bryan Sutton and Billy Strings below. See you soon folks! 




Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Zoom Tonight, more workshops this Saturday!

 Hey Everyone!


Zoom Class is coming up tonight! Plus, Banjo and Mandolin workshops this Saturday! Today's zoom class will be looking at Dark as a Dungeon, Gold Rush, and Long Journey Home. Check out the workshop schedule below, hope to see you soon Taborgrassers!


Saturday February 20



Thursday, February 11, 2021

Workshops Saturday!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Fiddle and Guitar workshops are coming up this Saturday 2/13! Plus, Banjo and Mandolin workshops the following weekend. See the schedule below!

We've also got our weekly Zoom Class coming up this Wednesday 2/17, where we'll dig into Gold Rush, Dark as a Dungeon, and the jam-favorite Long Journey Home. Hope to see you there!


Workshop Schedule:
Saturday February 13
10:30: Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec



Saturday February 20

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Zoom Class tomorrow!

 Hey Taborpals!

Our Weekly Zoom Class is coming up tomorrow, 6pm PST! We'll be following up on Rolling in my Sweet Baby's Arms, and Dark as a Dungeon, and taking a look at the Byron Berline classic "Gold Rush".

Plus, zoom workshops coming up the next two Saturdays! Schedule below, hope to see you there!

Saturday February 13
10:30: Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec



Saturday February 20
12:00: Mandolin Workshop with Kaden Hurst

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Zoom Class, Workshops, and Gold Rush!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Workshops are back! Coming atcha with all your Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin needs Schedule below! If you play bass or dobro and are interested in taborgrass workshops, shoot us an email at taborgrass@gmail.com.

All times PST
Wednesday February 10 at 6pm: Weekly Zoom Class

Saturday February 13
10:30: Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec



Saturday February 20
12:00: Mandolin Workshop with Kaden Hurst

We'll leave you this week with Byron Berline and Mark O'Connor playing this week's new zoom class tune, "Gold Rush"


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Zoom Class Tomorrow!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

 Zoom class tomorrow! We've got the Merle Travis mining classic "Dark as a Dungeon", gospel duet "Where the Soul of Man Never Dies", and the jam favorite "Roll in my Sweet Baby's Arms". 

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

2/3 Zoom Class

Hey Taborgrassers!

Another zoom class coming up next Wednesday 2/3! We'll be adding Dark as a Dungeon into the mix, plus Where the Soul of Man Never dies and Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms. Playing the hits!


Hope to see you there pals!


Monday, January 25, 2021

Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Thanks for jumping into last weekend's workshops! Looking forward to doing more soon. We'll have our weekly zoom class on Wednesday, digging into Where the Soul of Man Never Dies, Clinch Mountain Backstep, and the perennial jam favorite Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms. 

Hope to see y'all there!


Friday, January 22, 2021

Workshops This Weekend!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Still time to register for this weekend's workshops! Patrick and I will be joined by some of our favorite local pickers, Annie Staninec and Brian Alley, in zoom workshops for Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, and Banjo. Links and schedule below, we'd love to see you there!

Workshops:

We'll also have our weekly Zoom Class next Wednesday 1/27. 

Take care out there!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Zoom Class tonight, Workshops this Weekend!

 Hey Taborpals!


Hope to see you at tonight's Zoom Class! We'll be digging into Clinch Mountain Backstep, Footprints in the Snow, and Where the Soul of Man Never Dies. All gems!

We're also getting some zoom workshops up and running, starting this weekend! Schedule and sign-up links below. Take care out there!

Workshops:
Saturday 1/23

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Zoom Class on Wednesday, and Workshops this Weekend!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Good news! In addition to this week's Zoom Class on Wednesday, we'll be offering some Zoom workshops this weekend! Hometown heroes Annie Staninec and Brian Alley will teach fiddle and banjo workshops respectively, and Patrick and Kaden (that's us!) will offer up some guitar and mandolin. Schedule below! We're looking into doing dobro and bass workshops in the future, so if you're interested, please let us know at taborgrass@gmail.com!

Workshops:
Saturday 1/23
10:30am Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec

Sunday 1/24

We'll leave you this week with one of our favorite videos on the internet, some backstage footage of Noam Pikelny, Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb playing "Born to Be With You". 

See you soon!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

First Class of the Year tomorrow!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

We've got the First Zoom Class of the Year coming up tomorrow! We'll be taking a look at a classic from "Doctor" Ralph Stanley, Clinch Mountain Backstep. Give it a listen, and hope to see you there!


Thursday, January 7, 2021

We're Back!

 Hey Taborgrassers!

We're back! We hope you've all had a good holiday break, and are excited to start picking again in 2021! Zoom Class is back on January 13, where we'll be working on Footprints in the Snow, Clinch Mountain Backstep, and the gospel duet Where the Soul of Man Never Dies. Hope to see you there!

The bluegrass world lost a legend over the holidays with the passing of Tony Rice. If you'd like to learn more about Tony's music and contributions to bluegrass, you can read this article by Chris Eldridge, a former student of Tony's and one of the finest guitar pickers around. 

Take care out there Taborgrassers!